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The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America's Diversity Initiative Committee is proud to announce a paid summer internship program co-sponsored by AbeBooks. We invite you to apply and share this opportunity with qualified applicants at your institution and beyond. 

This 10-week paid, hands-on, learning-oriented program seeks to provide an opportunity for entry to historically underrepresented individuals in the trade—Black, Indigenous, people of color, and/or LGBTQ+, by offering tools, experiences, and exposures necessary to pursue a career in the antiquarian book trade. 

The intern will gain experience in research, cataloging, customer relations, and more with an ABAA member as host.


Application Requirements

  • Self-identify as Black, Indigenous, person of color, and/or LGBTQ+.

  • Minimum requirement of a high school diploma, OR currently enrolled student in any degree program, OR recent graduate (< 1-year post-grad).

  • Must be detail-oriented, have experience doing independent research, have strong writing skills and time management, and be comfortable working on solo and collaborative projects. 

  • Prior experience working in a bookstore, library, or customer service setting is a plus.

  • Ability to secure summer housing independently and ability to coordinate commute if necessary.


The application is a 2 stage process. Stage 1 application can be found here. Applicants will submit standard information and application materials. Stage 2 of the application will open on February 22, 2024. The list of host firms will be available for reference. 

Interns can select host firms they would like to apply for. However, The ultimate intern and host pairing will be decided by the Diversity Initiative Committee with consideration of various factors such as specializations, areas of focus, and business structure. The location could also be a point of consideration. The deadline to apply for Stage 1 and Stage 2 is April 30, 2024. Please note that you must apply to Stage 1 before you can fill out an application for Stage 2. 

ABAA Headquarters will be available throughout the entire process, from applications to internship pairings through the completion of the program, to address any questions or concerns that may arise. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Xin Yi Zhao, ABAA’s Associate Director, at for more information.




* Because this form requires supplementary materials, files will be uploaded to the form owner’s Google Drive. Respondents will be required to sign in to an email account hosted by Google to complete the application. If you do not have a Google-hosted login, you can create one here, or contact Xin Yi Zhao ( to apply via an alternative method. Be sure to upload your material as a PDF.