Internship Program

Milkweed Editions provides ongoing unpaid internship opportunities designed to give interns the chance to gain hands-on experience at a nonprofit publishing house. Internships are available in our offices in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

We offer a general internship, and over the course of the session, interns will assist with projects from all areas of our operation, including editorial, marketing, and development. Five internship positions are available each session. The internship is intended for those who are serious about pursuing these areas, and the acceptance process will be highly selective. Please see the description below for detailed information on the internship and application process. Please indicate in your cover letter what applicable experience you might have in the different areas (editorial, marketing, development). We try to tailor intern projects to individual interests as much as possible, but please keep in mind that one of the goals of the internship is for participants to gain skills in each department, for a more well-rounded experience. All interns are expected to help with general office administrative tasks such as data entry, photocopying, mailings, and other support tasks as needed.




Interns will gain hands-on experience and training in most aspects of editorial, marketing, and development work, while also gaining a good understanding of nonprofit literary publishing through assisting with a wide range of projects.

Interns' responsibilities can include:

  • Reading, evaluating, and reporting on submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and books for young readers

  • Sending manuscript rejections, requests, and submission guidelines

  • Editing manuscript proofs and promotional materials

  • Completing fact checks for manuscripts in production

  • Assisting with mailings to media, booksellers, and other contacts

  • Assisting with publicity materials, media research, and outreach

  • Assisting the marketing staff with nationwide tours and local events

  • Conducting prospect research and analysis to support the development team's solicitation strategies

  • Assisting with the design, copy writing, and production of donor materials and ongoing correspondence

  • Providing logistical and clerical support for donor events; duties may include: preparing mailings, designing invitations, working with outside vendors, maintaining database, coordinating event logistics

  • Providing substantial research and recommendations regarding key projects

  • General administrative work (copying, filing, sorting mail, etc.)

  • Assisting all members of the staff as needed

Necessary skills and qualifications:

  • A commitment to working twenty-four hours per week for four months

  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented individual with excellent written, verbal, and organizational skills

  • Skill in coordinating and completing special projects and routine tasks

  • Excellent online and computer skills, with experience in Microsoft office and a Mac environment

  • Ability to work independently and with others

  • Dependability, flexibility, and ability to maintain confidentiality

  • Ability to work well under pressure and to juggle various deadlines

  • A passion for publishing and knowledge of contemporary literature, including titles published by Milkweed Editions (preferred)




  • Spring session (January through mid-May)

  • Summer session (mid-May through early September)

  • Fall session (September through December)



Your application (cover letter, a resume with two listed references, and a completed internship application form; ideally as one combined PDF) must be received by Milkweed no later than the deadline listed below. These are not postmark deadlines. Please specify in your cover letter to which internship session you are applying. Applications can be emailed to internships [at] Please include your last name in both the subject line of your email, and in the file name of the application document(s). (i.e. Smith_Application.pdf).

  • March 15: Summer session

  • July 15: Fall session

  • November 15: Spring session 


It is the policy of Milkweed Editions to afford equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a disabled veteran, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class recognized by applicable laws.


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