Chronicle Books

How many people does it take to make a book? You might be surprised. From the editors and designers who dream up our products to the sales and marketing teams that get them out into the world, we look for curious minds that see things differently and want to help others see things differently too.

 

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About Us: 

Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and continues to be one of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the United States. Over the years, we have developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books and gift products. Our independent company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format across a list that is as diverse as it is distinctive. We value collaboration and creativity, we have a passion for design and quality, and we insist on surprising and delighting our readers. To succeed in our work, we seek and hire people who are committed to the open exchange of ideas and who help us cultivate an atmosphere of mutual accountability and trust.

Chronicle Books, LLC is an equal opportunity employer.

Our mission says it best: 

Inspired by the enduring magic of books, we cultivate and distribute exceptional publishing that is instantly recognizable for its spirit and creativity. Our collaborations spark the passions of adults and children worldwide, encouraging them to explore, connect, and see things differently. 

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Editorial Fellowships

We offer fellowship opportunities with our Editorial teams in each of our publishing categories. Fellows will have a variety of responsibilities which may include evaluating manuscripts, aiding in submissions, sorting and sending out decline notices as needed, drafting copy and acquisition topsheets, preparing sales materials, helping with mailings, attending meetings, and handling other administrative tasks. All Fellows must be highly organized, flexible, and able to effectively multitask. Editorial or copywriting experience is a plus.

The Basics:

  • Full time, Non-exempt, 37.5 hours / week, paid $20/hour
  • Full benefits with medical, vision, and dental
  • 2 weeks paid vacation (does not include company holiday closure dates)
  • Projected Start Date: July 29, 2024
  • Projected End Date: September 30, 2025

We are offering 3 opportunities in our editorial departments:

ART

Fellows assisting the Art editors will work on illustrated art and photography books, along with clever gifts and stationery.

ENTERTAINMENT

Fellows assisting the Entertainment editors will work on publishing in the categories of pop culture, humor, pets, trivia, travel, and sex.

CHILDREN’S

Fellows assisting the Children’s editors will work on books for readers up to 18 years old, including board books, picture books, chapter books, and middle grade, as well as novelty items, games, and journals.

Fellows will follow a hybrid schedule of working a minimum of 3 days per week and up to 4 days per week in our San Francisco office. Due to the high level of interest in these roles, we will only be able to contact candidates we are considering placing, and we will not be able to review general requests for Fellowships (specify your editorial department of interest, please).

Upcoming Fellowship Dates: July 29, 2024–September 30, 2025

RESUMES AND COVER LETTERS WILL BE ACCEPTED BETWEEN:

February 1, 2023 and April 30, 2024

We will be in touch during May and June if considered for the fellowship; all incoming Fellows will be confirmed by June 24th.

 

Design Fellowships

Chronicle Books is offers three graphic design fellowship opportunities within our Design Department:

  • The Children's Books and Gift Graphic Design Fellowship focuses on books and gifts for babies, children and young adults. Book formats might include board books, novelty books, picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels. Gifts might include puzzles, kids games, and specialty packaging.
  • The Books and Gift Fellowship focuses on books and gifts for an adult audience. Book content ranges from Art, Food, Lifestyle, and Entertainment (pop culture, music, media, humor, pets, etc). Gifts might include stationery, puzzles, products, and specialty packaging.
  • The Hybrid Books and Gifts Design Fellow will work 50% of the time on adult books and gifts and 50% of the time on children’s books and gifts.

All Fellows will collaborate with a range of designers within our 20-person department; gain exposure to Chronicle Books editors and production coordinators; and have the opportunity to engage with freelance illustrators, photographers, and artists. All positions become integral team members of our Department and will conclude their experience with wonderful additions to their portfolio, as well as an understanding of the publishing industry.

Fellowships are hourly, full-time paid positions (37.5 hours per week) for approximately 12-months and will include health benefits and paid time off. These positions are based in our San Francisco office. We require employees to be fully vaccinated and boosted per CDC guidelines.

The application window for our 2023-2024 fellowships has now closed. Please check back here in January of 2024 to apply for our 2024-2025 fellowships!

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found at chroniclebooks.com/designfellowship.


Design Internships

We take applications on a rolling basis and if you are interested please submit a cover letter, résumé, and link to your portfolio to designinternships@chroniclebooks.com