Ugly Duckling Presse

Ugly Duckling Presse is a volunteer-run collective that depends on the support of interns and volunteers to keep going. Want to get involved?

We welcome volunteers on an as-needed, as-offered basis, usually on Presse Days (occasional Saturdays) during which we bind, assemble, pack, etc. You can sign up to receive notice of Presse Days by joining the Presse Day Mailing List. (Note, this email list will not duplicate our monthly book & event announcement; it’s just to keep in touch with people willing to volunteer.)

INTERNSHIPS are two days a week plus Saturday
The next deadline for internship applications is April 1, 2015, for internships beginning June 1 and lasting for 3 months. The following deadline for internship applications is July 1, for internships beginning September 1 and lasting for 7 months. Here’s what an internship with UDP looks like:

You’ll work with our Presse Manager to oversee the daily operations of the Presse: packing orders, promoting events, coordinating review and subscriber mailings, maintaining our database, and all the many tasks, large and small, that go into keeping the Presse running. You’ll learn how to update our website, design our promotional materials, print our covers, bind our chapbooks, and charm our reviewers. You’ll help edit, proofread, assemble, promote, and sell every one of the UDP titles we print during the course of your internship. You’ll partner directly with UDP editors on everything from fundraising to fact-checking. And we will never, ever ask you to get us coffee.

What you’ll gain: An amazing experience, a place in our community, and the skills to run a small press. Previous interns have become members of the UDP volunteer editorial collective, started their own literary magazines, founded small presses, started reading series, and published their own books.

What you’ll give: An internship with Ugly Duckling is demanding, rewarding, and unpaid. We’ll ask you for three days a week of your time: two weekdays (TBD) and Saturday.

If you are interested in interning with us, please send a hard copy of your resume with a cover letter to the UDP address below. Students, recent grads, not-so-recent grads, ABDs, and dropouts most welcome!


Please send inquiries/materials to:

Ugly Duckling Presse
The Old American Can Factory
232 Third Street #E303
Brooklyn NY 11215

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