Available Positions with The Common

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Literary Publishing Internship (Spring & Summer 2020 open until January 16, 2020)

The Common offers internships for Amherst College students. Working full-time over the summer and interterm and part-time during the school year, interns critically evaluate submissions; write, edit, and proofread prose and poetry; create multimedia web features; write and design publicity materials; develop, organize, and staff innovative events on campus and across the country; and analyze magazine production and distribution strategy.

More than 40 Amherst students have participated in The Common‘s Literary Publishing Internship since the magazine launched in 2011. Former interns have gone on to publish novels, win Watson Fellowships, study literature at competitive graduate programs, and work at nonprofit organizations and literary publishers around the world.

The Common Literary Publishing Internships typically begin with a summer term, hiring for which is posted on Handshake and with the Career Center in March each year. Occasionally, vacancies open at other times, and will be posted and advertised accordingly.

Currently hiring: apply for Spring & Summer 2020 here, or Summer 2020 only here.

READING STAFF (Positions filled; apply for wait list.)

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.


Please click here to express your interest in the reading staff 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. The Common’s reading team is currently at capacity, so candidates will be vetted and added to our reading team wait list.


Available Positions with The Common