PAID INTERNSHIP - Glad Day Bookshop


$12 per hour, 30 hours per week
6 Month Contract

Established in 1970, Glad Day Bookshop is the oldest LGBTQ bookstore in the world. We have the opportunity to hire a youth (18-29) for a six month paid internship, funded by a government agency.
Glad Day Bookshop is an equal opportunity employer.  We strongly encourage you to identify in your cover letter if you consider yourself to be part of a racialized or marginalized group.

The funding agency for this position has strict eligibility requirements. A successful candidate must be:
- 18-29 years old
- Unemployed or under-employed (less than 15 hours per week)
- Not attending any full-time Education or Training Programs
- An Ontario resident and eligible to work in Canada

This paid internship is focused on supporting the work of the Glad Day Bookshop Board of Directors and Store Manager. The roles and responsibilities will be tailored to match the strengths and skills of individual candidates. The core of the internship will focus on sales, administration and digital expansion. In this position you will gain experience and skills in: LGBTQ community building; customer & public relations; small business administration & database maintenance; digital sales & online store management; and marketing & promotion strategies.

Your responsibilities may include, but will not be limited to:

- Providing excellent advice on LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction writing to customers
- Securing new sales to institutions and organizations across Ontario
- Gathering and analysing data on the experience and expectations of customers
- Attending events to increase sales and build a diverse support network

- Organizing, categorizing and appraising book stock
- Regular data-entry tasks (training provided)
- Filing, tracking and organizing records
- Light cleaning

Digital Expansion
- Seeking, securing and adding new digital-format LGBTQ works for sale in our online store, including eBooks, zine PDFs and audio files from around the world
- Updating and improving the sales platform of our online store (training provided)
- Supporting initiatives to create or curate original LGBTQ content on our digital platforms
- Marketing and promoting across a variety of social media platforms

The successful candidate must:
- Have read over 20 books of any genre by LGBTQ writers
- Have a nuanced and sophisticated understanding of gender, sexuality, race and ability
- Be comfortable working in a sex-positive environment
- Possess a love of reading and an active curiosity

An ideal candidate will also have some of the following qualifications:
- A degree in English, Gender Studies, Women’s Studies or Sexual Diversity Studies
- Experience in event planning and promotion
- Experience with using a variety of social media platforms to market campaigns
- Comfort with photo and video editing software
- Experience in telephone sales or fundraising
- A valid driver’s license
- The skills to adapt in a variety of interpersonal, professional and public situations
- The ability to speak languages other than English
- Excellent time management skills to balance dull, routine work with open-ended creative projects

The start date has some flexibility and will be determined in consultation with the funding agency. We would like the successful candidate to start in the 2nd week of March. If you need to start later than March 18th, please make that clear and bolded in your cover letter.

To apply for this position, submit your resume and cover letter to:
In your cover letter, please include a list of 3 LGBTQ books that are meaningful to you and explain why.

Applications are due on March 4th by 7pm.
Successful applicants will be contacted with a request to complete an additional application form.