Fellowships and Internships

The Kim-Frank Creative Writing Fellowship for 2024-25: Established in 2013 by a gift from the Kim-Frank family, the Kim-Frank Creative Writing Fellowship is a one-year post-graduate position. The fellow works closely with the Director of the Shapiro Center and the Assistant Director of Creative Writing and assists in a broad range of writing programs and events: the Russell House Reading Series, the Shapiro Speaker Series, WesPress x Shapiro Reading Series, and the Shapiro Center's Student Planning Committee, among others. The job offers teaching experience and an opportunity to work with distinguished novelists, poets, critics, journalists, and other artists, and to hire and supervise event staff. The fellow also works closely with writing students, has a teaching role in several writing classes, and contributes to the development of new courses. The application will be posted in April 2024.

The New York Review of Books Summer Internship for 2024: The New York Review of Books offers a full-time, paid, educational summer internship to a Wesleyan student with a strong interest in the kind of intellectually rigorous writing and publishing that the Review specializes in, from politics to poetry to science to fiction. The intern will work closely with the full editorial staff of the magazine and with the magazine’s award-winning art editor, who leads the cover and illustrations process for the magazine. The intern will also participate in staff meetings and have the option to interview contributors to the magazine for the magazine’s newsletter series, among other opportunities on special projects. The application will be posted in April 2024.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux Summer Internship for 2024: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG) offers a full-time, paid, educational summer internship to a Wesleyan student interested in learning about the editorial process from one of the world’s leading publishing houses. Editorial interns at FSG are integral components of the house's publishing process. Working directly with editors and their assistants, interns will be principally reading submissions and writing reader's reports; they also will be asked, based on their supervisor, to help conduct market research and complete various administrative tasks. Editorial interns at FSG also sit in on editorial meetings and publicity and marketing meetings and have the opportunity to also engage with and learn from leaders in other departments across the company, including publicity, subrights, and production. 

The Borchardt Agency Summer Internship for 2024: The Borchardt Agency offers a full-time, paid, educational summer internship to a Wesleyan student interested in working at the agency that introduced American readers to Roland Barthes, Samuel Beckett, Pierre Bourdieu, Gilles Deleuze, Marguerite Duras, Frantz Fanon, Michel Foucault, Eugene Ionesco, Jacques Lacan, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Jean-Paul Sartre, Elie Wiesel and Monique Wittig. Agency interns learn how to read, evaluate, and negotiate publishing contracts and royalty statements; learn how to read both unsolicited and solicited material and how to write a reader report; and shadow agents working on foreign rights, audio rights, film rights, and first serial rights.

The Janklow and Nesbit Associates Internship for the Summer of 2024:  Janklow and Nesbit offers an 8-week full-time, paid Summer educational internship to a Wesleyan student wishing to learn about the editorial development, writer advocacy, deal negotiation, accounting and legal work which goes into representing the best writers in the world.  Janklow and Nesbit clients include Prize winners and beloved bestsellers in all genres, Popes and Presidents too. Agency interns will read and report on submissions from existing and prospective clients, and learn from Janklow and Nesbit’s team of agents and support staff.

Archipelago Books Summer Internship for 2024: Archipelago Books offers a part-time, paid, educational summer internship to a Wesleyan student interested in working at a not-for-profit independent publisher of literary fiction and poetry in translation. Interns will also be involved in the children’s imprint, Elsewhere Editions, which publishes beautiful picture books in translation. Interns should have experience in and excitement about languages, literary fiction, translation, art, and poetry. Foreign language skills are a plus (though not required). Applicants should be interested in all aspects of not-for-profit publishing, including editorial, marketing, publicity, grant writing, copy-editing, event-planning, sales, and other tasks associated with running a small press (mailings, bookselling at events, speaking to readers and customers, and more). Intern tasks will include: writing and designing newsletters, book event announcements, reading group guides, jacket copy, press releases; researching donor and grant prospects; reading and reporting on submissions; outreach to professors, booksellers, librarians, reading groups, and prison book programs; social media, and much more besides.