Press Release

AAP-UNCF Announces Fourth Year of Paid Internships for HBCU Students

Applications from juniors and seniors at HBCUs are due March 1, 2019

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) is pleased to continue its partnership with the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) to offer paid summer internships to African American students attending Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs) who have an interest in publishing. The AAP-UNCF Internship Program provides paid summer internships in editorial, marketing, art, publicity, audio and digital media, production, sales and software, operations, and digital engineering roles. Past placements at AAP member publishing companies including Elsevier (RELX), Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishing, Penguin Random House, Scholastic Corporation, and W.W. Norton. Students will be matched with a mentor and housing is provided.

Juniors or seniors from any of the nation’s over 100 HBCUs with an interest in pursuing a career in the publishing industry are eligible for an internship. Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0, a record of leadership and community service, and strong writing skills are encouraged to apply online.

“We are delighted to partner for the fourth year with UNCF and provide African American students with the opportunity to learn more about the available career paths within the publishing industry,” said Syreeta Swann, AAP Vice President, Administration. “We look forward to welcoming a new slate of emerging leaders to this prestigious program.”

“UNCF is delighted to continue our partnership with such a forward-thinking organization like the Association of American Publishers,” said UNCF Senior Director of Student Professional Development Programs, Taliah Givens. “A unique factor of this particular internship opportunity with AAP is that it welcomes applicants from a wide variety of majors and disciplines. And as a result, we can grow our collective impact in building diversity in publishing careers.”

The deadline to apply for AAP-UNCF internships is March 1, 2019. For additional information about the program, visit:

About AAP

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About UNCF

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”® Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities. Learn more at or for continuous news and updates, follow UNCF on Twitter @UNCF.