The publishing industry, though retracting, is not disappearing, and companies depend on the (often free) labor of interns. For students interested in books, reading and writing but seeking an internship outside of publishing, opportunities exist at literary agencies, communication agencies and libraries.Note that word “free,” though. However, if this is a field you think you’d like to go into after graduation, then an internship is a good way to get acquainted and get your foot in the door. You’ll probably be able to find opportunities in a lot of different areas, from “children's literature, adult fiction, textbook publishing, mass media, poetry, literary magazines, fashion magazines, women's interest magazines or something else.”
And it’s not all editorial work.
students can intern in publicity, marketing, subsidiary rights, contracts and design departments.Where do you find these openings? Look on the publishers’ websites. Check literary agents’ websites to see if they have listings. Check individual magazines or look at the American Society of Magazine Editors, which coordinates internships for over 30 magazines. Check you local libraries or writing organizations. If you’re really looking for an internship, you’ll need to cast a wide net and don’t overlook unpaid positions. (Paid is even better, though.)