New Books in German internship

Would you like to work with us as we select the books for Spring 2021?

We are currently looking for an intern to work with us (at social distance!), see how the project works from the inside, and gain some useful experience.

Read more about what our recent interns thought about their time with us here.

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
  • 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, although due to the current pandemic it is likely that all of the work will be done remotely/via video calling.

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 (one meeting to take place the first week in December and the second in the third week of January ’21). 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 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

Please send 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. Good luck with your application! Please send your completed application by email only, by 9am on Monday 9th November to

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.

We take on two 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).

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

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