TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE NEXT ROUND (February to June 2022), PLEASE EMAIL BETWEEN 6–17 December 2021, to Blaise (click name), with a cover letter and resume.

Our interns come in one day a week, 10.00am–4.00pm, and are given real responsibilities that teach them all about proofreading, editing, writing, layout, and design – all the facets of book production. On top of that, there are also responsibilities in research, administration, and making tea.

A Busybird internship runs for six months, with a four-week probationary period. A probationary period? you ask.

Be warned: the publishing world isn’t always glamorous. There’s lots of reading. LOTS. And lots! It can be exhausting. Burnout or disenfranchisement is common. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. So the probationary period exists to ensure this is something you want to do and that you are a good fit for Busybird.

However, once you’ve gone through our internship program and gained real CV-worthy experience, Busybird does offer subcontracting paid work as an editor, proofreader, and manuscript assessor.

Only the most diligent need apply.

And you’re sure to have fun in a warm and engaging environment.

Warning: dad jokes can be a hazard and pats for Oscar the Labrador are mandatory.

List of Intern Duties

  • Make tea
  • Research/Compile lists
  • Reading/appraisal of reading material
  • Copyediting
  • Structural editing
  • Proofreading
  • Styling (on Word)
  • Learning FIND & REPLACE editing on Word
  • ISBN registration
  • Register book with State Library
  • CIP Registration
  • Uploading POD to Ingram Spark
  • Image conversion (to 300 DPI)
  • Layout (InDesign)
  • Book cover design
  • Write a media release (for books/radio)
  • Write a blog
  • Upload blog
  • Approach reviewers
  • Register workshops on Eventbrite
  • Post on social media
  • Oversee a major project
  • Author liaison

Please Note: Internships are unpaid but a travel allowance of $15 per day is provided.