Agents of Change
Internship Application

The Association of American Literary Agents (AALA) and Literary Agents of Change (LAoC), are excited to offer fellowship opportunities for 2022 to students of City College of New York’s Publishing Certificate Program, Medgar Evers College, Lehman College, Mercy College, Rutgers Newark, William Patterson University, and Montclair State University. We are providing grants of $6000 each to six students from diverse backgrounds to intern for ten weeks (June-August) with an AALA member at a literary agency.

It’s our goal to increase access to candidates who have been historically excluded in a publishing industry that is largely white, straight, cisgender, and able-bodied. By applying below, you will be considered for this program and the associated grant money. The top six candidates’ materials will be shared with AALA members from our organization of over 450 literary agents who are interested in hosting you as a fellow at their agency.

During your fellowship, you will learn about the role a literary agent plays in the publishing process—from finding authors to represent, selling their books to publishers, negotiating their contracts, and helping manage authors’ careers. AALA and LAOC will host a slate of programming over the course of the summer to further fellows’ access to networking, mentorship, and educational panels that will cover the world of agenting and the publishing industry as a whole. While we hope that the fellowships can take place in person at the office of each host agency, a number of office closures and unknowns mean we are planning for fellowships and programming as remote/virtual opportunities. All fellows will receive a complimentary one year membership to AALA events and programming to continue their networking and educational opportunities.

Our top candidates will be notified by March 22, and we will host a prep and Q&A session before candidates’ interviews with interested host agencies. Internship pairings will be made by April 15, and candidates will have until April 22 to accept offers. Once offers are accepted, we will be in touch with further details regarding a formal agreement, orientation sessions, and payment of grant monies.

To apply, please fill out the sections below and submit no later than 11:59pm EST on March 15, 2022.

If you have questions regarding the program or application, please contact .

 
 

AOC Internship Agreement

With guidance from an employment lawyer, we’ve also crafted an agreement for agents, fellows, and Literary Agents of Change, Inc. to sign which lays out expectations and ensures legal compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. We will send applicants a copy for review when we notify our top candidates that they have been selected.

Timeline

  • Our deadline for applications is March 15.
  • Our top four candidates will be notified by the week of March 22.
  • Fellowship offers will be made by April 15.
  • Candidates will have until April 22 to accept offers.
  • Orientation programming to occur in May on a date to be determined.
  • Fellowships run from June to August, and the specific schedule will be determined by hosting agencies and fellows.
  • We will host a slate of programming over the course of the summer on dates to be determined.
 

Internship Program Eligibility

Applicants must be a current student of City College of New York’s Publishing Certificate Program, Medgar Evers College, Lehman College, Mercy College, Rutgers Newark, William Patterson University, and Montclair State University who identifies as part of a historically excluded community.

Application

  • Our definition of diverse backgrounds includes, but isn't limited to, Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQ+, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and religious, ethnic and cultural minorities. Please describe how you identify in the space below.
  • As part of the requirements for our non-profit status, we would like to know if you're a recipient of financial aid. This will not be a determinative factor in your application.
  • What genres of books are you most interested in reading and working with? (Choose all that apply)
  • Essay prompt: In approximately 500-750 words, please tell us why you are interested in a career in publishing, why you are applying to be a fellow for a literary agency, how this fellowship would help you reach your goals, and how you would use the grant money.
  • Please upload a .pdf of your resume.
    Accepted file types: pdf.
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