Apply for a summer Horn Book internship + meet interns Genie and Mikayla!

Interested in learning more about the children’s book industry, book reviewing, or how magazines and review journals operate? A Horn Book internship is a great place to start.

Our editorial interns are an invaluable help in managing the gazillion books that enter and leave our office (and if the phrase “gazillion books” sounds appealing to you, you’re probably a good fit). They unpack boxes from publishers, shelve books, send mailings to reviewers, enter books into the database, and help with scanning art — all while becoming familiar with publishing trends. They fact-check reviews, newsletters, and articles, and sometimes do some writing of their own. They take on oddball projects like poring over back issues to track down an old editorial. Oh, and they usually get free books.

We offer spring, summer, and fall internships. The next application deadline, for 2020 summer internships, is April 1. Internships are paid, and are approximately twelve to fourteen hours per week. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Shoshana Flax (sflax at hbook dot com).

More information is available here.


Meanwhile, meet our current editorial interns Genie and Mikayla, who have already been a huge help to us this spring! Every semester, we ask our interns to tell us a little about themselves. (Our ulterior motive: we want to chat with them about their favorite books!)


Genielysse Reyes

Education: Masters of Fine Arts in writing for children from Simmons University (Class of 2020)

Hometown: Valley Center, CA

Interesting fact: I co-author and draw a webcomic with my best friend! It involves magic, prophecies, and squirrels.

Favorite books: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed


Mikayla Lawrence

Education: BA in English literature, Western Washington University (2018); MA in publishing and writing, Emerson College (Class of 2020)

Hometown: Olympia, WA

Interesting fact: I studied abroad in London in my undergrad and would love to return someday!

Favorite books: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Nancy Drew, Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, Amelia Bedelia (all of them, but especially the chapter books), anything by Kevin Henkes, and many, many more!

Shoshana Flax
Shoshana Flax

Shoshana Flax, assistant editor of The Horn Book Magazine, is a former bookseller and holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons University. She is a current member of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award committee, and has served on the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee.

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