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.
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.
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.
We offer 3 opportunities, one in each of our editorial departments:
Fellows assisting the Art editors will work on illustrated art and photography books, along with clever gifts and stationery. This fellowship encourages but do not require a Fellow who is able to come into our San Francisco office on some days of the week. Please submit a resume and cover letter by clicking on the link below. Please include in your cover letter your preferred department.
Fellows assisting the Entertainment editors will work on publishing in the categories of pop culture, humor, pets, trivia, travel, and sex. This fellowship encourages but do not require a Fellow who is able to come into our San Francisco office on some days of the week. Please submit a resume and cover letter by clicking on the link below. Please include in your cover letter your preferred department.
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. This fellowship requires a Fellow who is able to come into our San Francisco office on some days of the week. Please submit a resume and cover letter by clicking on the link below. Please include in your cover letter your preferred department.
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.
Chronicle Books hires for the Editorial Fellowships annually in March. Please return to this page in 2023 to find the application link.
Chronicle Books is offers three graphic design fellowship opportunities within our Design Department:
- The Children’s Books & 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 & 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 & 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.
Please send all required materials to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15, 2023 with the subject line format as follows: “Name / Fellowship You’re Applying For” (e.g. 'Jane Doe / Fellowship: Adult,' 'Morgan Jones / Fellowship: Children,' or 'John Smith / Fellowship: Hybrid Adult + Children').
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found at chroniclebooks.com/designfellowship.
We have temporarily suspended the Design Studio Internship while the threat of COVID-19 is still present and the Shelter-In-Place mandate for San Francisco County is still in place.
We will make the internship available once regular business operations have resumed and the public situation is deemed safe.