Charlesbridge publishes high-quality books for children and adults, with a goal of creating and supporting lifelong readers and lifelong learners. Our children’s books encourage reading and discovery in the classroom, library, and home, and embrace a child’s innate sense of wonder and fun. Charlesbridge believes that books should offer accurate information, be both compelling and educational, and promote a positive worldview. To this end, we continually strive to seek new voices, new visions, and new directions in both children's and adult literature.

Charlesbridge is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  As part of our commitment to health and safety, Charlesbridge requires COVID-19 vaccines for current employees, including all newly hired employees.

Job Openings

Charlesbridge, an independent publisher, seeks an organized and detail-oriented booklover to join our rights team as our Rights and Contracts Associate or Senior Associate. Charlesbridge currently operates under a hybrid in-office/virtual work schedule, requiring two days a week in our Watertown, Massachusetts office. This is a full-time, benefitted position. Candidates must reside in or be willing to relocate to Massachusetts to qualify.


Reporting to the Vice President, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing, the Rights and Contracts Associate/Senior Associate is responsible for licensing translation, book club, audio, electronic, and iconographic rights, as well as negotiating all creator contracts for Charlesbridge titles. Some domestic and international travel may be required.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Pitches, negotiates, and prepares contracts for licensing deals for all domestic and some foreign rights, as well as permission requests
  • Tracks licensed rights and renewals of expiring licenses
  • Prepares materials for (and potentially attends) Frankfurt and Bologna international book fairs
  • Drafts, negotiates and finalizes all publishing contracts with creators and their agents
  • Updates and maintains Charlesbridge’s standard contract terms, best practices, and boilerplates
  • Organizes and leads weekly contracts meeting
  • Supervises Rights and Contracts Assistant


  • Bachelor of Arts or equivalent.
  • Previous paralegal, agency, or contract experience. Candidates with previous publishing experience particularly encouraged to apply.
  • A working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite required.
  • Works collaboratively with others in a team environment; takes ownership of, and pride in, building and maintaining relationships.
  • Detail-oriented professional who works well under deadline pressure; able to multi-task and change work focus as necessary to meet deadlines.

How to Apply

Applicants should send a resumé and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to For more information visit

When and where?

We are looking to fill an 8-week fall internship from August 12, 2024 to October 4, 2024. We are asking for a commitment of fifteen hours a week during the 8-week period. There is a preference for candidates who could work in-person at our office in Watertown, MA. The internship is paid at $16.50/hour. Student applicants must be in their junior year or later.

We, like many other publishers, recognize the need to publish more books by authors and illustrators from underrepresented groups. We also believe it is essential to hire employees who reflect the diverse fabric of society. We highly encourage people of African/African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latin American, Middle Eastern, or Native American/Indigenous descent, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities to apply.

What is the work like?

We have a variety of editorial and administrative tasks we always need help with, all of which offer great learning opportunities for interns.

Examples of some tasks you will be asked to assist with:

  • Writing copy
  • Assisting with market research
  • Fact checking manuscripts and illustrations
  • Reading submissions and making recommendations
  • Writing book reports
  • Drafting letters to agents
  • Note-taking at meetings
  • Assistance setting up book launch materials
  • Opportunities to assist on developmental edits
  • And many more!

Eligibility requirements:

  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • Ability to work independently toward a goal or project completion
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Initiative and desire to work in collaborative environments
  • Time management skills
  • Creativity and problem solving
  • Ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds

Familiarity with the following programs is good to have, but not required, as we will teach you what you need to know:

    • Microsoft Word (Using Track Changes and Comments feature)
    • Excel sheet (Creating basic formulas, formatting cells, and adding Comments)
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader (Adding comments and knowledge of editing tools)
    • Microsoft Outlook (Creating calendar invites, flagging, etc.)

Who will you work with?

You will be working as a member of our editorial services team and will report to the editorial assistant. The editorial services team provides support to the editorial department as a whole, so you will get a chance to meet and learn from different editors, as well as learn about the design and production process of a book.

How to Apply

Email with a cover letter and your resume. Relevant experience could be any writing, editorial, art, or design experience you have had on-the-job or in school. Let us know why you are interested in a career in publishing.