Spring 2022 Editorial & Publicity Intern, Basic Books & Seal Press

Editorial United States



Basic Books is a leading publisher of serious, scholarly nonfiction aimed at a wide audience of general readers, and it is an imprint of Perseus Books, a Hachette Book Group company. Basic’s Seal Press imprint publishes radical and groundbreaking feminist nonfiction books that help readers to see the world in a new light.

We are seeking a creative and organized intern for our joint Editorial and Publicity Fall internship. This position is a wonderful opportunity for someone with an interest in serious ideas who wants to learn about all facets of book publishing and develop excellent writing and communication skills. The internship runs from January -  April, is 28 hours a week (4 days a week), and is paid $15 an hour. Two days are spent working in the editorial department and the other two days in the publicity department. 

We encourage anyone interested in launching a career in publishing supporting serious nonfiction titles, especially those from backgrounds that have been underrepresented in the industry, to apply for this unique opportunity.

In order to be considered, please submit a resume and a cover letter. The cover letter should (1) address the applicant’s specific interest in the nonfiction publishing programs at Basic Books and Seal Press and (2) briefly discuss a piece of nonfiction writing (e.g. a book, a book review, or an essay or article) that changed how you think about something.

Editorial responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing and reporting on book proposals
  • Drafting jacket flap copy and other descriptive material
  • Researching comparative works and sales figures
  • Assisting with book mailings and awards submissions
  • Contributing to discussions of proposed books and potential authors

Publicity responsibilities include:

  • Researching media contacts and maintaining databases
  • Assisting with galley and review copy mailings
  • Helping publicists pitch books and assisting in responding to media queries
  • Writing press materials

Our Requirements:

  • College student, graduating senior, or recent graduate
  • 28 hours/week commitment
  • Passion for history, science, or the social sciences
  • Strong interest in nonfiction book publishing
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Extremely detail oriented and organized

Since its founding in 1950, Basic Books has shaped public debate by publishing award-winning books in history, science, sociology, psychology, politics, and current affairs—written mostly by academic authors for a general, non-expert readership. Recent books include Neil Price’s Children of Ash and Elm, Walter Johnson’s The Broken Heart of America, Peniel Joseph’s The Sword and the Shield, Stephon Alexander’s The Jazz of Physics, David Spiegelhalter’s The Art of Statistics, Jonathan Metzl’s Dying of Whiteness, Beverly Daniel Tatum’s Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, Erika Lee’s America for Americans, and Judea Pearl and Dana Mackenzie’s The book of Why. You can learn more  at http://www.basicbooks.com/

Seal Press was founded in 1976 and stands as one of the most enduring feminist publishing houses to emerge from the women’s press movement of the 1970s. Seal publishes radical and groundbreaking books that inspire and challenge readers, that humanize urgent issues, that build much-needed bridges in divisive times, and help us see the world in a new light. Recent books include Ijeoma Oluo’s Mediocre, Dianne M. Stewart’s Black Women, Black Love, Leslie Brody’s Sometimes You Have to Lie, Minda Harts’s The Memo, Susan Stryker’s Transgender History, and Julia Serrano’s Whipping Girl. Learn more at www.sealpress.com

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