Internship opportunities with New Books in German

New Books in German currently recruits two editorial interns per year, one for the Spring selection round (recruited in October each year) and one for the Autumn selection round (recruited in April each year). The next recruitment round will take place in October 2020.

What we offer:

  • An opportunity to work with our editorial committee, with members drawn from the worlds of publishing, translation and various cultural institutions
  • The opportunity to see first hand how books are submitted and selected for review on the NBG website
  • The chance to see what is up and coming from German-language publishing houses
  • A flexible internship, where the majority of the tasks can be done from home and organised around your existing commitments
  • The opportunity to pursue an independent research project, allied to your interests, which helps us with our strategic development
  • We can pay reasonable travel costs in the UK

What we ask:

  • Native speaker level English and a high level of spoken and written German; you are likely to have an undergraduate degree in German or equivalent
  • Confident written and spoken communication skills in English and German
  • A passion for German-language literature and/or for literature in translation
  • Ability to use MS Office
  • Ability to use initiative and work independently, but to know when to seek guidance
  • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proofreading or copyediting experience (desirable)
  • Experience of writing or editing for the web (desirable)

Editorial internship: the role

Tasks will vary depending on the needs of the project, on your experience and on your availability but are likely to include some of the following:

  • Liaising with German-language publishers of selected books to compile bibliographical information
  • Preparing a reader report on a selected book (for which an £80 fee is payable to you)
  • Proofreading of material for the website
  • Writing an article or conducting an interview for the NBG website
  • Attending two editorial meetings in central London and taking minutes/notes (one meeting to take place in June and one in July, these may be held online if current restrictions on movement are still in place)
  • Updating statistical information on submissions and success rates
  • Researching and updating a database of German-language publications appearing in English translation
  • Researching information on books and authors featured by NBG
  • Conducting an independent research project that helps NBG in its development
  • General administrative tasks or other tasks that could reasonably be expected of an editorial intern (we have administrative capacity on the project and this is by no means an admin-heavy role, beyond the tasks described above)

The internship period spans six months – roughly the production cycle of one round of reviews for our website – but there will be peaks and troughs of activity throughout this period. From time to time there may be a week where no NBG tasks are required.

The internship is currently unpaid. The internship does not require regular hours and most of the work can be done from home.  It can sit alongside other paid or unpaid work, study or caring responsibilities. We can cover reasonable travel costs within the UK for the editorial meetings, and lunch will be provided.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial assistance to those seeking work in the publishing industry. More information is available here

According to our needs we may recruit for volunteers or interns to work on specific areas of the project throughout the year. These areas may include social media, marketing, impact assessment and fundraising. These internships will always be advertised on our website and social media.

Please do not send speculative applications or CVs as we regret we do not have the resources to keep these on file.

At New Books in German we are working towards equal opportunities for all. We are working to find budgetary provision for an honorarium for the internship in the future.