New Books in German internship

Would you like to see the New Books in German project at first hand? To play a role in supporting the selection of books we will feature in the Autumn and to see what goes on behind the scenes? We are not recruiting for interns at the moment. Vacancies will be advertised on our website and publicised through social media.

The information below tells you a bit more about being an intern with New Books in German.

Interns usually start work with us around the beginning of May or the beginning of November each year. The internship runs for six months. The intern has a good deal of control over when some tasks are completed, so it is possible to have a shorter internship, if needed. This is not an internship with regular hours, rather it is driven by the completion of tasks which are outlined below.

What is it like to be an NBG intern?

What we offer:

  • An opportunity to work with our jury, with members drawn from the publishing, translation and cultural sectors
  • An insight into the book selection process
  • The chance to see what is up and coming from German-language publishing houses
  • A flexible internship where the majority of tasks can be organised around your existing commitments
  • A good deal of opportunity to tailor the internship to meet your needs and interests
  • The chance to pursue an independent research project, allied to your interests and/or career aspirations, which helps us with our strategic development
  • Work is done from home and meetings are held on Zoom. Depending on restrictions we may hold an occasional meeting at a central London venue, but online participation would be possible for those who wanted or needed it.

What we ask for:

  • 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
  • An entrepreneurial, can-do attitude
  • 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
  • Experience in using WordPress (desirable)
  • Proofreading or copyediting experience (desirable)
  • Experience in writing or editing for the web (desirable)

Internship: the role

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

  • Preparing a reader report on a selected book (for which an £80 fee is payable to you)
  • Writing an article or conducting an interview for the NBG website
  • Translating information on books submitted to us from German into English
  • Helping to prepare for and attending two jury meetings and taking minutes/notes. These meetings will be held via Zoom.
  • 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 intern

The internship period spans six months – roughly the production cycle of one round of recommendations for our website – but there will be peaks and troughs of activity throughout this period. There will be weeks during this period in which no work is required, as well as weeks where there will only be an hour or two’s work. There will also be busier times, where work is required by given deadlines.

There is a one-off fee/honorarium for completion of the internship of £200. The internship does not require regular hours and the work can be done flexibly from home. It can sit alongside other paid or unpaid work, study or caring responsibilities. We are working towards equal opportunities for all.

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

How to apply

Application is by a cv of no more than two sides as well as a covering letter which explains why you are applying for the internship, what you hope to gain, and how your experiences to date match what we are looking for, as detailed above. We often get applications where people fail to set out how they match the criteria we list above in the ‘what we ask for’ section. If you do not demonstrate this, it is hard for us to know if you suit the role and it makes it far less likely that your application will succeed. Please send your completed application by email only. You should save the CV and cover letter with your name as the document title. Good luck!

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.

You could be working on the selection of books like these most recent jury choices:

[book reviews will appear here…]

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