Readers & Writers
Publisher Resources

Do you love independent literature? Read literary magazines and small press books in your free time? Are you interested in a career connected with small press publishing? 

CLMP offers competitive, compensated internships providing a broad introduction to all aspects of literary arts administration.

Our interns are involved in all aspects of work at our NYC office. Joining CLMP’s small, dynamic staff means you’ll learn and contribute in marketing, membership, development, operations, event planning, reading, and editing on a weekly basis. From planning poetry readings to organizing press contacts, managing book fairs, or snapping Instagram photos, an internship with CLMP is multifaceted, self-led, and rewards creative and motivated literary citizens with a passion for our industry.

Internships are offered three times yearly, on the traditional academic calendar, and are compensated with a stipend of $500. Interns are expected to work between 12 to 15 hours per week for approximately three months. Academic credit is available, but you do not need to be a student to apply. You must be able to commit to the full length of the internship, which takes place on-site (a requirement), at our office in NYC’s West Village.

CLMP’s supportive staff and intimate work environment offer interns an incredible overview of indie publishing, programming, development, and all things organization management. Everyone at CLMP, including interns, is a vital part of the mission.—Isabella Palacpac, Summer 2017

My experience with CLMP provided me with an understanding of the various aspects of managing a literary organization, from data management, to outreach, to research, all within an inclusive work environment. It is one of my goals in life to uplift marginalized voices and writers within the literary world, and working with CLMP staff helped me understand how to navigate obstacles in the literary industry.”Davon M. Blanks, Summer 2017

Application Deadlines:

Spring 2018 Internships: November 15, 2017
Summer 2018 Internships: April 1, 2018

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Natalie Mesnard, Director of Programs & Strategic Communications, at nmesnard@clmp.org. In your cover letter, please address your specific interest in independent publishing and arts administration. If you happen to use social media, please also provide links to your web presence in the body of your email.

Fall 2017 Interns

Juliann Nelson

Juliann Nelson received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Public and Professional Writing and a B.S. in Business with majors in Marketing and International Business from Indiana University, where she also served as managing editor of Magic Jar Magazine. A former employee of two public libraries, Juliann is dedicated to literary accessibility and freedom of expression. She enjoys reading global stories with unique perspectives and hopes to one day help others share their stories and voices as an editor.

Megan Swenson

Megan Swenson earned B.A.s in Creative Writing and Anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder before entering New York University’s MFA program, where she is at work on a novel and the occasional short story. She also currently works as a copy editor for Washington Square Review. Thanks to an internship at One Story, Megan is passionate about small press publishing; she hopes to continue working in the independent literary community after completing her graduate degree.

Summer 2017 Interns

Davon Blanks

Davon M. Blanks received his B.A. in History and was a post-graduate fellow at Bard College. He is also a former Difference and Media Project (DMP) fellow, and is a 2016 recipient of the President Leon Botstein Prize. Seeking to uplift marginalized and oppressed voices through critical conversation, Davon has organized events at Bard centering on anti-colonial Black Aesthetics, radical politics, and the prison industrial complex.

Isabella Palacpac

Isabella Palacpac is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in music performance at The Juilliard School. As a cellist, she has performed throughout Europe, China, and North America, and was a member of the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of the USA. A passionate advocate for artistic outreach, she is the co-founder and former director of The Roots of Music Camp and The Congers Summer Music Camp, and was a Gluck Community Outreach Fellow at Juilliard.