Folio Literary Management Internships

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Company: Folio Literary Management
  • Location: New York City, New York, or Remote


An internship at Folio Literary Management is an educationally based program consisting of two parts: first, it provides a comprehensive introduction to the world of publishing through our weekly participatory workshop ‘Intern Academy,’ a twelve-week seminar led by our agents with specific examples, stories, handouts, and practical information about the day-to-day world of publishing and agenting; and second, Folio interns will work closely with one or two Folio agents to develop the intern’s understanding of publishing through a variety of tasks. Some of these tasks may include:

  1. Learning to evaluate query letters and manuscript submissions;
  2. Assessing the process of editing manuscripts and nonfiction book proposals;
  3. Perfecting the art of the pitch letter;
  4. Becoming proficient in the etiquette for communicating with authors, editors, and publicists; and
  5. Analyzing the ins and outs of publishing contracts.


  • Interns may be either in our New York offices or remote, depending on the intern.
  • Interns will receive a stipend of $1000 payable half at the beginning of their internship and half at the end of the internship.
  • Ideal interns will be interested in both the business and editorial side of publishing.
  • They should be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (especially Outlook), exhibit strong research and writing skills, and have a keen editorial eye.
  • We require a minimum of 16 hours weekly for both in-office and remote internships.

At the successful conclusion of an internship, we can use our extensive network of contacts at major publishing houses and other literary agencies to help you find a job in book publishing. Former Folio interns have successfully entered the publishing world and are now employed throughout the industry from assistant positions at major publishing houses and literary agencies to global publishing conglomerates (Penguin, Little Brown, St. Martin’s Press, Grove/Atlantic, Curtis Brown, Donald Maas, Maria Campbell, Collins Publishers, Berkley Publishing, Henry Holt, John Wiley & Sons, ICM, RMT PR Management, NAL, WME, Market Partners International, etc.). 

Folio Literary Agency is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against actual or perceived race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation and/or other protected categories.”


We offer internships three times a year (Fall, Spring, and Summer). If you are ready to apply, please submit the following material to with the subject ‘SEMESTER YEAR-AGENT(S) OF INTEREST’ (i.e. ‘Fall 2016-Jeff Kleinman’) or through your university’s internship website: 

  1. A one-page cover letter (include publishing or office experience, availability and location during the semester, technical/computer-related skills, genre or position-interest, and where you found this listing);
  2. Your resume;
  3. A list of the last three books you’ve read, as well as your favorite three books; and
  4. A writing sample of fewer than five pages (literary analysis preferred).

***PLEASE NOTE: Send only one application, clearly listing the agent(s) of interest in the subject line.


Erin Harris and Margaret Sutherland Brown: We are seeking an intern who loves contemporary literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, and narrative non-fiction. Your primary tasks would be appraising manuscripts, conducting market research, and scouting for new potential clients. The ideal candidate will possess a critical literary eye, exemplary writing skills, a passion for reading, and an eagerness to learn about book publishing.

Steve Troha: Steve is a Partner at Folio and is looking for a creative intern with fresh ideas for books that will appeal to a wide commercial audience. Applicants must be interested in nonfiction, including memoirs, politics, cookbooks, health, pop culture, and high profile projects. Interns will be asked to read, assess, and critique proposals, write submission letters, and research ideas. His recent bestsellers include books by Dolly Parton, Misty Copeland, Andrew Morton, Jen Lancaster, Gabby Bernstein, Peter Frampton, and Amanda Kloots, among many others. More information on Steve can be found here.