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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 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 2019 Internships: January 30, 2019
Summer 2019 Internships: April 1, 2019

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Mary Gannon, Executive Director, at mgannon@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.

Spring 2018 Interns

Merita LubaniMerita Lubani earned her BA in English literature, Summa Cum Laude, at Lehman College at The City University of New York. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming on Anderbo, BlazeVox, and O Gocë. Besides expanding her chapbook manuscript, Bullet Bundled in Hay, she is researching early modern Western European perceptions of the Balkan Peninsula. As the daughter of ethnic Albanian Muslim immigrants from Montenegro, she “relates to indie literature as a liminal space, where everything seems familiar at first, but never quite is.” Merita will be attending University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s English MA/PhD program in Fall 2018. You can follow her journey via Instagram—her handle is @libraekafe.

Megan SwensonMegan Swenson earned BAs 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 literary magazine and small press publishing; she hopes to continue working in the independent literary community after completing her graduate degree.

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