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Application Now Open for AAP-UNCF Paid Internship Program for Summer 2023

Application Now Open for AAP-UNCF Paid Internship Program for Summer 2023

Paid Internship Program Available to Junior and Senior Students of Color 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 eighth year of its partnership to provide paid summer internships to students with an interest in pursuing a career in the publishing industry. Students of color 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 next summer’s program is Jan. 15, 2023, with internship placement for summer 2023.

Previous participating companies have included Bloomsbury USA, Elsevier, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, Holiday House, Inc./Peachtree, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Princeton University Press, Scholastic, Inc., Taylor & Francis Group, W.W. Norton & Company, and the AAP.

“We are excited to continue to offer this hands-on opportunity for students often underrepresented in the publishing industry to gain real working experience in the industry,” said Taliah Givens, senior director, student professional development programs, UNCF. “Now in our eighth year of partnership with AAP, we’ve seen dozens of students go through the program and create the relationships and networks that support first steps into publishing industry careers.”

“The AAP-UNCF partnership is one of the critically important pathways to bring talented voices to the publishing space,” said Jonathan Walker, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion, AAP. “We are excited to give students the opportunity to connect with the industry, and both learn from and impact their organizations, setting themselves up to be the next successful generation of publishing employees.”

History of the AAP – UNCF Partnership

Initiated in 2016, the program has provided over 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, St. Louis and Atlanta.

Program Requirements

Applicants with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, 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

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. While totaling only 3% of all colleges and universities, UNCF institutions and other historically Black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 13% of bachelor’s degrees, 5% of master’s degrees, 10% of doctoral degrees and 24% of all STEM degrees earned by Black students in higher education. 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.”® Learn more at or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.