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Jobs and Internships

There is currently no open positions for employment at Graywolf Press.

Graywolf Press offers ongoing paid internships designed to introduce qualified applicants to editorial, marketing and publicity, and fundraising work, as well as other aspects of the publishing industry.  Benefits of an internship at Graywolf include a great hands-on learning experience at a well-established nonprofit arts organization and free books. College credit is also available.

The annual Citizen Literary Fellowship is a paid, comprehensive fellowship over ten months designed to support a person who is interested in learning more about the publishing industry through an introductory, hands-on experience. It is intended to attract candidates who otherwise would not have access to publishing, and to therefore increase the diversity and inclusivity of the industry. Applications for the 2019-2020 Citizen Literary Fellowship are now closed.


We offer three general publishing internship sessions each year, structured around the academic calendar (Winter/Spring, Summer, and Fall), with two positions available in the Fall and Winter sessions, and three available in the Summer.

Internships at Graywolf Press are intended to provide a broad and expansive educational experience for candidates seriously considering a future in the publishing industry. In addition to a general understanding of the workings of a literary nonprofit publishing house, interns will learn about the specific tasks and responsibilities of the different departments at Graywolf: Editorial, Marketing and Publicity, and Fundraising.

Each week, interns will have an opportunity to learn more about the publishing industry through focused conversations with staff members about the departments they work in and their career trajectory. In addition to these formalized informational sessions, interns will be invited to attend key all-staff and department specific meetings. Interns are also encouraged to take advantage of any opportunities to ask questions and learn more about areas of publishing that are of particular interest to them.

Interns will receive a $1,500 stipend disbursed bimonthly, a free transit pass, and a free copy of each Graywolf book published during the session. The internship schedule is sixteen hours per week for a period of fifteen weeks. Interns are expected to work from 10 AM – 5 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 10 AM – 3 PM on Fridays. We do not offer remote internships, and interns must be able to come in to the Graywolf offices for their scheduled hours.

  • The Winter/Spring internship runs from mid January to late April.
  • The Summer internship runs from mid May to mid August.
  • The Fall internship runs from early September to mid December.

Tasks and Duties

Interns will assist with a variety of tasks in each department, gaining hands-on experience and training in many aspects of editorial, marketing and publicity, and fundraising work. In addition to daily tasks across departments, interns will be able to take on more extensive projects in their individual areas of interest.

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Because of extensive interest in the internships, the acceptance process will be highly selective. Applicants must be in at least the third or fourth year of an undergraduate degree or have equivalent experience. Ideal candidates will be self-motivated, detail-oriented, energetic, and eager to seek out and support new and original literary voices.

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To Apply

Please email the following as PDF or Word document attachments to during the time periods listed below. Please use the subject line “Internship Application” and address your applications to Graywolf Press Intern Coordinator.

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • One-page discussion of a contemporary book that focuses on one or more of the following items: critique, personal response, cultural context, marketing/positioning, or why you would recommend this book to a friend

Graywolf Press welcomes applicants of all abilities. Please let us know if you require accommodation.

When To Apply

Winter: applications accepted between October 1st and November 1st of the previous year.
     This internship runs from the third week of January to the last week of April.

Summer: applications accepted between February 1st and March 1st.
     This internship runs from the second week of May to the third week of August.

Fall: applications accepted between July 1st and August 1st.
     This internship runs from the first week of September to the third week of December.

Citizen Literary Fellowship

The Citizen Literary Fellowship is grounded in our belief that while diversity in the books and authors we publish is vital, it is equally important that the people publishing these books reflect that diversity. Throughout the year, the fellow will receive active coaching and encouragement from the whole Graywolf team. Our hope is that this fellowship will serve as a doorway to a successful career in publishing or a related literary field.

The fellowship is based in our Minneapolis office. It is a part-time (24 hours per week), non-exempt, ten-month position with a start date in September. Compensation includes $20,000 (paid twice monthly as regular wages), paid time off, and health and dental insurance.

The application period for the 2019-2020 Citizen Literary Fellowship is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied.

Graywolf desk with stacked books

My expectations have been completely exceeded by the depth of opportunities that this fellowship has afforded me. Yes, this is an invaluable learning experience, but it’s also a chance to sneak in with the gatekeepers—to take a seat at the table and make meaningful contributions to the literary world.

Chantz Erolin, 2017-2018 Citizen Literary Fellow