Friday, February 08, 2013

Now Hiring: Internship Opportunities Available

Internship opportunities available at the University of Georgia Press

The University of Georgia Press, the oldest and largest publisher of scholarly and general-interest books within the state, offers a number of unpaid internships for the summer and fall 2013 semester. The Press, which has a staff of 28 publishing professionals, produces 70-90 new books a year and is located in the Main Library at the University of Georgia.

These positions allow students who are interested in a career in book publishing to learn about scholarly and trade book publishing and to gain valuable on-the-job experience.


The acquisitions department at the University of Georgia Press seeks interns. Interns work 8-10 hours per week. Interns will have the opportunity to learn the basics of scholarly book publishing as they provide ongoing support for proposed book projects moving through the review process. Interns are also encouraged to attend in-house meetings with staff. Candidates must be capable of writing clear, professional correspondence and of juggling and prioritizing multiple assignments.

Tasks will vary, but may include such things as the following:
--drafting and sending letters to prospective authors, reviewers, and blurbers
--preparing and shipping manuscripts to reviewers
--maintaining project information in the Press database
--helping with image and permissions inventories
--preparing manuscripts and accompanying materials for transmittal to editorial
--drafting and sending decline letters
--completing small research assignments

To apply, send résumé and cover letter by March 15 to Sydney DuPre


The manuscript editorial department at the University of Georgia Press seeks interns for approximately 10 hours per week.

The interns in manuscript editorial will learn the basics about the editorial process as texts accepted for publication move from manuscript to bound book. How do project editors coordinate the work of freelance copy editors and authors to provide a final manuscript to production? What is The Chicago Manual of Style and how do editors use it? What are design elements? How do editors track art, permissions, and other materials on a given project?

Tasks will vary, but the interns will aid the department with such things as the following:
--editing indexes
--preparing art inventories
--preparing disks for copyediting
--coding manuscripts for design
--proofreading texts

The candidate must be a full-time student at UGA and should have a minimum 3.00 GPA; a working knowledge of Microsoft Word; a thorough understanding of grammar, spelling, and punctuation; an ability to attend to detail; and an interest in publishing. A proofreading test will be required.

If interested, send résumé and cover letter by March 15 to John Joerschke.


The marketing department at the University of Georgia Press seeks interns. Interns work 10-15 hours per week. There are opportunities for interns to work in publicity and web marketing. Experience from these internships can translate well to marketing jobs in other art and entertainment industries. Students may be eligible for credit if they apply early enough and go through the right channels. Amanda E. Sharp (see contact below) can provide details.

Internship details are as follows:

Publicity Intern:
--Will work with the publicity manager to help capture print and online reviews and excerpt key quotes for our database and online sales outlets.
--Will also research niche publicity outlets and carry out specialized publicity mailings for new books, as time and interest allow.

Publishing Data Intern:
--Will help distribute book metadata among the Press’s many trading partners. Metadata includes such elements as a book's title, author, and price. More complex metadata can range from a book’s table of contents to its subject areas. Our trading partners include booksellers (retail and wholesale), libraries, and data collection centers.
--Ideal candidates will be highly organized, detail oriented, and have an interest in databases, cataloging, and online information exchange standards.
--An interest in either a library or publishing career is a plus.

Direct Mail Intern:
--Will work with the direct mail manager on direct mail efforts, primarily targeting course adoptions for scholarly books.
--Work includes building mailing lists, researching niche markets, helping create mailing pieces, and assisting with mailings.
--May help occasionally in writing copy for various campaigns.
--No design skills necessary. Working knowledge of Excel and Emma a plus.

To apply, send résumé and cover letter by March 15 to Amanda E. Sharp.


The design and production department seeks two or three interns. Interns work six to ten hours weekly. Interns will provide support for all aspects of the production process--as copyedited and coded/styled manuscripts evolve into books in many different formats and as previously published titles are processed for reprinting. Interns will also provide some general clerical support for a staff of four publishing professionals. Candidates must have knowledge of or the ability to quickly learn the following programs within a Mac-based platform and workflow: Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Excel, Filemaker Pro, and Word. The ability to attend to detail is essential.

Interns will have the opportunity to learn:
--illustration program management, from analysis of reproducibility to prepress preparation
--quality-control measures for different stages of proofs and samples
--how to produce cover mechanicals for reprints
--how to make text corrections for reprints
--strategies for researching and requesting reprint permissions
--how to enter and track essential information in Press-wide database

To apply, please send résumé and cover letter by March 15 to Melissa Buchanan.