Better World Books Internship - Summer 2016

A paid summer internship opportunity is available from Better World Books (BWB) to provide an interested undergraduate student member of Sigma Tau Delta with experience in a variety of areas in social enterprise and the online book industry. The Sigma Tau Delta/Better World Books Summer Internship will run six consecutive weeks beginning in May or June and end in June or July. The recipient will work 30 hours per week, earning $10 per hour, in Alpharetta, Georgia, in the Atlanta metro area.

If the internship is awarded to a Sigma Tau Delta member, Sigma Tau Delta will provide the recipient with an additional $1,500 stipend to assist with travel and housing expenses.

Individual colleges and universities may arrange for academic credit for the internship; however, that must be worked out between the student and her/his university.

Each applicant must be prepared to accept the internship and its conditions if it is awarded to him or her. Failure to do so may jeopardize the continuation of the Better World Books summer internship program for Sigma Tau Delta.

Job Summary

Better World Books will work with you according to qualifications and interests to either focus your energy on one large project or to build a diverse portfolio of projects that create cross departmental benefits. Better World Books' Alpharetta office is home to sales and marketing. Tell Better World Books about your career goals and they will look for worthwhile projects that serve both the organization's and your interests.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent research, data collection, and information organization abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-oriented environment
  • A passion for our mission and core values
  • Planning, project, and organization skills
  • Deadline and detail oriented
  • Analytical skills
  • Self-motivated and -managed
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to effectively multi-task in a high-activity, fast-paced environment
  • Ability to see a need and fill it or bring creative solutions to the table for discussion
  • An adroit wordsmith with superlative spelling and grammar
  • Must be computer literate (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, search); tech savvy is preferred
  • Must be able to maintain regular communication with supervisors and collaborators


The Sigma Tau Delta applicant must be an active undergraduate member of a chapter that runs a Better World Books textbook drive. The applicant is required to provide evidence of this involvement via a recommendation letter from the Chapter Sponsor or Chapter President.

How to Apply

Interested undergraduate student members of Sigma Tau Delta must submit via email a resume, contact information for two academic references, and a cover letter addressing the applicant's interest in social enterprise, book R and R (reuse and recycling), and literacy. Applicants are highly encouraged to submit media (photos, video, articles) and stories from their chapter's book drive. Attachments must be titled in order of last name, first name, and topic title (example: Smith.John.Resume.pdf) and submitted in PDF format.

Cover Letter and Resume

Send an email with subject line "Internship Application" to Mary Fajimi at  Attach your cover letter, resume, and additional media.

Recommendation Letter

The Chapter Sponsor or Chapter President is requested to place the recommendation letter in the body of the email or as a PDF attachment with the subject line "Internship Recommendation Letter" to Mary Fajimi at mfajimi@betterworldbooks.

Application materials must be received by January 29, 2016, for consideration.

Notification and Questions

The intern will be selected by April 1, 2016. Email all questions and submissions by January 29, 2016, to Mary Fajimi at with the subject line "Internship Application."

Past Recipients

Summer 2014
Kaitlynn HelmKaitlynn Helm (Chi Theta Chapter, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX)
"That's What She Read": My Summer Internship with Better World Books


Summer 2013
Joe GallagherJoseph P. Gallagher (Alpha Kappa Pi Chapter, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH)
Better World Books 2013 Internship
Joe’s Experience at Better World Books


Summer 2012
Erin HorningErin Horning (Alpha Iota Theta Chapter, Penn State Altoona, Altoona, PA)
Read about Erin's first three weeks at Better World Books.


Summer 2011
Rebecca Cressy (Alpha Kappa Pi Chapter, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH)
Read about Rebecca Cressy's experience as a Better World Books intern.

Summer 2010
Kerrin Epstein (Alpha Alpha Pi Chapter, Gettysburg College, PA)
Read an interview with Better World Books intern Kerrin Epstein.