(CLOSED) TBA needs interns!

We are once again looking for interns! There are reading positions open in TWO separate categories. Please read the descriptions below.

And please note: you don’t need to have any kind of publishing experience or even publishing aspirations. We’re just looking for people who love books and love to read. You do not need to live in New York; our internships are remote. We ask for a commitment of at least a ten hours a week. Please note that our internships are unpaid.



We’re looking for people who enjoy books by authors such as:

– Erin Morgenstern
– Tana French
– Eleanor Brown
– Jacqueline Sheehan
– Jodi Picoult
– Gillian Flynn
– Lori Roy
– Laurie Notaro
– Celia Rivenbark
– Elin Hilderbrand
– Kristin Hannah
– Jeannette Walls
– Kate Atkinson

This is an eclectic list, so obviously you don’t need to like everyone on it. But basically, you should like at least two of the following genres: humor, memoir, upmarket women’s fiction and literary suspense. (Please do not apply if you are primarily a young adult/middle-grade reader.)

To apply, please email intern@thebentagency.com and put “Generalist Intern” in the subject line. Tell us:

  • Why you want the internship
  • The last ten books you’ve read
  • Your ten favorite books

Attach a résumé if you have one, although it’s not essential.


YA/MG INTERN (Now closed!)

We are also looking for Young Adult/Middle Grade fiction interns. Again, you do not need to have any kind of publishing experience, but you should love to read and be familiar with all sorts of fiction in these categories, particularly with Young Adult and MG books on the New York Times bestseller list.

Interested? Send an email to intern@thebentagency.com and put “YA/MG Intern” in the subject line. Tell us why you want the internship and something about yourself, or include a résumé if you have one (although it’s not necessary).

Please include two lists: the last ten YA/MG books you’ve read and your top ten favorite YA/MG books of all time.


If you’ve applied in the past, you’re welcome to apply again. We usually get a great many applicants and the application period will close fairly quickly; watch this space for details.

We look forward to hearing from you!


14 Responses to (CLOSED) TBA needs interns!

  1. May we apply for both if we read widely in each area?


  2. Beth Phelan says:

    Hi Shari,

    In that case, yes, you're welcome to apply to both!

    Many thanks,

  3. Anonymous says:

    Are teens allowed to apply?

  4. Alan says:

    How flexible are you with the hours? I work fulltime 9-5 but could definitely put in ten hours at night or on weekends. How long would the internship last? Thanks!

  5. Beth Phelan says:


    It's remote and unpaid, so we really just ask that you fit those hours in around your own schedule! So yes, nights/weekends are fine.

    No particular length in mind, though we'd prefer some kind of commitment, like at least a few months.


  6. Beth Phelan says:

    Oops, fingers moving faster than my brain, or the other way around! We ask for at least 6 months.

  7. viviana says:

    whats the deadline to apply??

  8. Beth Phelan says:

    We're taking applications until the spots are filled!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Are the spots filled? Thank you!

  10. Hi–I know this round is closed, but do you do summer internships? Thanks!

  11. Beth Phelan says:

    I do believe we will be! Keep your eye on the blog.

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