Applications for the 2022 Internship Grant Season are now closed — thank you so much to all those who applied!
The Internship Grant Program awards supplemental grants to applicants from diverse backgrounds to help further their goals of pursuing a career in children’s and adult publishing.
The high cost of living in New York City and other major publishing hubs bars many marginalized students from accepting the opportunity to intern in publishing—a vital entry point to the industry. Since this program’s inception, WNDB has supported over 80 grantees in their summer internships. While many of our most recent 2021 cohort are still completing their studies, an incredible 70 percent of our grantees have gone on to work in the industry (with many already acquiring books of their own).
In 2022 we will award 25 grants of $3,000 to expand WNDB efforts to diversify the publishing industry — 14 grants for a children's publishing focus and 11 grants for an adult publishing focus. Internship positions must take place between June 1st and August 31st, 2022. In addition to the grant award, grantees are expected to attend various events throughout the summer including an introductory Internship Grant Bootcamp, various professional development and networking events, publishing panels, organized partner mentor/mentee meetings, and an exit interview/testimonial of the program.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the publishing industry, WNDB adapted the Internship Grant Program to better serve applicants and our publishing partners. For Summer 2022, remote positions are permitted.
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Internship Grant FAQ
You can check the eligibility guidelines, or you can contact us at email@example.com with specific queries.
We define “diverse background” according to our mission statement:
We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA+, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.
You’ll need to provide a copy of the official offer letter you received from your internship placement publisher or literary agency. With regard to diversity, we trust our applicants to provide information that is honest and accurate. We fully respect any and all laws relating to privacy and therefore do not request access to any confidential demographic information collected by other institutions (such as publisher HR departments).
Candidates should address the essay questions thoroughly and thoughtfully, in a way that showcases their personality, systems thinking, passion for diversifying children’s and adult literature, and commitment to learning about the publishing industry. Both children's and adult committees are looking for essay responses that are roughly 500 words in length each. These responses carry considerable weight in the application review process.
You may apply for a WNDB Internship Grant while you simultaneously apply to partner publishers and/or literary agencies. You may also apply after you have received an offer. Your application will not be read until we receive an official offer letter from one of our partner publishers and/or literary agencies, and therefore, if you apply for the grant before you obtain an internship, be sure to return to your application to attach the offer letter.
No. Please do not include any supplemental materials that aren’t explicitly listed in the application guidelines.
Yes. As a grantee, you will be expected to attend various events throughout the summer including an introductory Internship Grant Boot Camp, as well as additional professional development and networking events, publishing panels, organized partner mentor/mentee meetings, and an exit interview/testimonial of the program.
Yes. You do not qualify for the grant unless you are being paid as an intern as seen in the eligibility criteria. There are no exceptions.
There are no limitations, but we encourage you to use the grant funding for travel and living expenses directly related to your internship.
No, but we may ask you to write a letter describing your use of the grant funds at the conclusion of your internship.
The grant money will be sent to you in a single check or direct deposit after:
- You’ve formally accepted an internship grant and its expectation requirements,
- We’ve confirmed your acceptance with the publisher via your offer letter,
- The Internship Grant Committee has selected you as a grant recipient based on your application and brief virtual interview, and
- We’ve confirmed your phone number, the name you use for your bank (i.e., who to write the check out to), and the address you wish the check to be sent.
No. However, if the publisher submits a request to WNDB before the application window closes and agrees to the Partner terms of WNDB, they can become a partner, subject to review by the WNDB Internship Grant Committee. You can then apply. We’re collaborating very closely with our partner publishers, and our priority is ensuring those partnerships receive the degree of attention and energy they deserve. Note that for the Children's Internship Grant program, the internship must be with a children’s imprint of our partner publishers. Additionally, Adult Internship Grant applicants must apply to adult imprints within our publishing partners.
No. However, if the agency submits a request to WNDB before the application window closes and agrees to the Partner terms of WNDB, they can still be a partner, subject to review by the WNDB Internship Grant Committee. You can then apply. For a literary agency internship to be eligible for the Children’s Grant Program, interns must spend at least 50% of their time working on children’s books. For a literary agency internship to be eligible for the Adult Grant Program, interns must spend 100% of their time working on adult books. Agencies who charge up-front fees to their clients are not eligible. We reserve the right to review all internship offers from agencies and determine eligibility.
We evaluate all applications in April and will follow up with considered applicants with a brief virtual interview. After virtual interviews have been completed, awarded applicants will receive notification of their grant award as soon as possible.
We can’t advise you on the taxability of your grant, so we encourage you to consult a qualified tax preparation professional.
You’ll need to forgo the grant and reapply for a WNDB Internship Grant next year.
No. Grantees are only eligible to receive the grant once.
Industry Partner FAQ
No, the Internship Grant is a supplemental grant awarded to the intern and is in addition to the wages partners pay their interns, not a substitute for it.
No, partners hire interns using their own recruitment and hiring practices alongside the additional partnership agreement specifications.
It depends on the year and how much funding WNDB receives for this program. We award a minimum of five grants per year.
All intern applications will be evaluated. Unfortunately, not all interns will receive a grant.
At this time, only summer internships are eligible for the WNDB Internship Grant. The timeline of the internship position must overlap the months of June through August. Ideally, the internship should last at least 10 weeks. We can discuss potential alternatives with individual partners.
We will supply a list of colleges and universities with diverse student populations. The outreach list is inclusive of HBCUs and HSIs with additional partnered colleges and universities looking to support the Internship Grant Program.
Each program year, we post which Internship Grant industry partners hosted WNDB grantees on our website. Additionally, a larger program press release will announce all of the placements and there will be additional promotions on the rest of our social channels at the launch of the program season.
At this time, yes, interns can work remotely. Internship positions must be at least half-time (17 hrs/week) and pay a minimum wage as required in the state of employment. More specifically, a remote intern, as well as an on-site intern, must be paid at least the minimum hourly wage in the state in which the publisher or agency is located.
The internship must last at least ten weeks.
No. Grantees are only eligible to receive the grant once.
Please fill out our partner form below for partnership consideration.
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Please note: Industry Partners will be accepted for the 2021 season up until January 31st, 2021.