Apply for a fall Horn Book internship + meet interns Sarah and Jake!

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. We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2022 internships, which will likely include a combination of remote work and in-person work in our office on the Simmons University campus.

Our editorial interns are an invaluable help in managing the gazillion books that enter and leave our office, and the gazillion digital books that enter and leave our virtual office. They unpack or upload books, format reviews, and enter books into our database — 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 Fall 2022 internships, is July 6. Internships are paid (currently $14.25 per hour)  and are approximately 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.

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Meanwhile, meet our current editorial interns Sarah and Jake, who have already been a huge help to us this summer! 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!)

Sarah Threlkeld

Education: I have a BA in sociology from the University of Puget Sound, a school library certificate from the University of Washington, and am currently working toward an MA in children’s literature and an MFA in writing for children at Simmons University. I spent the past seven years as an elementary school librarian and was a sixth grade reading teacher for nine years prior to being in the library.

Hometown: Bellevue, WA (across the water from Seattle)

Interesting fact: Before moving to Boston, I owned over seventy baking cookbooks. I have been baking since I was a kid (cookies are my favorite thing to make) and I dream of one day owning a bakery/bookstore.

Favorite book(s): The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin and Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan are ones I have read multiple times.

Favorite genre(s): Contemporary middle grade is my jam! I also love funny picture books and chapter books, which I often read with my six-year-old.

Jake Koniszewski

Education: I just completed the first year of my MA/MFA in children’s literature at Simmons. Before Simmons, I graduated from the University of Tampa in 2014 with a BA in writing with minors in English and journalism. Shortly afterward, I attended the University of Denver Publishing Institute and got a certificate in publishing.

Hometown: Vienna, VA

Interesting fact: I’m a member of the furry fandom (you might have seen people wearing elaborate-looking mascot costumes on the internet). I even have a partial fursuit of one of my characters. It gets pretty toasty wearing it. I’ve also written short stories that have been published in furry anthologies, though I have yet to publish any stories specifically for a child audience.

Favorite book(s): Of course I can’t pick just one! I feel the moment this gets posted, I’m going to remember a book I forgot to add. I love Loveless by Alice Oseman, Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher, Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake and Jon Klassen, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and the Redwall series by Brian Jacques will always have a special place in my heart. Outside of children’s literature, I love The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Favorite genre(s): I adore animal fantasies! I also love YA contemporary and fantasy, especially if it’s queer.

Shoshana Flax
Shoshana Flax

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

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