Brink’s publishing internship program seeks to bring underrepresented and diverse voices into the publishing industry itself. Through our fifteen-week program, interns learn the essential ins and outs of the industry and become crucial contributors to the positive social change Brink affects every day.
Are you eager to foster a love of literature and stories? Do you believe in the power of the pen? Are you motivated by a desire to discover hidden gems of literary beauty and bring them to light?
An internship with Brink will provide you with firsthand experience in the publishing industry. Our programs are designed to bridge the gap between learning about publishing and working in the business.
Our internships are conducted entirely online, so applicants from anywhere in the world can participate in this remote publishing internship as long as they have access to WiFi. Typically, interns work approximately 10 hours a week. Every Brink intern is given a small stipend of $300 .
Guided by our professional staff, interns will receive extensive editorial training that covers everything from initial content and broad structural editing to perfecting final copies. Interns will work with general and contest submissions, polish pieces to be published in F(r)iction, and try their hands at both navigating the slush pile and managing celebrity authors.
The first half of the internship includes an intensive training program with our professional editorial staff. Interns learn how to coach writers from first drafts to polished publications. For the remaining half of the internship, interns will have the opportunity to work as independent Junior Editors. Interns will assist in the creation of F(r)iction and gain experience in every step of the publication process, including editing and general content management. Additionally, interns are asked to assist with the marketing and distribution of F(r)iction.
Interns will gain experience in industry correspondence: they will reach out to literary agents and publicists, request advance review copies for the season’s most anticipated books, and conduct Q&As with celebrity authors.
Brink provides interns with the opportunity to hone their own craft and technique in order to sharpen their editorial lens. Interns will write short pieces for group writing projects such as Dually Noted and draft book reviews for upcoming titles.
Interns will practice the basics of magazine layout and InDesign while learning about a production’s department’s workflow and role as part of an art and literature publisher.
Interns will assist with the management of marketing materials, social media accounts, and online publications.
How to Apply
Brink offers two internship sessions every year—spring and fall—with each internship lasting fifteen weeks.
Applications Open: Aug 1
Applicant Deadline: Dec 1
Referrer Deadline: Dec 15
Cycle runs: Jan – Apr
Applications Open: Mar 1
Applicant Deadline: July 1
Referrer Deadline: July 15
Cycle runs: Aug – Nov
Want to make your application stand out? Check out our Internship FAQ page.
Applications are closed and will reopen in March 2021 for our Fall 2021 cycle.
The internship program and wonderful people at Brink have taught me so much about writing and publishing, and I can definitely envision myself using what I learned now in future career paths. By receiving training in editing, I learned about what I value in a story, and this impacted my own growth as a writer as well. Being able to do direct outreach with different authors also helped to broaden my view of the literary community, and I’m excited to continue my publishing journey with these new skills.Miki Schumacher
Fall 2020 Intern
Interning at Brink has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had as a writer. I’ve been able to “peer behind the veil” of the literary publishing industry as well as learn and grow as an editor under the expertise of phenomenal teachers, colleagues, and friends. More importantly, I think, I’ve found myself immersed in a community of people who are genuinely passionate about the work that they do, about the written word, and about the importance of stories to the world.Craig Hartz
Spring 2020 Intern
Working as an intern with Brink has truly been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. I’ve gained firsthand experience in so many facets of the publishing industry, from editing live submissions to managing social media accounts. Most importantly, I’ve met a group of passionate people doing amazing work all around the world. I’m so proud to have contributed to an organization constantly striving to change the world through the power of story.Jaclyn Morken
Fall 2019 Intern