Educational Programs | January 31, 2024

ABAA Continues Diversity Initiative with Paid Summer Internship Program

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America's Diversity Initiative Committee has announced a paid summer internship program co-sponsored by AbeBooks.

The 10-week paid, hands-on, learning-oriented program provides an opportunity to historically underrepresented individuals in the trade - Black, Indigenous, people of color, and/or LGBTQ+ - by offering tools and experiences, necessary to pursue a career in the antiquarian book trade

The intern will gain experience, including in research, cataloging, and customer relations, with an ABAA member as host.
Find more details about applying here but in brief the application requirements are:

  • self-identify as Black, Indigenous, person of color, and/or LGBTQ+.
  • minimum requirement of a high school diploma, OR currently enrolled student in any degree program, OR recent graduate (< 1-year post-grad)
  • must be detail-oriented, have experience doing independent research, have strong writing skills and time management, and be comfortable working on solo and collaborative projects
  • prior experience working in a bookstore, library, or customer service setting is a plus
  • ability to secure summer housing independently and ability to coordinate commute if necessary

Although interns can select host firms to which they would like to apply, the final intern and host pairing will be decided by the Diversity Initiative Committee with consideration of various factors such as specializations, areas of focus, and business structure. 

The deadline to apply (there are two stages) is April 30, 2024.