The Association of American Publishers and UNCF (United Negro College Fund) announced an expanded application process for its paid summer available to graduating seniors with interest in pursuing a career in the publishing industry. The internship program was originally available to students from any historic black college and university (HBCUs) in the U.S., but now it is expanding to include minority undergraduate students and graduating seniors from any college or university in the country.

The summer 2020 AAP-UNCF Internship Program is providing paid positions at AAP’s member publishing companies, including Elsevier, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Princeton University Press, and W.W. Norton, as well as at AAP itself. Eleven student interns will be selected, matched with a mentor, and provided with subsidized housing.

Applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.0, a record of leadership and community service, and strong writing skills are encouraged to apply online here. The deadline to apply for AAP-UNCF internships is March 12.

“We hope that by expanding this program, we will attract even more impressive talent to our industry," Syreeta Swann, AAP v-p, programs and administration, said in a statement.

Taliah Givens, UNCF senior director of student professional development programs, added: "Now more unrepresented students of diverse backgrounds will have an opportunity to apply and receive exposure into a thriving career field. As a result, we will grow our collective impact in building diversity in publishing careers.”