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Event Photography Internship (Unpaid 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 student photographers who are passionate about the literary world and who want to participate as a team to ensure the programs here are captured for archival and promotional purposes.

This is a great opportunity to practice literary citizenship, learn more about the literary world, and to get hands-on experience with live event photography. This position collaborates with the Production Assistant, Producer, Marketing Manager, and other members of the Center for Fiction team.

Familiarity with core image concepts are a must. Complete grasp and balance of aperture, ISO, WB, depth-of-focus and more are expected. As most photos are used the day after our event, images are taken in JPEG format and not subject to post-production. Prior experience working with Nikon DSLR cameras is preferred. Enthusiasm for literary events needed!

Duties include:

● Assisting staff and production interns with the setup and breakdown of the auditorium (moving chairs, music stands, etc.)

● Photographing guests before, during, and after events as well as shots of the audience and signing lines.

● Uploading the best photos to a drive for the marketing team and archiving the rest after each event.

● Proper care, use, and storage of CFF equipment.

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.

● Photography credits on our website and other materials

Previous interns have gone on to internships and full-time positions with publishers.

The internship runs from May 16th  to July 31st (with a break from June 27th to July 10th) . Most public events are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, with occasional weekend or daytime events. Event shifts run from roughly 6:30 pm until 8:45pm. The internship workload will generally range from two to three event shifts each week.

To apply, please email Eliana Cohen-Orth at with 3-5 photo samples, résumé, and a brief cover letter with your interest in author events and photography and any relevant experience by May 12th at noon, with “Photography Intern Application — [Your Name]” in the subject line.

The Center for Fiction is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Library Intern (Unpaid)

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 is to encourage people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and enjoyment. In February 2019, we opened the doors to our new building in Downtown Brooklyn, creating a home for NYC’s literary community. Our library collection has been in existence since our founding and continues to be a thriving part of our nonprofit. We are a membership library with a collection of literary fiction, mystery and suspense novels, and nonfiction titles about fiction. Our library interns gain experience in many facets of library work and a glimpse into a nonprofit organization with a special collection. This is an internship for current MLS students only.

Reports directly to the Head Librarian and assists in the maintenance of the library’s collection. Tasks will include:

  • Catalog materials (both original and copy)
  • Perform circulation tasks including check out, check in, run library and patron reports, process holds
  • Assist in weeding of onsite collection, including evaluation of materials and research of authors
  • Communicate with Center for Fiction members regarding library matters
  • Perform reference and reader’s advisory (when Center reopens its member floor and library stacks)
  • Represent the Library at Book Buzz events throughout the year
  • Assist Head Librarian in reading group maintenance including minimal work on Zoom and Google sheets

SKILLS: Attention to detail, knowledge of and/or curiosity about special library collections, excellent verbal and written communication, able to juggle priorities, able to work independently on assigned tasks and work collaboratively with others, proficiency in Google apps, basic Zoom experience.

COMPENSATION: This is an unpaid internship but can be used for credit in an MLS degree program. Interns receive complimentary membership to the Center and discounts on writing workshops, reading groups and events.

PLEASE NOTE: this is an onsite position.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter to

The Center for Fiction is committed to building a diverse and culturally vibrant team. As an Equal Opportunity Employer we respect and value diversity and inclusion, and engage employees without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, military status, domestic violence status, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.