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MBPR 2020 Internship Fair — CANCELLED

March 24, 2020 @ 10:30 pm


Due to the ongoing concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19), MBPR has canceled this event. Thank you for your understanding. Publishers planning to interview prospective interns have been invited to post opportunities on the MBPR Internships board. Please visit this page to learn more about opportunities in Minnesota publishing.

Are you looking for an opportunity to learn more about careers in publishing? Spend a semester or your summer break as an intern for one of the many different publishers in the Twin Cities! At the Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable 2020 Internship Fair, publishers will be on-site to answer your questions, take résumés, and discuss the opportunities available at their companies. A variety of internships are available in editorial, design, marketing, production, and other areas, including paid positions and those for academic credit; semester, summer-break, and flexible-schedule work; and opportunities for nontraditional students and experience-based and non-degree-holding applicants. Drawings for door prizes will be held throughout the event.

Event Information

The event runs from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Handouts with details on all participating companies will be provided. Bring at least ten copies of your résumé and be prepared to give brief (five-minute) informational interviews. We recommend that attendees review the list of participating publishers (updated in February and March) and coming prepared with four or five top choices and questions about their programs.

RSVP / Registration

This event is free but limited to 150 participants. Please reserve your space at this event by clicking here to go to EventBrite and register.


Coffee House Press Coffee House Press is an internationally renowned independent book publisher and arts nonprofit based in Minneapolis, MN; through their literary publications and Books in Action program, CHP acts as a catalyst and connector — between authors and readers, ideas and resources, creativity and community, inspiration and action. Our mission is to create new spaces for audiences and artists to interact, inspiring readers and enriching communities by expanding the definition of what literature is, what it can do, and who it belongs to. Internships offered: Publishing Compensation offered: $1,200 stipend

Exile Press EXILE PRESS is a Minneapolis based, small publisher of award-winning books and apps in ESL, Korean language and culture, Children’s Early Readers, Graphic Novels & Poetry. Founded in 2006, we’re dedicated to what we can learn from beyond borders, to culture in communication and to what we may discover in the microcosm of word’s art, the complex beauty of the English language and the cultural diaspora of the global village.Our books are about inspiring an adventurous spirit in others and joining them on their journey. Our specialties include language acquisition, travel journals, philosophy, art books, and poetry. Our scope is global and beyond. Welcome to the World. Its message is simple – seek truth. Children’s literature is handled by our imprint Little Bear Books, political satire by Hungry Dictator Press, and Passion Poets (Erotic Poetry of Sexual Empowerment at passionpoets.org). Internships offered: Social media/publicist, sales/promotions, web designer/developer, and graphic designer internships are available: 10-20 hours/week, minimum 240-hour, 3-6 month commitment Compensation offered: Interns receive a small stipend offered upon successful completion of the internship with potential for work/study credit

Free Spirit Publishing Free Spirit Publishing is the leading publisher of learning tools that support young people’s social-emotional health and educational needs. We help children and teens think for themselves, overcome challenges, and make a difference in the world. Our publishing house is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We publish 30 to 35 books annually in the categories of Early Childhood, Bullying & Conflict Resolution, Gifted Education, Character Education & Service Learning, and Teacher Resources & Professional Development. Internships offered: General internship with editorial, marketing, and sales components Compensation offered: Stipend and/or CEU credit

illustrada design illustrada (www.illustrada.com) is the design studio of enigmatic artist/designer Paul Nylander. Built on the pillars of curiosity, consideration, and commitment, illustrada is focused on creating beautiful books with intelligent, passionate people who have things that need saying—a story to tell, a question to ask, or a point to make. Whether it takes the form of a business report or a children’s book, poetry or prose, nonfiction or novel, at illustrada—named for the Latin origin of illustrate, meaning to explain—the goal is to create something we can all be proud of… and might just change the world. Internships offered: Design/Marketing projects focused on illustrada marketing, internal asset development, and/or assist on client projects. Part-time, depending on availability and interests. What you don’t know about the production side of publishing, you’ll have a chance to learn. Compensation offered: Hourly, based on experience. Credits, too, if desired.

Lerner Publishing Group Lerner Publishing Group creates the highest-quality nonfiction and fiction content for children and young adults in a variety of subjects and formats. Based in Minneapolis since its founding in 1959, Lerner Publishing Group is one of the nation’s largest independent children’s book publishers with fourteen imprints: Lerner Publications, Millbrook Press, Carolrhoda Books, Twenty-First Century Books, Graphic Universe™, Hungry Tomato™, Darby Creek, Kar-Ben Publishing, Carolrhoda Lab™, LernerClassroom, ediciones Lerner, First Avenue Editions, Lerner Digital™, and Zest Books™, as well as Lerner Publisher Services. Internships offered: Marketing; Design; Digital & Editorial Compensation offered: Hourly

The Loft Literary Center The Loft is a center dedicated to readers and writers. We believe that story, verse, and writing aren’t just nice things you put on a shelf, but are instead core to a full existence. At their best, they help us connect, entertain, mourn, protest, provoke, educate, and empathize. Join us — and find or share your story. Internships offered: Marketing/communication; please inquire about other departments and seasonal summer opportunities in our youth program Compensation offered: $1,000 stipend

Red Line Editorial Red Line Editorial is a full-service editorial house serving traditional and digital publishers. Each year our team produces more than 500 books, most of them for the K–12 educational market. We work with publishers big and small to concept, develop, and produce content that engages and enlightens. Internships offered: Editorial, design, digital Compensation offered: $10/hour

Red Sofa Literary Red Sofa Literary is the celebration of the quirky, eclectic ideas in our exciting literary community. Realizing that the best ideas come via engaging conversations and over good coffee, while sometimes relaxing in a colorful lounger. Red Sofa Literary is a boutique literary agency originally established in the St. Paul/Minneapolis. With authors all over the world, Red Sofa now has a reach beyond the infamous 10,000 Lakes. Internships offered: Hands-on agency experience including reading, market research, social media management and more Compensation offered: College credit

Smith House Publishing Consultants, Smith House Press, and FINS Publications

Smith House Publishing Consultants A revolution is taking place in the book-publishing industry and the traditional gatekeepers are no longer in control. Authors are now able to produce a finished, professional-quality print, ebook, or audiobook for fewer out-of-pocket expenses and take advantage of new ways to promote and sell their books to a worldwide audience. We teach our authors every stage of the self-publishing process: creation, publication, promoting/marketing, and sales — using time-honored, traditional, and cutting-edge strategies.

Smith House Press is a traditional publishing company specializing in books on health and related subjects. Our most successful book, The Fibromyalgia Help Book, sold over 150,000 copies.

FINS Publications has been publishing fishing guides and maps since 1982. Its major titles are the Twin Cities Fishing Guide, Twin Cities Shore Fishing Maps (East and West), and the Brainerd-Whitefish Fishing Guide. Internships offered: FINS Publications is offering two internships specializing in 1) social media and 2) video production. We will be crowdfunding a book Never Go Fishless From Shore Again: Tips on Fishing North American Lakes and Rivers. Compensation offered: 1. $300 stipend for completion of 12 hours per week for ten weeks. Schedule and hours are very flexible and most of the work can be completed off-site. 2. We will work with the educational institution of your choice for course credit. 3. We will include your name in the Acknowledgement section of this book, highlighting your contributions to enhance your creditability in the Social Media or Video job market.

Strive Publishing Strive Publishing is on a mission to publish African American picture books and young adult novels while supporting emerging African American authors. Strive’s vision is to give all children the opportunity to see African American culture from different perspectives, and to provide pathways for illuminating stories across cultures. Internships offered: Part-time remote summer internship Compensation offered: College credit if arranged with school in advance

Twin Cities Geek Twin Cities Geek is an online news and culture magazine for geeks in Minnesota, particularly focused around the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. It is our mission to represent as many of the voices within our community as possible in both writing and editing. We strive for diversity in race, gender, sexuality, disability, and other identities present in Minnesota geek communities. Internships offered: Editing internships; writing and editing positions Compensation offered: TCG is 100% volunteer-run; academic credit may be arranged


March 24, 2020
10:30 pm


Open Book, Target Auditorium
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415 United States
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