W. W. Norton & Company’s internship program is designed to introduce engaged, motivated college students to publishing and to Norton. Internships provide valuable hands-on experience with the day-to-day business of bookmaking, as well as opportunities to network with employees at the company and with fellow interns who frequently go on to become colleagues in the field.
Interns at W. W. Norton are paid $7.25 per hour for a maximum of 20 hours per week. Internships are available year-round and last for three months. W. W. Norton, an equal opportunity employer, is fully independent, and employee-owned. Our offices are located at 500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.
The trade department at Norton publishes nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Recent titles include Michael Lewis's The Big Short, Carl Jung's The Red Book, The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, Fareed Zakaria’s The Post-American World, Globalization and Its Discontents by Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, Irvine Welsh's Porno, The Selected Stories of Patricia Highsmith, Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm, The Collected Poems by former Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond.
There are currently no internships available in this department.
Electronic Media Department
The Electronic Media division at W. W. Norton & Company supports the college department in editing and producing e-books, student-oriented websites, and instructor resource materials across disciplines.
EMedia Internship, Political Science, Literature, Sociology & Anthropology, Winter 2013
W.W. Norton's electronic media department is seeking an intern to assist with editorial and production tasks beginning in January 2013. The electronic media department supports the college department in producing ancillary materials across a variety of disciplines. Duties may include formatting documents, working with page proofs and online material, and assisting with all stages of the publishing process.
The ideal candidate will be comfortable working with a variety of disciplines, enthusiastic about the media side of textbook publishing, and a skilled multitasker. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and a demonstrated interest in one of the disciplines is highly preferred. Specific work hours are flexible, but interns work up to a total of 20 hours per week for 3 months.
If interested, please e-mail your résumé and your cover letter: Cara Folkman
EMedia Internship, Psychology
W.W. Norton’s electronic media department is seeking an intern to assist with editorial and production tasks for January 2013. Duties may include working with homework software, quizzes, websites, surveys, and other files for Psychology titles. To a lesser degree, candidates will also perform similar editorial and production tasks for Composition and Philosophy titles.
Candidates must be interested in book publishing as a career, particularly in college textbooks. An academic background in Psychology is preferred but not required. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, organized, self-starting, comfortable working with minimal supervision, willing to learn new programs and skills on the job, and has excellent communication skills. Knowledge of Windows OS and Microsoft Office is required. Specific work hours are flexible, but interns usually work 3 or 4 days a week, up to 20 hours total per week. Juniors, seniors, and recent graduates preferred.
If interested, please e-mail your résumé and your cover letter as an email attachment: George Phipps
College Editorial Department
Custom Publications Editorial Internship, Fall/Winter 2013
The college department at W.W. Norton & Company, a leading publisher of college-level textbooks, is seeking a fall intern to work in the Custom Publication division. Duties will include assisting with marketing research, monitoring sales and inventory of custom texts, maintaining metadata for new titles, serving as liaison with customers to ensure a smooth and efficient ordering process, database management, preparing manuscripts, assisting production with reprints, and some light proofreading. This is an excellent opportunity for candidates interested in learning more about the sales, production, and editorial aspects of publishing, while focusing on a new and exciting branch of the textbook field that spans a wide variety of disciplines.
Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be organized, detail-oriented, able to work independently in an office environment, and curious about the world of textbook publishing. Prior experience in publishing is not required, but familiarity with Excel, Internet research skills, and experience working in an office are preferred. Background in history and/or rhetoric and comp a plus. Specific work hours are flexible, between 10 and 20 hours per week.
If interested, please e-mail your résumé as a PDF attachment and enter your cover letter in the body of the email: Hannah Bachman
Political Science Editorial Internship, Spring 2014
The college division at W. W. Norton & Company is seeking a spring intern (January-April) to assist with editorial projects in the Political Science department. Responsibilities will vary, but will include assisting with the preparation of manuscripts and ancillary materials, researching market data, assisting with various stages of production, and other day-to-day administrative tasks. Interns will gain insight into the editorial, marketing, and sales aspects of textbook publishing.
Ideal candidates are detail – oriented, organized, able to complete projects under minimal supervision, and have an interest in the field of political science. Interns will be expected to work between 15-20 hours per week, though specific work hours are flexible.
If interested, please e-mail your résumé and your cover letter: Sarah Wolf
History Editorial Internship, Spring 2014
The college division at W.W. Norton & Company is seeking a winter/spring intern to assist with editorial projects in the history department for a three-month commitment. The internship will offer insight into the editorial, marketing, and sales aspects of textbook publishing. Tasks will vary, but will include assisting with preparation of manuscripts and electronic ancillary materials, researching market data, organizing book review programs, reviewing manuscript proposals, and other day-to-day office duties.
Ideal candidates are detail-oriented and organized, able to work independently in an office environment, and interested in learning about textbook publishing. Those with an interest in history are especially encouraged to apply. Specific work hours are flexible, but interns usually work three or four days per week. Juniors, seniors and recent graduates preferred.
If interested, please e-mail your résumé and your cover letter: Penelope Lin
Music Editorial Internship, Spring 2014
The music department is currently seeking an intern to assist the editorial team from January to April. Starting and ending dates are negotiable. The intern will assist in the publication of a substantial list of text and trade books; provide information to professors and college bookstores regarding Norton’s music publications; procure music, photo, and text permissions; assist in market research; assist in the writing and proofing of copy; research online databases; and perform various clerical tasks as required.
The ideal candidate is extremely detail-oriented with strong organizational skills, excellent command of spoken and written English, and the ability to balance multiple projects at one time. The ability to read music and experience with music notation software are preferred but not required. Please note that this is a part-time internship for someone who is interested in a publishing career.
If interested, please e-mail your résumé and your cover letter as an attachment: Michael Fauver
Trade Publicity Intern, Winter 2014
The Trade Publicity Department at W. W. Norton & Company seeks bright, energetic, and detail-oriented individuals with superior writing and oral communication skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills, to participate in our internship program. Interns will assist in various projects, from basic office tasks like filing and photocopying clips to assisting publicists with mailings, review chasing, assembling press kits, writing and editing pitch letters, making follow-up calls, and keeping our database up-to-date by researching media contacts. The ideal candidate will be someone who loves reading and is interested in learning more about book publishing. He or she must be able to prioritize, multitask, and work independently and efficiently. Knowledge of Microsoft Word/Excel and an excellent phone manner are also helpful.Interns must commit to 3 full days per week
If interested, please e-mail your résumé, cover letter, and a three page nonfiction writing sample: Lauren OpperThe application deadline for the winter internship is November 25th.
Production Internship, Winter & Spring 2014
The Production Department at W.W. Norton & Company is seeking an intern for Winter 2014 (January start) and an intern for Spring 2014 (April start). The production intern will gain exposure to all facets of book production for both trade and college textbooks, including manufacturing, composition, art and design, paper selection, and budget estimating.
Qualified candidates will be self-motivated with strong communication skills, the ability to manage several projects at the same time, and, most importantly, demonstrate an interest in publishing.
If interested, please e-mail your résumé and cover letter: Production Jobs
Intern to Senior Editor
Countryman Press, a subsidiary of W.W. Norton & Company, is seeking an intern to assist a busy senior editor of cookbooks, healthy living books, and self-sufficiency books. The intern will help to create a tracking system for all titles, with pertinent information, will complete forms such as invoices, agreements, and project orders, search for new book ideas, and other similar tasks.
Candidates should be extremely organized and web-savvy, with the ability to identify and find ideas that might become books. Candidates must have some proofreading and copyediting skills, and an interest in design is a plus. Specific work hours are flexible.
If interested, please e-mail your résumé and cover letter: Ann Treistman
W.W. Norton & Company is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.