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Jobs, internships, and volunteering opportunities at the Center for Fiction.

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

Pub Date Bar: Bartenders and Cocktail Servers

The Center is looking to hire a dynamic group of service people to bartend the café and bar in The Center for Fiction’s bookstore, as well as Pub Date, the members-only bar on the second floor. Across the street from BAM, the cafe features a curated selection of baked goods made in Brooklyn, as well as a small selection of seasonal craft cocktails, artisanal beer and cider, as well as natural wine. This is a fun work environment and our main requirements include an interest in cocktails, service, food as well as literature, and a willingness to develop and learn new skills. Barista experience a plus as there will from time to time be café hours to pick up, but not necessary. Having a food handler’s license coveted. Make drinks and friends, all the while surrounded by books.

Job Requirements:

  • Bartending Experience
  • Customer service is fun
  • A desire to learn and grow with the project
  • Interest in craft and product knowledge
  • Must have one or ten favorite books
  • Table service experience is a plus

This is a part time position with an hourly wage plus tips.

The Center for Fiction is an equal opportunities employer and we value diversity in 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.

To apply please email with your cover letter & resume. Please include the job title in the subject line.

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 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.