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Library Internship

The Center for Fiction is looking for current MLIS students for a Spring internship beginning in January, or Summer internship beginning in June working with our special library collection. This is an unpaid position but can be taken for school credit.

Interns will help maintain the Center’s fiction library and gain experience in original and copy cataloging of materials, circulation, weeding, reference, readers advisory, and hands-on work with our circulating and nineteenth-century collection. In addition, interns will get experience working in a special, membership library in support of a non-profit arts organization.

This internship requires a minimum commitment of two five-hour shifts per week with a maximum of 20 hours per week. All interns will receive a free year’s membership to the Center for Fiction (a value of $180), which includes borrowing privileges and discounts on classes and book and café purchases.

Interested candidates should email the head librarian Allison Escoto at allison@centerforfiction.org with a copy of their resume and cover letter. Please put “internship” in the subject line of the e-mail. No phone calls, please.

The Center for Fiction, founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the vital art of fiction. The mission of the Center for Fiction is to encourage people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and enjoyment.

Our new location in downtown Brooklyn is ideally situated among other cultural institutions and can provide an enriching and educational internship in many aspects of librarianship.

Events Production Internship

The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit literary organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to celebrating fiction. In February 2019, we opened the doors to our new building in Downtown Brooklyn, creating a home for NYC’s literary community.

We’re known for our special literary events, including our innovative panels, performances, lectures, and conversations, and we need interns to help them run smoothly. We are seeking students who are passionate about the literary world and who want to participate as a team to ensure the programs here are of the highest possible quality for all involved.

This is a great opportunity to practice literary citizenship, learn more about the literary world, and to get hands-on experience that could translate to work in publishing, programming events, and independent bookstores.

Duties include:

  • Setting up the stage with the producer
  • Leading volunteers in set up and breakdown of the auditorium
  • Hosting authors and guests before and after the formal presentation
  • Helping our producer with some aspects of audio/visual production, as needed

This is a non-paying internship, but benefits include:

  • An opportunity to meet and interact with great writers, editors, performers, artists, and other professionals
  • Free Center for Fiction Membership (complete with all membership perks and discounts)
  • One free CFF boot camp writing workshop with a highly regarded professional author
  • A letter of recommendation after meeting goals and expectations for the season
  • We are also willing to work with your school if there is an opportunity to do the internship for credit.

The Spring event season runs from February through May. Most public events are Tues-Thurs evenings, with occasional weekend events. Shifts are from roughly 5 until 9 pm, with occasional openings for daytime KidsRead events.

To apply, please send an email with a brief introduction and your availability to melanie@centerforfiction.org. Interviews will begin in early January.

Call for Volunteers: Events Team

We’re known for our special literary events, including our innovative panels, performances, lectures, and conversations, and we need volunteers to help them run smoothly. We are seeking people who are passionate about the literary world and who want to participate as a team to ensure the programs here are of the highest possible quality for all involved. Shifts are mostly evenings, from 5 until 9 pm, with occasional openings for daytime KidsRead events.

Duties include:

  • Setting up and breaking down events
  • Greeting and ushering guests in a courteous manner
  • Helping our producer with audio/visual production
  • Hosting authors and guests in signing lines after the event

This is a non-paying position, but, depending on the number of shifts signed up for and interest, the benefits could include:

  • Free Center for Fiction Membership (complete with all membership perks and discounts)
  • Training on a professional camera
  • Training on live audio and video production
  • Real-world experience in the field of technical production
  • An opportunity to listen to, meet and interact with great writers, editors, performers, artists, and other professionals

To volunteer, please send a brief note about yourself and your availability to volunteers@centerforfiction.org.