Internships for McSweeney’s and The Believer are haphazard, disorganized, and entirely unpaid. On the other hand, interns are vital to our whole operation, and they generally seem to have good experiences. And they do receive free books, not to mention our gratitude. Duties include reading submissions, finding images, checking facts, and going to the post office. Post-office trips aren’t a huge percentage of the job, but they are one of its spiritual cores and must be undertaken with extreme enthusiasm. However, no one is ever asked to get coffee for anyone else.

If you are interested in being an intern, send a brief e-mail to discussing relevant experience, why McSweeney’s in particular, what you hope to get out of the internship, your favorite McSweeney’s books, and when you’d be available. Please include a resume. Interns must be at least eighteen years old, able to get college credit for the internship, and based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Applications for the Summer editorial internships have closed, but we are still hunting for a design intern! Details are as follows…


McSweeney’s, the independent publisher based in San Francisco, is seeking a talented, bright, and hard-working intern to join their award-winning design department for the summer.

Your duties would include, but not be limited to, designing ads, posters, press releases, and fliers; typesetting books; designing spreads and ads for The Believer magazine; and providing general assistance to the Art Director on all fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, and McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern. Lettering and illustration abilities are a plus and will be utilized!

— Loves books and magazines.
— Fluency in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
— Fluency in Quark XPress a plus.
— An excellent eye for typography and composition.
— A good attitude.

Applicants must be able to receive academic credit for the internship. Interested applicants should please send a résumé, cover letter, and a link to a portfolio (website or a PDF are okay) to