Social Media Intern: Accepting Applications Until May 12th

Social MediaP.S. Literary Agency (PSLA) is accepting applications for a Digital and Social Media Intern. Candidates should want to gain experience at an agency, have a flexible schedule, be able to devote 10 hours a week, and be comfortable working remotely.

Overall, PSLA is looking for applicants that are students or new to the industry, a passion for books, sharp eye for detail, a desire to learn how the industry and how agenting works, and good social media marketing skills.

The internship is unpaid, but PSLA will happily provide career guidance, publishing industry advice, and, if successful, a glowing letter of reference. One of our former interns is a graduate of the Humber College publishing program and is now our Agency Assistant. Another has been promoted to Associate Agent: Maria Vicente.

Digital and Social Media Intern


  • Managing agency Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest pages
  • Assisting with digital marketing plans
  • Simple graphic design for social media campaigns

Ideal Candidate:

  • Experience in social media maintenance
  • Basic graphic design skills
  • Interest in author brand management
  • Comfortable working from home
  • Previous publishing experience in a digital or marketing department

Interested candidates can contact with their cover letter and resume with the subject heading: Intern Application. Please answer the following questions in the body of the email:

  • Why do you want to work at a literary agency?
  • Who are your five favourite authors?
  • What are your favourite publishing websites?
  • What is your weekly schedule like/what is your availability?

We look forward to your application!

The application process closes May 12th, 2014.

Published by Carly Watters

Carly Watters is a SVP, senior literary agent and director of literary branding with the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a hands-on agent that develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to detail and the relevant markets. PSLA’s mission is to manage authors’ literary brands for their entire career. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents and is actively seeking new authors in including women’s fiction, commercial and upmarket fiction, select literary fiction, platform-driven non fiction and select memoir. She occasionally represents children's book projects. Carly is drawn to emotional, well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in.

7 thoughts on “Social Media Intern: Accepting Applications Until May 12th

  1. Not offering compensation for an internship is pretty frowned upon–in Canada, it’s actually outright illegal to take unpaid interns (unless the internship is part of a university or college degree requirement). I’d consider at least offering minimum wage. Nobody should have to work for free.

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    1. Hi Ashground,
      as I’m from Australia, we have a similar system/ laws here as in Canada, however, we need to see this for what it is, a short, non-monetary training session which consists of 10 hours a week for (what I understand to be) an approx. 3-month period.

      If this was vocational training and (as you say) part of a degree, diploma or accredited course, then we would be the ones paying for the course. In this case, the internship offers something to the potential intern to (soon after) add to a CV and/or a course application, especially so if it comes with a letter of recommendation.

      I agree, people shouldn’t work for nothing, but I also see this for what it is, an opportunity to open doors into an industry some of us would like to work within.

      Also, it should be remembered, in the USA, where I understand PS Lit also has offices, unpaid interniships are the norm.

      And before you ask, I am not affiliated with PS Lit in any way, though I will be applying for the position :)

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      1. I think it’s generally agreed that the phrases “it’ll be good experience”, “think of what it will do for your network”, and “this will look great in your portfolio” are things that people should run from if it’s not backed by compensation. If you’re willing to work for free, you’re telling others in the industry that you don’t think your skills are worth compensation. It’s really, really easy to get stuck in that hole. This is especially true in my own industry (design)–working for free is the quickest way to the bottom, internship or not (and both in the US and Canada–companies that don’t pay their interns get blacklisted).

        It might be that this internship is a stepping stone to something better, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re asking for someone to do work for them at a pretty big personal loss. And again, in Canada the practice has been deemed so harmful that it’s been made illegal–if someone does work for you, you have to pay them. Period. You can at least give them enough so that they’re not going to drown in debt, go without food, or miss a rent payment in order to work for you. They deserve at least the absolute minimum amount of money you’re legally required to pay someone for work.

        The podcast CanadaLand has had some good discussions about the problem of unpaid interns. Obviously it’s focused on the problem here in Canada, but the issue is universal.


      2. All good comments.

        Our agency is virtual, we all work from home, so there is no office for an intern to come into so there is no cost but their time.

        10 hours a week is a small amount of time for someone who has a day job or is a student who wants to get into the industry. It’s an ‘in’ at a literary agency, which is a hard internship to come by. We like to open our doors to people who want to learn more about the industry and contribute in a small way.

        I acknowledge and understand your message.

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      3. Ashground,

        I don’t intend to get into a war & peace epic with you on this. I agree in principal with your “no work for free” policy; however, allow me to show you how sometimes

        “it’ll be good experience…”, “think of what it will do for your network….”, and “this will look great in your portfolio…”

        actually does exactly that.
        In 2007/2008 I started painting & sculpting on a more serious level. Even though I was working in the finance industry, I have always been drawn to the arts.

        In 2008 I completed a sculptor which was seen by a government official in a small joint exhibition I held with 7 other artists. The sculptor in question took me some 150-hours to complete. The government official approached me after my exhibition was complete (with no sales) and asked if I’d be willing to donate my sculptor. I considered this for 2-weeks, looked into the building and the government department and chose to give the sculptor to the building for free- in perpetuity.

        I was sent a letter of gratitude for my “donation” and appreciation.
        Long story short, one of my works of art was now featured in the foyer of a government building — this led to an offer to exhibit in a pretentious gallery in Melbourne CBD, to sales and then to collectors contacting me, to an offer from a Parisian gallery to hold an exhibition there… to further sales in Paris and collectors now in five countries…

        My point is, you can make what you want of an opportunity and not everything that seems like a financial disadvantage in fact is.


      4. No. In America unpaid internships are not the norm. Some companies do them in accordance to the law — meaning they do not use any of the work created by the intern for monitory gain. Instead they mentor the intern, typically by having them working on past accounts. There are some companies in America who abuse unpaid interns by using their work for monitory gain and not even having the decency to pay them minimum wage.


  2. It is against the law in America for a company that does not pay an intern to use any of the work the intern produces. A company not paying an intern cannot benefit from the intern’s work.


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