Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our internship program is on hold. Please check back for updates.

Sleeping Bear Press is looking for talented and passionate interns for their Editorial and Publicity departments. Interns are placed for Summer (June-August), Fall (August-December), and Spring (January-May) terms. Interns will work in the office 10-15 hours per week. Pay is $12 per hour. To apply send cover letter and resume to Subject line should include position (Internship), term and year you’re applying for.


  • A current sophomore or junior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • Ann Arbor adjacent/local
  • Must be able to work 10-15 hours a week
  • Interest in children’s book publishing
  • Strong writing and communication skills

Interns will gain experience in:


  • Compiling comp copy lists and keeping track of author information
  • Mailing books to reviewers, the Library of Congress, and authors
  • Filing catalog-in-publication data with the Library of Congress for titles on both Cherry Lake and Sleeping Bear lists
  • Filing copyright for Sleeping Bear titles.
  • Coordinating the leveling process for both Cherry Lake and Sleeping Bear titles
  • Proofing marketing copy
  • Assisting designers and editors with photo-research with titles when needed
  • Acting as a liaison with photo-researcher for rights-managed photos
  • Pulling data from internal database system for various parties as needed
  • Managing the ordering and organizing of office supplies from our various suppliers
  • Evaluating slush submissions
  • Participating in department meetings
  • Bringing new ideas to the table on products, trends, and processes
  • Conducting research for trending topics and school curriculum for potential new series
  • Collaborating within and across departments


  • Mailings for F&Gs and books
  • Creating/maintaining reviewer list for each mailing
  • Finding relevant content and scheduling social media
  • Laying out social media monthly schedule
  • Tracking monthly social media statistics
  • Working with Publicity Manager on social media advertising
  • Researching social media influencers & reviewers to add to internal reviewer list
  • Assisting with Blog Tours (reaching out to bloggers, creating questions for authors/illustrators to answer, tracking blog posts).
  • Compiling local media lists relevant to each book release and performing necessary follow up
  • Event planning assistance
  • Publicity plan assistance (research each author/illustrators website, social media, local bookstores etc. in anticipation of publicity call and book release)


"As a former school librarian and school librarian of the year for the state of North Carolina, I heartily endorse this book [D is for Democracy]. Not only does it explain our government in simple terms for young children, it also contains excellent facts and ideas for older children that they can use in research or other projects. The illustrations are also wonderful. This book (in multiple copies) should be in every school library in the country!"
—Vicki Stanfield, Moravian Book and Gift Shop