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Monday, April 24, 2017

Publishing Internships with University of Wisconsin Press

THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN PRESS, Books Division

Publishing and Marketing Internships for undergrads and recent grads:
· Volunteer internships for 8-10 hrs per week
· Hours worked must fall between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
· We can design your schedule to fit around your paid summer job
· Press offices are located at 1930 Monroe St. in Madison
· Open to undergraduates and recent grads in any major; we publish in many subjects and draw on many areas of knowledge.
· Friendly mentors and real hands-on work
· Visit the UW Press website at https://uwpress.wisc.edu to see more about what we do
· For best consideration, apply by May 1 but applications will be considered as long as positions remain open

Note: If you want to earn credit for an internship, see an appropriate faculty member in your department and ask them if they can sponsor you for course credit. The credit is given by your college, not by UW Press, but we will help you meet the requirements for credit if possible.

Position descriptions and application instructions are behind the cut!


Book Awards Intern, University of Wisconsin Press (Summer and ideally through next school year)
Volunteer position. 10 hrs/wk. We seek a bright, energetic, and diligent student with excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and deadlines, and the ability to write clear, straightforward correspondence. Training will be provided for 1) submitting UWP books to award competitions 2) maintaining and updating a book awards database 3) corresponding with authors and award organizations about award submissions 4) keeping records of winners and honorees and 5) helping create plans for future submissions. If you love organizing information and the satisfaction of working briskly through a checklist, this is the job for you.

Events Intern (Summer and ideally through next school year)
Volunteer position. 10 hrs/wk, for the semester or school year. We seek a bright, energetic, and diligent student with excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and deadlines, and the ability to write clear, straightforward correspondence. Training will be provided for 1) corresponding with authors and with bookstores, libraries, and other venues to set up events 2) ensuring clear communication about details and logistics of events 3) creating Facebook events pages and other publicity 4) recording events and venue information in our database and 5) related duties as assigned. This is a good position for those who’d like to work in future in events production, arts administration, political campaigns, publishing, or at a nonprofit organization or public library.

Reviews intern, University of Wisconsin Press (Summer, option to continue for the school year)
Volunteer position. 8 hrs/wk. We seek a bright, energetic, and diligent student with quick and accurate typing skills, good judgement, and attention to detail. Training will be provided to 1) process and record incoming book review and media coverage in both a database and a paper archive 2) search for review coverage both on the open internet and on proprietary sites and 3) notify authors and editors of media coverage. This is a good starting position if you can type well and are good at research, but you haven’t done office work before.

Book Marketing Intern (Summer, option to continue for the school year)
Volunteer position. 8 hrs/wk. We seek a bright and diligent student interested in learning about many systems and activities in book publishing and marketing. Quick, accurate typing skills and attention to detail are important for this internship. This intern will assist with a variety of data entry, research, and prep work related to publishing databases, websites, trade shows, sales, and other activities. This is a good starting position if your typing skills are strong but you haven’t done much office work, and you’d like to learn about many core activities in book publishing and marketing.

Web and Design Intern (Summer, option to continue for the school year)
Volunteer position. 8 hrs/wk. We seek a talented student with a flair for design and with experience using InDesign, Photoshop, and ideally, web-authoring softwares. This intern will assist with 1) a variety of marketing design projects, including advertisements, posters and postcards, signs, and flyers, and 2) a variety of website projects, depending on the applicant’s skills. This is a good position for a student who has had course work and hands-on experience with design and web softwares, but seeks the opportunity to build a portfolio, work with a team of professional colleagues, and have access to mentoring from experienced marketing professionals. There is also the opportunity to learn about how books, journals, and book jackets are designed, though the intern will not be assigned that work.

Apply to: Sheila Leary, Communications Director, smleary@wisc.edu. For best consideration, apply by May 1 (but applications might be considered after that date as well if openings are still available).

To apply, prepare a cover letter and a resume and send them by email as PDF attachments. Be sure the PDF file name includes your last name (e.g., JacobsonResume.pdf). In the letter and resume, tell us where you are in your education, the kinds of course work you've taken, your work experience and any volunteer experience, computer software you've learned, any knowledge of foreign languages or other special skills, your hobbies and interests, and your career aspirations (if you have identified any yet). All this helps us in placing you in an appropriate position at the Press. We try to place as many applicants as we can.

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