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Event Production Internship (Unpaid Internship)

Deadline Extended: Applications due Monday, August 8th at 11:59pm

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, arts programming, and independent bookstores. This position directly reports to the Senior Director of Public Programming (Melanie McNair) and collaborates with the Event Production Coordinator and other members of the Center for Fiction team.

The Center for Fiction plans to host primarily in-person events (city and state health guidelines permitting), with a small number of virtual events as well. Interns will have responsibilities at all types of events.

Duties include:

  •  Interfacing with audience members to check them in, screen COVID vaccinations, and answer questions about events
  • Setting up and breaking down the multipurpose event space for the unique needs of each night of programming
  • Helping to host authors and guests before and after the formal presentation (welcoming them, answering questions, etc.)
  • Providing audio/visual support, as needed
  • For virtual events, serving as co-hosts to help set up panelists for a successful event, monitor the chat, answer technical questions from viewers, post links, and other assigned duties

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
  • 35% discount at bookstore and cafe for the duration of internship
  • We are also willing to work with your school if there is an opportunity to do the internship for credit.

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

Training will take place the week of August 22nd. The internship runs from September 6th to December 7th . Most public events are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, with occasional weekend or daytime events. In-person event shifts run from roughly 5 pm until 9 pm. Interns will generally attend between 1 and 3 events each week.

To apply, please submit your résumé and cover letter with your interest and any relevant experience by Monday, August 8th at 11:59pm at In your cover letter, please tell us about:

  • Your interest in this internship and in literary events
  • Any relevant experience (particularly any public facing or customer service experience)
  • Your availability Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings (5pm-9pm) between September 6th and December 7th and your ability to balance this internship with your classwork and other responsibilities

If you need an extension, please email at your earliest convenience.

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.