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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 promotes the advance of scholarship worldwide by publishing academic books and journals in core fields of the humanities and social sciences. The Press’s production internship is a paid internship and offers a semester-long immersion in book publishing, with a special emphasis on copyediting and proofreading. The intern works under the supervision of the managing editor and in-house manuscript editors. The estimated workload is 10 hours per week. Responsibilities will include filing, maintaining databases, and performing other office tasks; proofreading and/or copyediting 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; checking permission letters for text and images to be sure that credit lines and captions are complete and accurate; and performing online research and fact-checking. To qualify for the internship, the applicant must be a sixth- or seventh-semester undergraduate student (professional and media writing concentration in the English Department a plus), must have taken ENGL 417 and received an A- or higher grade; must pass Penn State Press’s copyediting and proofreading tests; and must be comfortable working with Microsoft Word. Knowledge of foreign language(s) a plus.

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