Internship Opportunities


We are pleased to offer internships across several departments: Programming, Outreach, Development, Operations, and Communications. Each intern reports to specific staff members, however, all interns assist the entire staff in the production of the Festival and its programs as needed. This includes participating in occasional after-hours literary events, including event setup, registration, and clean-up.
Internships require a commitment of 8-10 hours per week. Internships can range from three months to a year, and start and finish dates are flexible. Applicants who are available during the Gala and Festival Weekend (November 7-8, 2020) will be given preference. Internships must be scheduled during the Texas Book Festival’s operating hours (9 AM through 5 PM, Monday through Friday). Interns will receive a $500 stipend on completion of their internship.

2020 Texas Book Festival Internships

Literary Programming Internship: applications are closed.
The Literary Programming Internship is ideal for those interested in a career in publishing, books, or journalism. Programming interns receive a behind-the-scenes view of the book industry, especially its marketing and publicity operations, and come away with an understanding of what is required to put on a large-scale literary event.
Literary Programming interns work directly with the Festival’s literary director to coordinate and execute the Festival Weekend’s robust author programming for children, teens, and adults. The Festival hosts 250-300 authors in approximately 150 sessions over the course of the two-day Festival. Literary Programming interns assist with many important tasks that ensure vital information is organized, tracked and disseminated accurately and in a timely manner. They are also fundamental on-the-ground to the smooth and successful execution of the Festival Weekend.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: communicating with the Festival’s authors and publicists; tracking submissions; drafting panel descriptions; writing blog content, including Q&As with authors; updating author information on the website; double, triple, and quadruple-checking information about authors and sessions sent to publishers, authors and the public; participating in key lead-up events to the Festival; ensuring that all Festival author and programming data remains organized and accurate.


  • An interest in literature and the book industry
  • Must enjoy reading
  • Well-organized and adept at managing fine-grain details
  • Strong writing and copy-editing skills
  • Experienced with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Good people skills, especially under high-pressure and time-sensitive conditions
  • An all-in attitude, ready to jump in and do whatever is needed
  • Self-motivated; ability to work quickly and efficiently

To Apply:
At this time, we are no longer accepting applications. Thank you to all who applied.


Outreach Internship: applications are closed.
The Outreach Internship will prepare the intern for positions in publicity, education, non-profit work, project management, and communications. The skills developed can be used in both the public and private sectors.
The Outreach interns will work directly with the Outreach Manager to assist with the Festival’s outreach programs, including Reading Rock Stars and Real Reads. The interns will work on curriculum development for books included in the programs and will assist with coordinating author travel and day of presentations. The Outreach interns will also assist with communications to schools, libraries, and other communities to help promote the Texas Book Festival and Texas Teen Book Festival. This will include researching, writing, speaking, and some design work. The interns will also work closely with the Outreach Manager on diversity and inclusion work with both Festivals.
Responsibilities during the Festival will include but are not limited to: serving as an author escort, coordinating and running events for Title I students, communicating with classes and teachers who are presenting and serving as a runner/contact for the Children’s Area.


  • Interest in children’s and YA literature
  • Interest in education and childhood development
  • Interest in working with underserved communities
  • Interest in diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong writing and copy-editing skills
  • Experienced, Microsoft Word, Excel and the Google Suite
  • Positive, all-in attitude, ready to jump in (it’s for the kids!)
  • Self-motivated; ability to work quickly and efficiently with little direction

To Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to Lucy Velez, School and Community Programs Coordinator, Please use the subject line “Outreach Internship Application.”


Development Internship: applications are closed.









Marketing & Communications Internship: applications are closed.

The Marketing & Communications intern will help TBF’s Communications & Marketing Coordinator with executing communication, marketing, publicity, and messaging efforts across multiple channels including email, website, social media, press releases, and print/digital advertising.


  • Major, minor or certificate in communications, marketing, public relations, digital media, journalism or other relevant field
  • Excellent communication skills
  • An avid consumer and user of social media
  • Ability to think creatively and develop passionate, unique ideas to help build the TBF brand
  • Enthusiasm and passion for creating content and generating fun and original marketing campaigns
  • Enthusiasm for and knowledge of books, reading, and the literary industry is a bonus!


  • Writing and posting content for the TBF website and Lit Blog
  • Assisting with social media strategy and posting to social media channels
  • Assisting with promotional efforts in newsletters and other promotional materials
  • Assisting with communication and promotion leading up to and during the annual Texas Book Festival on November 7 and 8, 2020
  • Some graphic design work

To Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to Katey Psencik, Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Please use the subject line “Marketing & Communications Internship Application.”

Event Production Internship:

The Event Production Intern will work directly with the Volunteer and Logistics Coordinator to assist with duties ranging from scheduling vehicle rentals to working on-site Festival weekend to coordinate volunteers.

This internship will prepare the intern for a variety of work positions with a wide scope of practical and applicable skills. These skills can be used in a variety of industries, including non-profit and corporate responsibility.

Responsibilities include:

Pre-Festival duties:

  • Help print materials for all VCC meetings, including attending and taking notes
  • Organize supply bags for VCCs, including emergency packets
  • create VCC badge slips and author badge slips
  • help with storage runs
  • Work on badges
  • author and moderator placards (by location)
  • author greenroom session cards
  • author greenroom volunteer assignment cards
  • help with catering orders for Festival venues and author greenroom

Festival Week duties:

  • schedule Uhaul use and work on the overall schedule for the Uhaul
  • help set up church locations and drop-offs of materials during Friday pre-fest
  • set up Author Greenroom

Festival Weekend duties:

  • become the roving VCC, who helps out during the Festival weekend if VCCs want to attend certain sessions
  • coordinate with Author Greenroom VCCs on trash and recycling pickup of Author Greenroom

To Apply:
Interested applicants can send an e-mail with resume and cover letter as attachments to Nicole Wielga, Logistics and Volunteer Coordinator: nicole [at] texasbookfestival [dot] org. Please use the subject line “Event Production Internship Application.”