Soft Skull is always looking for smart, motivated, and talented people who want to dive head-first into indie publishing… and can work for free.
We hire for following departments: Editorial/Production, Publicity/Marketing, Website/Social Media
Author-driven, we devote all energy to the fresh, cutting-edge, and literary voices of our authors. The genres we cover are vast—fiction and nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and anthologies, all of which collectively focus on current affairs and politics, counterculture, music, history, memoir, literary biography, religion, and philosophy.
Our small staff is friendly, fun, hardworking, and heavily reliant upon our interns to keep our momentum. We hire people who are thorough, diligent, flexible, and conscientious, and who enjoy a friendly and fast-paced working environment wherein staff rely on their acute attention to detail. Our interns have the ability and eagerness to pitch in on anything—from galley preparation and manuscript proofreading to website updates and author event planning. If you’re smart, computer savvy, an enthusiastic self-starter, and you love books, then we encourage you to apply.
length of internship
Generally our internships last 3–4 months. Priority is given to interns who can commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week.
All interns must bring his or her own laptop to work.
While our internships do not pay, we offer in-the-trenches experience and a complete tutorial of the book publishing industry and the publishing process itself. We do our best to tailor the internship program to our interns’ specific interests.
how to apply
Email a PDF of your cover letter and resume to email@example.com, with INTERNSHIP and the DEPARTMENT in which you would like to work in the subject heading, as well as the SEASON(s) you are interested in interning during. In the body of your email, include firm start and end dates of availability and how many hours a week you can participate. Please include which operating system you have on your laptop.
application due date (by season):
Spring (January–May): December 15
Summer (June–August): May 15
Fall (September–December): August 15