Available Positions with The Common

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(open to current Amherst College students only)

Starting June 4, 8-10 weeks with option to continue during semester

Student interns for The Common are involved in all aspects of literary magazine publishing. Responsibilities include critically evaluating prose and poetry submissions; creating web features in WordPress; writing and designing publicity materials; editing and proofreading; office/administrative duties, such as website maintenance, mailings, and database work; and helping to organize and staff conferences and events, including new and innovative programs with other community organizations.

Preference is given to students committed to working not only Summer 2018 but also during the 2018-19 academic year. Please include details of your availability (planned semesters abroad, etc.) in your cover letter. We receive many applications from students who love writing and reading; make sure to let us know what specifically interests you about working for The Common, and what you hope to learn and why. Please also include any experience or skills you think would assist you in your work.

Testimonials from past interns:

  • “I loved having the opportunity to try a range of different tasks and areas of literary publishing. I also love the lack of hierarchy that I feel when I work at TC—I have found fantastic mentors working at the organization, but what sets the editors apart as mentors is their openness, and the openness of the organization, in really allowing interns to experience all parts of the literary publishing process.”
  • “My experience working at TC added a more practical, applied application of my English major to my semester and my summer. I also got the chance to work collaboratively with people in a setting outside of class, which I loved, and was exposed to diverse literary voices that I didn’t necessarily get the chance to read in all my classes.”

Hours: 40 hours/week for 8-10 weeks (generally Monday-Friday 9-5)

Requirements: Applicants should have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be passionate about literature and working at a nonprofit. They should be highly motivated and able to work independently on projects and also coordinate easily with a group. Students should be familiar with the MS Office programs. Experience with InDesign, web development/web editing, WordPress, social media marketing, and digital audio and video production are a big bonus.

Hourly Wage: $11/hour

How to Apply: Submit cover letter and resume here. Or, find and apply via Quest.

Application Deadline: March 10, 2018


reading The Common


The Common invites those interested in the world of literary publishing and passionate about contemporary fiction and nonfiction to apply to join our Reading Staff. Volunteer readers evaluate short works of fiction as well as essays; readers must be open-minded yet analytical. They must judge, quickly and thoroughly, the literary merit of each submission and the rightness of its fit for The Common given its sense-of-place mission. Readers are expected to review an average of 12 stories per week. We welcome undergraduate and MFA students as well as avid, sophisticated readers of all kinds.

Interested applicants should be thoroughly familiar with work published in The Common. All pieces published in print and online content are available in our digital archive. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated skill and experience in critical reading and comprehension, and must be concise and articulate writers. Candidates must be able to read and review 12 pieces per week.


Our reading team is currently full; if your application is successful you will be placed on a waiting list until a space becomes available.

Please click here to express your interest in this position. You will be asked for contact information as well as a CV and cover letter outlining why the position appeals to you and any relevant experience. The next step for qualified candidates is evaluating two test pieces. 


Emily EverettAvailable Positions with The Common