Agents of Change
Internship Application

The Association of American Literary Agents (AALA) and their non-profit arm, Literary Agents of Change (LAoC), are excited to offer internship opportunities for 2021 to students of City College of New York’s Publishing Certificate Program or Medgar Evers College. We are providing grants of $6000 each to four students from diverse backgrounds to intern for ten weeks (June-August) with one of our members.

It’s our goal to increase access to internship opportunities to candidates who are underrepresented 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 four candidates’ materials will be shared with AALA members from our organization of over 400 literary agents who are interested in hiring you as an intern at their agency.

Interested agents will be in touch with the four selected candidates directly to schedule interviews. Internship offers will be made by April 15, and candidates will have until April 22 to accept offers. Once offers are accepted, AALA will be in touch with further details regarding internship scope, agreement, orientation sessions, and payment of grant monies. We plan to host a slate of programming over the course of the summer to further interns’ access to networking, mentorship, and educational panels that will cover the world of agenting and the publishing industry as a whole. Because many offices remain physically closed, it is anticipated that the internships and programming offered will be remote/virtual opportunities.

To apply, please fill out the sections below and submit no later than 11:59pm EST on March 15, 2021.

 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 internship agreement for agents, interns, 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 four 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.
  • Internship 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.
  • Internships run from June to August, and the specific schedule will be determined by hosting agencies and interns.
  • We plan to host a slate of programming over the course of the summer on dates to be determined.
 

Internship Program Eligibility

Intern applicants must be a current student of City College of New York’s Publishing Certificate Program or Medgar Evers College who identifies as part of a marginalized 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.
  • Essay prompt: In approximately 500-750 words, please tell us why you are interested in a career in publishing, why you are applying to intern for a literary agency, how an internship 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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