Internship Grant FAQ

Q: How do I know if I’m eligible?

A: You can check the eligibility guidelines on the WNDB Internship Grants website, or you can contact us at internships@diversebooks.org with questions.

Q: How do you define “diverse background”?

A: We define “diverse background” according to our mission statement:
We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA+, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

Q: How is eligibility vetted and approved?

A: You’ll need to provide a copy of the offer letter you received from your publisher. We’ll contact publishers directly to verify your acceptance of the offer. With regard to diversity, we trust our applicants to provide information that is honest and accurate. We fully respect any and all laws relating to privacy, and therefore do not request access to any confidential demographic information collected by other institutions (such as publisher HR departments).

Q: How do I apply?

A: Application guidelines are available on the WNDB Internship Grants website.

Q: Do I need to accept an internship offer before applying for a grant, or just have applied for an internship?

A: You don’t need an internship offer in hand to apply for the grant. In fact, we strongly suggest that you submit your application to the WNDB Internship Grant while you are applying for internship positions with a participating publisher or qualifying literary agent. You may also apply after you have received an offer, but you’ll want to apply quickly as we make decisions on a rolling basis, and all grants might be awarded before the May 31st deadline.

Q: Will letters of recommendation improve my chances of receiving a grant?

A: No. Please do not include any supplemental materials that aren’t explicitly listed in the application guidelines.

Q: How will I be allowed to use this grant? Are there limitations?

A: There are no limitations, but we encourage you to use the grant funding for travel and living expenses directly related to your internship.

Q: Do I need to track and submit expenses?

A: No, but we will ask you to write a letter describing your use of the grant funds at the conclusion of your internship.

Q: How will I receive the money?

A: The grant money will be sent in two installments of $1,250, one installment after you’ve formally accepted the internship and we’ve confirmed your acceptance with the publisher or agency, and the second installment at the halfway point of your internship.

Q: I have a paid internship but my publisher isn’t listed as a participant – can I still apply for a WNDB Internship Grant?

A: No. However, if the publisher submits a request to WNDB by March 31st, they can still be a partner, subject to review by the WNDB Internship Grant Committee. You can then apply. We’re collaborating very closely with our partner publishers, and our priority is ensuring those partnerships receive the degree of attention and energy they deserve.

Q:I have been offered a paid internship with a literary agency who is not listed as a partner. Can I still apply for a grant?

A: No. However, if the agency submits a request to WNDB by March 31st, they can still be a partner, subject to review by the WNDB Internship Grant Committee. You can then apply. For a literary agency internship to be eligible, interns must spend at least 50% of their time working on children’s books. Agencies who charge up-front fees to their clients are not eligible. We reserve the right to review all internship offers from agencies and determine eligibility.

Q:What happens if I leave the internship early for some reason?

A: The second $1,250 installment of grant money will only be sent if the grant recipient still holds the position at the midpoint of the internship.

Q:How soon will I know if I’m receiving a grant?

A: We evaluate applications on a rolling basis, with a deadline of May 31.

Q:Do I have to pay taxes on the grant money?

A: We can’t advise you on the taxability of your grant, so we encourage you to consult a qualified tax preparation professional.

Q:What if I get a grant but need to defer my internship for a year?

A: You’ll need to forgo the grant and reapply for WNDB Internship Grant next year.

2016 Press Release