Careers

Temporary Publicist

Candlewick Press seeks a Temporary Publicist. This position would begin in June 2024 and go through November 2024, working on various publicity & marketing initiatives during the maternity leave of a senior publicist.

This position will manage publicity and some marketing for a range of titles (both lead and midlist), with responsibilities including list building, pitching, and media outreach and follow-up; author tour itineraries, travel arrangements and logistics; author & agent communications; mailings; internal communication and campaign updates. Other duties may include support for larger departmental campaigns; development of promotional materials including press kits and releases; awards submissions, and other general publicity and database and contact management responsibilities. Excellent communication and organizational skills are required, as is prior publicity and/or marketing experience at a children’s publishing house.

This temporary position with an average of 28 hours per week ideally will be hybrid and based in our Boston office 2 days a week. If you are interested in applying for this temporary role, please send a resume and cover letter to careers@candlewick.com referencing Temporary Publicist.


To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to careers@candlewick.com, referencing "Temporary Publicist"
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Promotions Designer

Candlewick Press, a leading publisher of books for children located in Somerville, MA seeks a skilled Promotions Designer. This position is responsible for creating high quality promotional materials to support the marketing and sale of our children’s books. Applying Candlewick styles and standards, the Promotions Designer will design various projects from concept through finish, routing materials through the required rounds of correction and approval.


The designer will produce a variety of book promotional projects such as posters and bookmarks, as well as items for sales and marketing such as sell sheets, trade and consumer ads, website banner ads, and conference materials. They will work on a variety of digital projects, especially online advertising such as animated gifs and website banners.


Understanding and working with various print and digital specifications and materials, the designer will prepare high resolution digital files for printing and online use including scanning; manipulating images, PDF creations, and color correcting.


This position will work closely with other designers as well as marketing and sales staff. They will also work closely with the Promo Materials Production Coordinator, the Commercial Operations Manager, and SVP, Group Commercial Operations Director.


Required Skills and Experience:



  • Expert in Adobe Creative Suite

    • with focus in InDesign / Photoshop / Illustrator / Acrobat

    • Basic HTML5 proficiency and knowledge of other animation tools such as Adobe Animate a bonus



  • Strong understanding of four- and one-color print production basics

  • Understanding of / Experience with font management tools

  • Basic understanding of web advertising creative (static and animated)

  • Good sense of color management as related to print and web publishing

  • Fluent with MS Office Suite including Outlook

  • Adept at trimming, tiling, cutting, and assembling clean and neat materials


This is a full-time position based in Somerville, MA with the option for hybrid work. A comprehensive benefits package is offered including medical, dental, life and disability insurance; flex spending and 401k plans, voluntary benefits, generous paid time off and much more! If you wish to be considered for this opportunity, please forward a resume and cover letter to careers@candlewick.com.


To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to careers@candlewick.com, referencing " Promotions Designer "


To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to careers@candlewick.com, referencing "Promotions Designer"
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Consumer Marketing Assistant

Candlewick Press, a leading publisher of books for children located in Somerville, MA seeks a Consumer Marketing Assistant. Reporting to the VP of Consumer Marketing, this position will be involved in all areas of consumer marketing, including digital marketing, social media, and brand/ backlist marketing. This will include support for all department members on digital and social media campaigns for all imprints, including Candlewick Press, Holiday House Books, MIT Kids, MITeen, Peachtree Press, Peachtree Teen, and Walker US. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:



  • providing administrative and creative support for marketing campaigns and initiatives across the department

  • social media and email newsletter trafficking to include researching and reaching out to influencers, maintaining contact databases, identifying trends in book coverage, social media graphic design (Canva and photography training as needed) and scheduling posts across various accounts and imprints

  • tracking deadlines, liaising with editors, copy writing, and database input for our seasonal catalog creation

  • creating event kits with activities and downloadable assets for storytime and authorless activity kits for key titles and brands

  • researching potential organizations to approach for mutually beneficial relationships that promote key brands

  • attending bi-weekly e-book meetings with sales, keeping on top of backlist promotional opportunities

  • facilitating and executing key departmental tasks, including office mailings, departmental invoicing, seasonal tracking documents, and other projects and administrative responsibilities as needed


Required Skills & Experience


The ideal candidate should have exceptional detail orientation and communication skills, a working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel, Canva, and PowerPoint, experience with database systems, a motivation to learn, and outstanding organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple priorities. An interest in marketing and social media as well as children’s publishing is strongly preferred.


The annual salary for this role is $41k. This is a full-time position based in Somerville, MA with the option for hybrid work. A comprehensive benefits package is offered including medical, dental, life and disability insurance; flex spending and 401k plans, voluntary benefits, generous paid time off and much more! If you wish to be considered for this opportunity, please forward a resume and cover letter to careers@candlewick.com.


To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to careers@candlewick.com, referencing " Consumer Marketing Assistant "


To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to careers@candlewick.com, referencing "Consumer Marketing Assistant"
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Editorial Assistant

Candlewick Press, a leading publisher of books for children, located in Somerville, MA, seeks an Editorial Assistant. The Editorial Assistant will provide variable levels of administrative and editorial support to an Executive Editorial Director and two off-site Senior Executive Editors (one of whom works part-time) with duties and responsibilities to include:

  • attending weekly publishing/production meetings and book development meetings
  • reviewing various stages of circulating books on behalf of Supervisors
  • drafting jacket copy
  • reading and preparing reader's reports for submissions and active projects
  • attending tri-yearly sales conferences and bi-yearly foreign rights conferences
  • liaising with authors and agents
  • preparing packages for mailing to authors, agents, and others
  • assisting in documenting/updating departmental processes
  • other administrative tasks as needed

Required Skills and Experience:

Candidates must be extremely organized, attentive to detail, and able to multitask and prioritize. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter and possess a strong interest in children's trade publishing, a motivation to learn, exceptional English language skills (proofreading, spelling, grammar), and strong communication and relationship-building skills. They will be expected to become proficient in Adobe Acrobat, Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and other common computer programs.

This is a full-time position based in Somerville, MA, with the option for hybrid work. The annual salary for this role is $41k. A comprehensive benefits package is offered, including medical, dental, life, and disability insurance; flex spending and 401k plans; voluntary benefits; generous paid time off and much more! If you wish to be considered for this opportunity, please forward a resume and cover letter to careers@candlewick.com.


To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to careers@candlewick.com, referencing "Editorial Assistant"
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Design Internship
Candlewick Press offers internships in the fall, spring, and summer according to the needs of various departments. The desired time commitment averages fourteen hours per week up to twelve weeks. An independent publisher, we are a dynamic company that provides excellent opportunities to acquire firsthand knowledge of the publishing industry. We are looking for motivated, conscientious, and dedicated individuals with excellent organizational skills, as well as strong attention to detail, who are very eager to learn about the children's publishing industry and be part of a high-energy, creative team.

Our Design internship is particularly well suited to students who are looking to become children's book illustrators or book designers. Design interns assist picture book and fiction designers with scanning illustrator sketches and final artwork, font research, preliminary page set up, and image placement in layouts. They help the Art Department Assistant unpack and log artwork, circulate materials, and make book dummies; and assist the Art Coordination Manager with art exhibitions, award submissions, maintaining illustrator sample files and reviewing art submissions. Design interns also attend departmental meetings on illustrator selection, cover designs, and art direction whenever possible. Other tasks and projects may be assigned on an as-needed basis. Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop and InDesign is required. Familiarity with handling original artwork, knowledge of contemporary picture book illustration, and experience with box cutters and X-acto knives and tiling images is preferred. *Please note that Design interns will not be creating artwork themselves in this position.
As internships are determined on a need basis, there is a chance a particular department may not host an intern every semester. Candlewick Press' paid internship initiative offers an invaluable opportunity to develop professional skills, learn the ins and outs of the publishing world, and make important contacts within the industry. Internships can be used for college credit if approved by the interns' educational institution. We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) offers grants for diverse candidates. For more information, click here.

**Please note that Candlewick Press will be offering hybrid internships for our Summer 2024 and Fall 2024 internship program.**

Our annual application deadlines are as follows:

Spring internships (running from early February through early May) - November 5th
Summer internships (running from early June through mid-August) - April 30th
Fall internships (running from early September through end of November) - June 15th

To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail, specifying the position of "Design Internship" and semester of interest, to the attention of the internship coordinator at interns@candlewick.com. If applying for more than one department's internship, please submit separate cover letters for each.
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Editorial Internship
Candlewick Press offers internships in the fall, spring, and summer according to the needs of various departments. The desired time commitment averages fourteen hours per week up to twelve weeks. We are a dynamic company that provides excellent opportunities to acquire firsthand knowledge of the publishing industry. We are looking for motivated, conscientious, and dedicated individuals with excellent organizational skills, as well as strong attention to detail, who are very eager to learn about the children's publishing industry and be part of a high-energy, creative team.

Candlewick Editorial Internship
Editorial Interns will work closely with a mentor in the editorial department and learn about the entire editorial process, from initial submission to printer's proofs. Intern tasks often include reading submissions, writing reader's reports, and drafting rejection letters; researching comparable titles in the market; fact-checking; researching third-party permissions for visual and textual material incorporated in books; drafting jacket/cover copy and ad card copy; and checking in-house page proofs and printer's proofs. Additionally, interns may attend meetings based on availability, which may include weekly covers, production, and picture book team meetings as well as project-specific meetings with members of the editorial, editorial services, and design teams. Candidates with reading comprehension in other languages should specify this in their resume and cover letter.

Candlewick MIT Kids Press STEAM-focused Editorial Internship
In collaboration with MIT Press, our MIT Kids and Teen imprints publish engaging and ambitious books with a focus on STEAM themes for kids ages 0-18. Our list is predominantly nonfiction, and we work with scientists, artists, inventors, writers, and thinkers to make beautiful, cutting-edge books for young audiences. We are in search of a detail-oriented intern who can complete photo research, fact checking, reader's reports, and a variety of other tasks to help bring our projects from submission to finished book. Depending on availability, our intern can expect to attend production and design meetings as well as editorial brainstorming sessions, and to get a front row seat to the bookmaking process. Interest in children's nonfiction and/or STEM topics strongly preferred.
As internships are determined on a need basis, there is a chance a particular department may not host an intern every semester. Candlewick Press' paid internship initiative offers an invaluable opportunity to develop professional skills, learn the ins and outs of the publishing world, and make important contacts within the industry. Internships can be used for college credit if approved by the interns' educational institution. We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) offers grants for diverse candidates. For more information, click here.

**Please note that Candlewick Press will be offering hybrid internships for our Summer 2024 and Fall 2024 internship program.**

Our annual application deadlines are as follows:

Spring internships (running from early February through early May) - November 5th
Summer internships (running from early June through mid-August) - April 30th
Fall internships (running from early September through end of November) - June 15th

To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail, specifying the position of "Editorial Internship" and semester of interest, to the attention of the internship coordinator at interns@candlewick.com. If applying for more than one department's internship, please submit separate cover letters for each.
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Marketing Internship
Candlewick Press offers internships in the fall, spring, and summer according to the needs of various departments. The desired time commitment averages fourteen hours per week up to twelve weeks. An independent publisher, we are a dynamic company that provides excellent opportunities to acquire firsthand knowledge of the publishing industry. We are looking for motivated, conscientious, and dedicated individuals with excellent organizational skills, as well as strong attention to detail, who are very eager to learn about the children's publishing industry and be part of a high-energy, creative team.

Marketing Interns focus on one of two areas:
* School and Library Marketing - interns assist our school and library marketing team to coordinate timely mailings, including in-house programs (like Teen Buzz) and ALA award submissions (like the Newbery award); maintain various spreadsheets, including award submissions and reviews; update our School and Library Marketing Instagram and twitter accounts; fulfill desk copy requests; assist in various preparation for conventions; attend weekly departmental meetings; research influential library outlets; and more.
* Publicity - interns assist with media outreach and promotional events on behalf of books and authors by drafting press materials; researching awards and event venues; coordinating trade mailings to major review outlets; fulfilling review copy requests; organizing and maintaining marketing materials; researching targeted publicity outlets; attending weekly departmental meetings; assisting in developing marketing materials for future lists, including seasonal e-blasts; assisting with press clip maintenance and other general marketing duties.
As internships are determined on a need basis, there is a chance a particular department may not host an intern every semester. Candlewick Press' paid internship initiative offers an invaluable opportunity to develop professional skills, learn the ins and outs of the publishing world, and make important contacts within the industry. Internships can be used for college credit if approved by the interns' educational institution. We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) offers grants for diverse candidates. For more information, click here.

**Please note that Candlewick Press will be offering hybrid internships for our Summer 2024 and Fall 2024 internship program.**

Our annual application deadlines are as follows:

Spring internships (running from early February through early May) - November 5th
Summer internships (running from early June through mid-August) - April 30th
Fall internships (running from early September through end of November) - June 15th

To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail, specifying the position of "Marketing Internship" and semester of interest, to the attention of the internship coordinator at interns@candlewick.com. If applying for more than one department's internship, please submit separate cover letters for each.
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Publishing Technologies Internship
Candlewick Press offers internships in the fall, spring, and summer according to the needs of various departments. The desired time commitment averages fourteen hours per week up to twelve weeks. An independent publisher, we are a dynamic company that provides excellent opportunities to acquire firsthand knowledge of the publishing industry. We are looking for motivated, conscientious, and dedicated individuals with excellent organizational skills, as well as strong attention to detail, who are very eager to learn about the children's publishing industry and be part of a high-energy, creative team.

The Publishing Technologies internship offers hands-on experience with several areas related to our digital publishing and marketing programs. The qualified intern will gain a thorough understanding of PDF creation and optimization using Adobe InDesign and Adobe Acrobat; assist the supervisor with video editing and post-production projects using Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects; help produce promotional videos used to market our novelty children's books; assist with setup and production for occasional on-site video shoots with authors and illustrators; learn to use digital photography in a controlled shooting environment in order to create promotional images for pop-up books, flap books, merchandise, box sets, giveaways, and more; shadow the supervisor on occasional e-book production projects to gain knowledge in e-book creation, file preparation, file testing, and on sale support. Candidates for this internship must be proficient on Mac OS and should understand the basics of design, video and audio editing, using the Adobe Creative Suite. Any e-book and basic HTML experience would be a bonus. Examples of your work are always welcome and encouraged!
As internships are determined on a need basis, there is a chance a particular department may not host an intern every semester. Candlewick Press' paid internship initiative offers an invaluable opportunity to develop professional skills, learn the ins and outs of the publishing world, and make important contacts within the industry. Internships can be used for college credit if approved by the interns' educational institution. We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) offers grants for diverse candidates. For more information, click here.

**Please note that Candlewick Press will be offering hybrid internships for our Summer 2024 and Fall 2024 internship program.**

Our annual application deadlines are as follows:

Spring internships (running from early February through early May) - November 5th
Summer internships (running from early June through mid-August) - April 30th
Fall internships (running from early September through end of November) - June 15th

To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail, specifying the position of "Publishing Technologies Internship" and semester of interest, to the attention of the internship coordinator at interns@candlewick.com. If applying for more than one department's internship, please submit separate cover letters for each.
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Sales Internship
Candlewick Press offers internships in the fall, spring, and summer according to the needs of various departments. The desired time commitment averages fourteen hours per week up to twelve weeks. An independent publisher, we are a dynamic company that provides excellent opportunities to acquire firsthand knowledge of the publishing industry. We are looking for motivated, conscientious, and dedicated individuals with excellent organizational skills, as well as strong attention to detail, who are very eager to learn about the children's publishing industry and be part of a high-energy, creative team.

The ideal candidate for the Sales Internship will have a strong interest in book publishing and children's books. Responsibilities include assisting staff with the following: distributing sales materials within the department, coordinating key mailings to independent bookstores and other accounts, preparing promotional materials for school and library accounts, assisting with online social media, researching accounts online, fulfilling sample requests from accounts, and assisting department members on new projects. Necessary skills include Microsoft Office; exceptional writing, communication, and organizational skills; and a positive attitude. Knowledge of and/or interest in book selling is a plus.
As internships are determined on a need basis, there is a chance a particular department may not host an intern every semester. Candlewick Press' paid internship initiative offers an invaluable opportunity to develop professional skills, learn the ins and outs of the publishing world, and make important contacts within the industry. Internships can be used for college credit if approved by the interns' educational institution. We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) offers grants for diverse candidates. For more information, click here.

**Please note that Candlewick Press will be offering hybrid internships for our Summer 2024 and Fall 2024 internship program.**

Our annual application deadlines are as follows:

Spring internships (running from early February through early May) - November 5th
Summer internships (running from early June through mid-August) - April 30th
Fall internships (running from early September through end of November) - June 15th

To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail, specifying the position of "Sales Internship" and semester of interest, to the attention of the internship coordinator at interns@candlewick.com. If applying for more than one department's internship, please submit separate cover letters for each.
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Temporary Publicist
Promotions Designer
Consumer Marketing Assistant
Editorial Assistant
Design Internship
Editorial Internship
Marketing Internship
Publishing Technologies Internship
Sales Internship