Press Release



Paid student program expands to include minority juniors and seniors attending any college or university throughout the country

Washington, DC — The Association of American Publishers (AAP) and UNCF (United Negro College Fund) today announced the launch of the application process for the fifth year of its partnership providing paid summer internships to incoming and graduating seniors with interest in pursuing a career in the publishing industry.

Originally available to students from any of our nation’s historic black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the program is expanding this year to include minority students who are rising and graduating seniors from any college or university in the United States.

This year, AAP-UNCF Internship Program will provide paid summer internships at AAP’s member publishing companies including Elsevier (RELX), Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishing, Penguin Random House, Princeton University Press, and W.W. Norton, as well as at AAP itself. Selected interns will be matched with a mentor and subsidized housing will be provided. For the summer of 2020 the program will have the capacity to accommodate 11 students. 

Throughout the first four years of the program dozens of rising and graduating seniors have spent their summers learning the business of publishing while working directly with executives responsible for bringing important knowledge and stories to readers every day. To date internships have been secured in Washington, DC, New York, Boston, and St. Louis.

“In our fifth year of this impactful partnership, we are proud to extend this outstanding summer opportunity to all minority juniors and seniors attending college throughout the U.S.,” said Syreeta Swann, AAP Vice President, Programs and Administration. “We hope that by expanding this program, we will attract even more impressive talent to our industry. Our previous applicants have been outstanding leaders and we look forward to welcoming the incoming 2020 class to this prestigious program.”

“UNCF is excited to expand this internship opportunity to more deserving students in partnership with such a forward-thinking organization like the Association of American Publishers,” said Taliah Givens, UNCF Senior Director of Student Professional Development Programs. “A unique factor of this particular internship opportunity with AAP is that it welcomes applicants from a wide variety of majors and disciplines. And now more unrepresented students of diverse backgrounds will have an opportunity to apply and receive exposure into a thriving career field.  As a result, we will grow our collective impact in building diversity in publishing careers.”

Applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.0, a record of leadership and community service, and strong writing skills are encouraged to apply online here. The deadline to apply for AAP-UNCF internships is March 12, 2020.

About AAP

AAP | The Association of American Publishers represents the leading book, journal, and education publishers in the United States on matters of law and policy, advocating for outcomes that incentivize the publication of creative expression, professional content, and learning solutions. As essential participants in local markets and the global economy, our members invest in and inspire the exchange of ideas, transforming the world we live in one word at a time. Find us online at or on twitter at @AmericanPublish.

About UNCF

UNCF (the 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, supports and 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 17 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, ‟A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @UNCF.