Girls Write Now’s new partnership fast-tracks efforts to provide underserved young women with professional development and career opportunities.
Learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Girls Write Now is kicking off a pilot internship program at HMH’s New York office. This spring, HMH will host four GWN alumnae—three college students and one recent graduate—for an eight-week rotational internship. Each intern will spend four weeks working at HMH Books & Media—shadowing the editorial, marketing and publicity departments for the general interest and young readers divisions—and four weeks learning about the K-12 industry as part of the Supplemental and Intervention Solutions and marketing groups.
Inspired by a sense of urgency to infuse new talent into the education and publishing industries, this partnership will provide more opportunities to a diverse and talented community at all levels—from exposure in high school, to internships for college students and recent grads, to entry- and associate-level employee placements.
“We are thrilled to welcome these exceptional young women to our HMH family,” says Ellen Archer, President of HMH Books & Media. “During their time exploring our various workstreams, they will receive valuable exposure to the consumer publishing and K-12 education industries and gain the skills and experience they need to bring their unique perspectives to our industry long-term.”
“This partnership with HMH will give our bright, talented alumnae the opportunity to take the writing and professional skills they gained as GWN mentees to the real world,” says Maya Nussbaum, Founder and Executive Director at Girls Write Now. “By infusing new, diverse talent into the workplace, we can rise above the race and income-based inequalities of the school system and workforce and shape the future of women leaders in publishing and education.”
This internship program builds off a rich partnership—for the past several years, HMH employees have conducted writing and mentoring workshops with GWN students during the company’s annual Volunteer Week.