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Penn State University Press seeks a student interested in a publishing career in marketing.

The one year internship provides an introduction to book marketing through hands-on experience under the direction of our professional staff.

1. Excellent communication skills and good organizational abilities are required.
2. Experience with software programs such as Excel, Word, InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat, and Dreamweaver, in the Apple OS X environment, is preferred.
3. Available to work 15-20 hours per week. This is a paid internship.
4. Penn State University Park undergraduates preferred.

Send cover letter and resume to:
Marketing Internship in Book Publishing
Attn: Tony Sanfilippo
Penn State University Press
USB1, Suite C
University Park, PA 16802

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its work force.



The Penn State University Press seeks a bright, energetic intern to assist our acquisitions department. The candidate will provide support for two editorial assistants and three editors as they guide manuscripts through the acquisitions process, including in-house review, revision, peer review, and final acceptance or rejection. Responsibilities may include vetting proposals, processing manuscripts, updating databases, helping to prepare image binders, attending meetings and preparing minutes for those meetings, as well as basic filing, photocopying, and data input. This is a demanding but exciting job at a scholarly press with a wide range of publications in history, art history, communication studies, animal studies, philosophy, political theory, religious studies, Latin American history and culture, and regional topics.

The successful candidate will be efficient, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize work and function independently. Candidates should also have a strong interest in publishing as a career, but do not need to be English majors. Excellent oral and written communication skills and good organizational abilities are essential. Interns must possess the ability to interact effectively with individuals from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. This internship is excellent training for any career path in publishing. Penn State University Press interns have gone on to work with such publishers as Elsevier, McGraw-Hill, Houghton-Mifflin, Avon Books, MIT Press, NYU Press, Oxford University Press, Princeton University Press, O'Reilly & Associates, University of California Press, Thames & Hudson, and other institutions such as libraries, museums, and communications companies.

The Penn State Press Acquisitions internship operates on a semester-by-semester basis. Please note that we will not be offering an internship in the summer of 2014, but we are currently hiring for the Fall 2014 semester. All internship candidates must be available to commit to the full term of the Internship. This is a paid position. We ask that interns commit to working 10-15 hours per week within the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and a list of references to Charlee Redman at cmr5291 by April 10, 2014. The internship may also be available for credit. If you wish to do this internship for credit, please contact your adviser first regarding credit requirements.


The Penn State Press Production Internship is a year-long study of the processes of book publishing, with a special emphasis on copyediting and proofreading. The Press will accept one intern each fall, in general, to work under the supervision of the managing editor. Students interested in the position should read the prerequisites and responsibilities below and arrange for an interview through Liz Jenkins in the English Department (863-9593; ).

1. Seventh semester undergraduate student (publishing emphasis in the English Department a plus)
2. Must have taken ENGL 417 (on-screen editing a plus) and have received an A- or higher grade
3. Must pass Penn State Press's copyediting and proofreading tests
4. Must be available for 150 hours (10 hours a week) of work in a semester (3 credits for ENGL 495) for two successive semesters
5. Knowledge of Filemaker Pro, Excel, and Microsoft Word a plus

1. File, maintain databases, and perform other office tasks
2. Proofread and/or copyedit catalogue copy, jacket and spine copy, notes and bibliographies for manuscripts (with assistance from others in the Production Department), proof pages, or other materials as needed
3. Check permission letters for art images to be sure that they are complete and that image captions are correct
4. Research and fact-check in the University Libraries and online


Had you heard of Penn State Press before visiting this internship description? Possibly not, and that is why we’re seeking an energetic and creative intern to join our publicity team.

The ideal candidate will possess a flair for writing, with style points for witty, pithy, punchy prose. Familiarity with social media is recommended, as is a voracious and omnivorous appetite for media. Initiative, attention to detail, proofreading skills, and word processing experience are essential; office experience is helpful but not required. Fluency with the Adobe suite wouldn’t hurt. The ability and willingness to whip up a graphic in Photoshop now and then would be greatly appreciated. Applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with Penn State Press and the subjects in which it publishes. Applicants are also encouraged to reread the previous sentence.

This is a paid internship. We ask that interns commit to working 10-20 hours per week (or possibly more) within the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of references to Danny Bellet by September 13, 2013.

For a detailed look at the history and mission of the press, click here to download a PDF of our 50th anniversary booklet.