Editorial Intern, Basic Books (2019-2020 academic year)
New York, NY
Job Description

Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, a Hachette Book Group company, is seeking an intern in our Editorial Department for the 2019-2020 academic year, running from September 23-December 13, 2019 and from February 3-April 24, 2020. The paid internship is 16 hours per week, at $15 per hour. The internship offers an opportunity to learn about different aspects of non-fiction book publishing, and particularly the work of book editors, while performing the day-to-day responsibilities described below. Scheduling is flexible, although we recommend that you attend our Wednesday morning Editorial Board meeting, where we discuss book proposals under consideration for acquisition.

Please provide a Resume AND a Cover Letter describing the reasons for your interest in the position and in Basic Books.

  • Work with editorial assistants and editors to write sales and marketing copy and other materials
  • Research comparable works
  • Review book proposals and write reader's reports
  • Perform administrative duties, including book mailings
  • Assist in the submission of books for prizes and awards
  • Attend and contribute in editorial and marketing meetings

  • Strong academic and extracurricular record
  • A passion for serious non-fiction, and a strong interest in learning about book publishing generally and editorial acquisitions specifically
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Must be highly organized, capable of multi-tasking, and detail-oriented
  • Must be able to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Must demonstrate imagination, creativity, original thinking, and ability to take initiative
  • Proficiency in Word, Outlook, and Excel


Since its founding in 1952, Basic Books has shaped public debate by publishing award-winning works of non-fiction in history, science and mathematics, sociology, psychology, politics, and current affairs. Recent books include Stefon Alexander's The Jazz of Physics, Martin Ford's Rise of the Robots, Eric Topol's Deep Medicine, Lawrence Tribe and Joshua Matz's To End a Presidency, Edward Baptist's The Half Has Never Been Told, and Adam Zamoyski's Napoleon. You can learn more about us and our books at http://www.basicbooks.com/.
Job Type Internship