Press Release



Paid Internship Program Available to Minority Juniors and Seniors Attending Any College or University Throughout the United States

Washington, DC —The Association of American Publishers (AAP) and UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Internship Program is accepting applications for the seventh year of its partnership to provide paid summer internships to students with an interest in pursuing a career in the publishing industry. Minority college students who are juniors and graduating seniors from any accredited college or university in the United States are eligible for this program.

The deadline to apply for this year’s program is March 21, 2022.

This year, AAP-UNCF Internship Program will provide paid summer internships at AAP member publishing companies including Bloomsbury, Elsevier (RELX), Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Holiday House Publishing, Macmillan Publishers, Peachtree Publishers, Scholastic, and W.W. Norton & Company, as well as at AAP itself. For the summer of 2022 the program will have the capacity to accommodate 10 students.

“We are extremely proud of our long-standing, now seven-year, partnership with AAP and thrilled to be able to provide underrepresented students with this extraordinary opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the publishing industry,” said Taliah Givens, senior director of student professional development programs, UNCF.

“We see the AAP-UNCF partnership as a powerful force for bringing talented new voices to the publishing space,” said Syreeta Swann, Chief Operating Officer, AAP. “As the publishing industry continues to grow and change, we are excited to give students the opportunity to be a part of creating the future for careers in publishing.”

History of the AAP – UNCF Partnership

Initiated in 2016, the program has provided nearly 50 internships to date giving rising and graduating seniors opportunities to learn the business of publishing while working directly with executives responsible for bringing important knowledge and stories to readers every day. Internships have been secured in Washington, DC, New York, Boston, Princeton, and St. Louis, and the program is expanding to Atlanta this year.

Program Requirements

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.


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, on twitter at @AmericanPublish, and at LinkedIn at

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, 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 nearly 20% 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 trademark, ‟A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”