Intern with the Bay Area Book Festival

Are you a UC Berkeley student interested in in an excellent professional development opportunity while learning the ins-and-outs of creating a world class literary festival?

Intern with the Bay Area Book Festival (BABF) for academic credit!

About the Internships

Taking place in person May 6-7 in downtown Berkeley, the Bay Area Book Festival (BABF) is now accepting applications from UC Berkeley interns to receive course credit through Humanities 197 for the spring 2023 semester. This will be a P/NP, three-unit Field Study (Independent Study).

BABF internships are an excellent opportunity for students to learn what is required to produce a major literary event that is regional, national and international in scope. You’ll choose one of three tracks: literary curation, festival production/volunteer services, and marketing, writing & communications. You can review the internship job descriptions for each track by clicking the links below:

How to Apply

To apply, you must be a UC Berkeley student eligible to receive course credit through Humanities 197 for the spring 2023 semester. All majors are welcome — you do not need to be a Humanities major.

Once you’ve chosen an internship track that interests you, submit the 2023 BABF Internship Application by midnight on Wednesday, December 7, 2022. As the selection process can be competitive and interviews are conducted on a rolling basis, we encourage early application submissions.

Key Dates


Deadline to submit 2023 BABF Internship Application


BABF to screen applications for ideal placement(s)


BABF conducts interviews with prospective interns


BABF submits names of selected interns to UC


UC informs students of need to enroll in HUM 197 by 12/16


Students enroll in HUM 197


Students begin HUM 197 course


Students begin HUM 197 internships with BABF

Off-Campus Work Supervisor:

Samee Roberts, Managing Director
Bay Area Book Festival
[email protected]

UC Berkeley Faculty Advisor:

Evelyn Thorne
Creative Discovery Coordinator & Advisor
Discovery Hub | Arts + Design Initiative
[email protected]

Should you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you, and thank you for your interest in the Bay Area Book Festival!