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


  • A current sophomore, junior, or senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • Must be able to work 8 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
    • Proofing marketing copy
    • Assisting designers and editors with photo-research
    • Assisting with indexing for series as needed
    • Proofing and reviewing titles once in layout
    • Fact-checking series as needed
    • Evaluating 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


    • Creating social media campaign concepts
    • Researching social media influencers & reviewers to add to internal reviewer list
    • Assisting with Blog Tours (identifying bloggers with certain themes, creating questions for authors/illustrators to answer)
    • Compiling local media lists relevant to each book release
    • Event planning assistance
    • Publicity plan assistance (research new author/illustrators websites, social media, local bookstores etc. in anticipation of book release)


"Z is for Zeitgeist?' I always check the z entry of an alphabet book first, and was I surprised when I looked at the last letter in D is for Democracy! The use of the term 'zeitgeist' puts a brilliant cap on this look at the fundamental rights and responsibilities of living in a democracy. Yes, it's an ABC book, but one with a solid commitment to democratic ideals and the belief that, as stated in 'Q is for Questions' that 'Taking part in a democracy is every citizen's task.'"
—Walter Mayes (Author of Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children)