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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 summer internships are now closed; applications for fall internships will open in May.