FAQ for Training Intern Network Students

How does this program work?

The Publishing Basics course and certification offers a comprehensive introduction to how publishing functions as a business, by presenting lessons on each stage a book passes through between the writer and the reader. It’s designed to be more focused, more affordable, and more accessible than other introductions to publishing—specifically master’s programs. It features eight distinct online learning modules, each of which is followed by a live 60-90 minute videoconference discussion section. Certificate earners will exit the program better prepared to apply for and win entry-level jobs in publishing.

Agate has used a version of this program to find and train more than 100 interns over the past dozen years, most of whom are now working professionals in publishing. We are scaling up this program to make it more broadly available and sustainable in part by engaging other presses seeking to find and train a more diverse range of aspiring entrants to our field.
After completion of the program, the training intern will earn the Publishing Basics certification and become part of Agate Publishing Academy’s network of new professionals and participating presses.

What are the larger goals and benefits of the program?

To offer professional development for aspiring industry entrants—information that will help them get their first jobs in the industry— in a way that’s more focused, more affordable, and more accessible than master’s programs.
To be an outreach program that can diversify the ranks of new entrants to the industry by bringing this learning opportunity to people where they are, on terms far less daunting than those of existing entry points.

How does a training intern qualify for the program?

Agate is seeking candidates through a national network of colleges and universities, for periods roughly coinciding with the traditional fall and spring semesters.
  • Candidates should be enrolled students in good standing that have completed at least half their junior undergraduate year.
  • The program will also be open to enrolled graduate student candidates (many participants in Agate’s on-site program have been graduate students).
  • Applicants must supply a resume and a cover letter, and may also be asked to submit at least one nonfiction writing sample of no more than 2000 words in length.

How do I apply, and what is the timeline for the program?

To apply, candidates should email [email protected] a resume and a cover letter with the words “Training Intern Application” in the subject line. Applications must be received before December 15, 2023, for the inaugural phase of this program, which will take place in the first half of 2024.

How are the live seminars run?

After completing a given module, participants must compose three follow-up questions, addressing that module’s contents, which are used to guide the ensuing seminar discussion. Agate staff working in the relevant disciplines lead these seminars, in subjects such as Editi. Working with fully remote intern cohorts from 2020 to 2022 helped Agate refine best practices for leading these seminars via group videoconference.