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Past ABR Internships

Comments from previous Editorial Cadets/Interns 

Dilan Gunawardana

'I am extremely grateful to have been offered an editorial internship, and to eventually work in a more senior capacity, at Australian Book Review. I feel a tremendous sense of pride to have worked for a prestigious literary and arts journal that upholds exemplary editorial standards while fostering emerging talent. I am excited by the potential of ABR to grow further and continue to be the gold standard of Australian arts and literary journalism.'

Dilan Gunawardana
ABR Deputy Editor (Digital) 2017-2018
Editorial Intern 2016–17

Luke Horton smaller'ABR’s editorial internship is something very rare and valuable: an opportunity for a recent graduate to take the skills they have been taught and develop them in the rigorous editorial environment of a high calibre literary and arts magazine. By requiring you to be active across all aspects of the production of the magazine, from commissioning reviews, to copyediting and proofreading, to introducing new features to the magazine, through to digitising the issue each month for ABR Online, it prepares you for the widest range of possible roles in the publishing industry.'

Luke Horton
ABR Editorial Intern 2015–16

Sam Zifchak 2‘What I valued most about the internship was the diversity and range of the position. I was able to explore and work in all aspects of the magazine’s production, from formatting, editing, advertising, designing, paging, and researching, to digitising the entire magazine online. I feel that the skills and knowledge that I acquired throughout the internship will place me in good stead to tackle any new position in the publication sphere with confidence, knowledge, and editorial acumen.’

Sam Zifchak
ABR Editorial Intern 2014

Sara Savage

My time spent at ABR enabled me to engage with virtually every aspect of the magazine’s production in a way that is scarcely possible in other internships. The variety of the position is invaluable to any aspiring editor, as is the close contact you have in the role with the work of some of Australia’s finest writers. I certainly have ABR to thank for my subsequent employment as a magazine editor overseas.’

Sara Savage
ABR Patrons’ Editorial Intern, 2013

Milly Main‘Being on the staff of a magazine of the calibre of Australian Book Review, with its long history in Australian letters and fine editorial standards, is a singular experience, and it has no doubt been the defining event of my professional life thus far. I look forward to drawing on what I have learned at ABR in other areas of my career and my own writing.’

Milly Main
ABR Ian Potter Foundation Editorial Intern, 2012

Tim Brewer‘I am very proud of the contribution I was able to make at ABR, in particular through the development of ABR Online, which has already demonstrated its worth. I am also proud of the wide range of skills I have been able to develop, touching all aspects of the magazine’s development, editorial, and production.’

Tim Brewer
ABR Sidney Myer Fund Editorial Intern, 2011

Mark Gomes‘As the recipient of an internship at Australian Book Review in 2009, I know the benefits of such a program firsthand. My internship was an unqualified success, and resulted not only in an increase in my editing knowledge and skills, but also in full-time employment.’

Mark Gomes
ABR Australian Publishers Association Editorial Intern, 2009