Internships

Coffee House Press is a nationally known and renowned nonprofit publishing house located in Northeast Minneapolis. We publish annually sixteen to twenty books—novels, short stories, poetry, and literary essays.

About the internship

An internship at Coffee House Press will introduce you to all aspects of a small literary publisher, and will give you skills that can also easily transfer to larger publishing houses and other careers, both in the arts and elsewhere.

Intern tasks
  • Reading and reporting on submissions
  • Manuscript fact-checking
  • Proofreading
  • Acquisitions and permissions research
  • Filing and other assorted administrative duties (such as answering phones and taking messages)
  • Researching donor and grant prospects
  • Database upkeep, including spreadsheets and database software
  • Writing copy for newsletters, reading group guides, and the CHP website
  • Coordinating and assisting with mailings (galleys, press releases, catalogs, etc.)
  • Assisting with upkeep of publicity materials
  • Light page layout and editing of press materials, signs, and other documents
  • Providing support before and during events
  • Assisting with direct sales in the office and at events
  • Website maintenance
  • Other tasks as assigned

Internship hours are flexible, averaging 12–15 hours per week over the course of approximately four months for a total of at least 200 hours. At the completion of the internship, interns receive a $1,200 stipend, $100 worth of discounted Coffee House titles, and a discount on all future purchases. Internships are intended as fixed-length, educational experiences and should not be interpreted as job training. Interns are not entitled to or guaranteed employment upon the completion of the internship, but they are welcome to apply for open positions at the press at any time. Please note that the internship takes place at our Minneapolis office and cannot be done remotely.

How to apply

Application deadlines
  • Applications are accepted January 15–March 1 for summer internships lasting May through August.
  • Applications are accepted May 15–July 1 for fall internships lasting September through December.
  • Applications are accepted September 15–November 1 for spring internships lasting January through April.

Unless posted otherwise, these deadlines are firm. We are unable to review applications received outside of these dates.

Application materials
  • A cover letter explaining why you’re applying for the program, along with your preferred start date
  • A detailed resume with your work and academic background
  • A list of five favorite contemporary books in any genre
  • Optional: up to three pages of additional documents (e.g., references, work samples). Please do not send creative writing samples (poetry, stories, novel excerpts, memoir, and so on).

Diverse experiences and viewpoints are important to us. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, gender and sexual identities, and disability statuses. Please note that I-9 Employee Eligibility Verification is required.

Email the required application materials to the Intern Coordinators at internship@coffeehousepress.org. Please contact us at (612) 338-0125 if you are unable to email materials and instead need to provide applications via mail. We do not accept internship applications in person.