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 sixth year of its partnership to provide paid summer internships to incoming and graduating seniors with interest in pursuing a career in the publishing industry.

Originally available to students attending our nation’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the program was expanded last 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 remote, paid summer internships at AAP member publishing companies includingBloomsbury, Elsevier (RELX), Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House, Princeton University Press (interns for Princeton must reside in New Jersey), Scholastic, and W.W. Norton & Company, as well as at AAP itself. For the summer of 2021 the program will have the capacity to accommodate 13 students.

“Now in its sixth year, this partnership has proven itself to be nothing less than essential,” said Syreeta Swann, AAP Vice President, Programs and Administration, “and as the pandemic continues to impact the academic experience, this year’s program is more important than ever, providing our interns with first hand exposure to the dynamic business environments of our publishers  and our publishers with an important first-look at talented students who will be the business leaders of tomorrow. We look forward to welcoming the incoming class.” 

History of the AAP – UNCF Partnership

Initiated in 2016, the program has provided dozens of rising and graduating seniors opportunities to 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.

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. The deadline to apply for AAP-UNCF internships isMarch 26, 2021.

About AAP

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