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Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable 2019 Internship Fair

March 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

MBPR 2019 Internship Fair
March 19, 2019 – 05:30 PM
Open Book, 1011 S Washington Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55415

Cost: Free

Are you looking for an opportunity to learn more about publishing? Consider becoming an intern for one of the many book or magazine publishers in the Twin Cities!

Join the Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable for the 2019 Internship Fair, where publishers will be on-site to answer your questions, take résumés, and discuss the opportunities available at their companies. A variety of internships are available in editorial, design, marketing, production, and other areas, including paid positions and those for academic credit; semester, summer-break, and flexible-schedule work; and opportunities for nontraditional students and experience-based and non-degree-holding applicants.

Event Information
The event runs from 5:30–7:30 p.m. We will have handouts with details on all participating companies. Bring at least ten copies of your résumé and be prepared to give brief (five-minute) informational interviews.

This event is free but to limited to 150 participants. Please reserve your space at this event on Eventbrite –

Participating Companies:

The list of participating publishers is growing! Please visit in early March to see all participants.

1517 Media

Christian. Non-profit. Publishing. We create resources for Christian worship and faith formation, for academic study and professional development, and for individual edification and spiritual growth. We have always embraced the media of the day to meet people where they are, in their lives and in their communities.

Internships offered: For the summer program: Accounting, Animation, Editorial, Graphic Design, HR, IT, and Marketing. We are happy to work with you to coordinate a part-time internship in the Fall or Spring as well.

Compensation offered: Summer interns earn $12/hour and Fall/Spring internships are solely for credit.

Coffee House Press

Coffee House Press is an internationally renowned independent book publisher and arts nonprofit based in Minneapolis, MN; through their literary publications and Books in Action program, CHP acts as a catalyst and connector—between authors and readers, ideas and resources, creativity and community, inspiration and action. Our mission is to create new spaces for audiences and artists to interact, inspiring readers and enriching communities by expanding the definition of what literature is, what it can do, and who it belongs to.

Internships offered: We offer a general internship that will introduce interns to all aspects of a small literary publisher, and will give skills that can easily transfer to larger publishing houses and other careers, both in the arts and elsewhere.

Compensation offered: $1,200 stipend, $100 of books.

Exile Press

Exile Press is a Minneapolis based, small publisher of award-winning books and apps in ESL, Korean language and culture, Children’s Early Readers, Graphic Novels & Poetry. Founded in 2006, we’re dedicated to what we can learn from beyond borders, to culture in communication and to what we may discover in the microcosm of word’s art, the complex beauty of the English language and the cultural diaspora of the global village. Our books are about inspiring an adventurous spirit in others and joining them on their journey. Our specialties include language acquisition, travel journals, philosophy, art books, and poetry. Our scope is global and beyond.

Internships offered: Social Media/Publicist, Sales/Promotions, Web Designer/Developer, and Graphic Designer internships are available; 10-20 hours/week (minimum 3-month commitment)

Compensation offered: Small stipend at completion of internship

Free Spirit Publishing

Free Spirit Publishing is the leading publisher of learning tools that support young people’s social-emotional health and educational needs. We help children and teens think for themselves, overcome challenges, and make a difference in the world. Our publishing house is located in Golden Valley, Minnesota. We publish 25 to 30 books annually in the categories of early childhood, bullying & conflict resolution, gifted education, character education & service learning, and teacher resources & professional development.

Internships offered: We offer a publishing internship that focuses on editorial, sales, and marketing work in an entrepreneurial environment and exposes the intern to a range of other areas of publishing at Free Spirit, including production, design, and publicity.

Compensation offered: Upon completion, interns will receive a small stipend.

Graywolf Press

Graywolf Press is a nonprofit literary publisher of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and work in translation. We are committed to the discovery and energetic publication of twenty-first century American and international literature. We champion outstanding writers at all stages of their careers to ensure that adventurous readers can find underrepresented and diverse voices in a crowded marketplace.

Internships offered: Graywolf offers four to six focused departmental internships per session: two editorial internships, one or two fundraising/development internships, and one or two marketing and publicity internships.

Compensation offered: Unpaid

Growing Communities for Peace: Smart Tools for Life

Memorable and engaging books and music for young children that support personal peace and wellbeing. Skills for problem-solving, empathy, and compassion empower children. Through our books and music, they can sink deeply—for life—into children’s hearts and minds.

Internships offered: Blogging and social media, Kickstarter and/or GoFundMe campaign development and management, writing news releases, build the brand on social media, grantwriting

Compensation offered: Variable

Lerner Publishing Group

Lerner Publishing Group creates the highest-quality nonfiction and fiction content for children and young adults in a variety of subjects and formats. Based in Minneapolis since its founding in 1959, Lerner Publishing Group is one of the nation’s largest independent children’s book publishers.

Internships offered: Marketing; Design; Digital & Editorial

Compensation offered: We pay minimum wage and fulfill any requirements needed for school credit. The intern is responsible for determining if and how school credit can be earned as part of their internship.

The Loft Literary Center

Founded in 1974 (incorporated in 1975), the Loft is a haven for readers and writers; one of the largest centers of its kind in the country. Our mission is to advance the artistic development of writers, foster a thriving literary community, and inspire a passion for literature.

Internships offered: The Loft usually has internships dedicated to Wordplay (our annual book festival), marketing and communications, and our summer youth program.

Compensation offered: Interns receive a $1,000 stipend.

Mayfly Design

Offering book design and production services for publishers and self-published authors.

Internships offered: Book cover design; book page design; typesetting

Compensation offered: Hourly

Milkweed Editions

Milkweed Editions is a nonprofit, independent book publisher specializing in literary nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. We believe that literature has the potential to change the way we see the world, and that bringing new voices to essential conversations is the clearest path to ensuring a vibrant, diverse, and empowered future. Learn more:

Internships offered: Milkweed Editions offers a four-month intensive introduction to independent book publishing. Over the course of the session, interns will assist with projects from all areas of our operation, including editorial, publicity, marketing, online and community engagement, and development (nonprofit fundraising). We try to tailor project assignments to individual interests as much as possible, but please keep in mind that one goal of the internship is for participants to develop an understanding of how each department functions within the contex


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