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Publishing Internships – Summer 2022 (Princeton, NJ)

EOE/AA/M/F/D/V Princeton University Press is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Publishing Internships – Summer 2022 (Princeton, NJ)

Princeton University Press (PUP) is pleased to offer publishing internships in several department areas, including editorial, financial operations, production, and sales.

PUP is a strong advocate for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the university press community. Individuals who are members of groups underrepresented in academic publishing (which is, according to research by Lee & Low, historically a majority white, straight, cisgender, and nondisabled industry) are encouraged to apply.

In this program, students observe firsthand the inner workings of a major university press and learn about all aspects of the publishing industry. Interns will be paid $13.00 per hour. Due to the ongoing pandemic, PUP’s NJ office may remain closed for the summer so remote internships are being planned with the hope that we may be able to have interns in the office once public health conditions permits. Due to payroll tax set-up, we will only be able to consider applicants who reside in NJ or PA.

Scheduled work hours (total 15 to 20 hours per week) and the specific start and end date for PUP internships are flexible, depending on each intern’s respective academic schedule.

The perks of being a PUP intern!

• Administrative experience that will introduce interns to the Press and to publishing in a concrete way.

• Opportunities to learn from a variety of departments and meet with staff throughout the Press.

• Writing and professional development workshops to support the acquisition of skills useful to pursuing future careers in publishing, scholarly communications, academia, or other writing-related fields.

• Opportunity to attend meetings to gain insight into editorial, marketing, design, and sales-related decision-making processes.

• Supervisors who act as mentors, providing support and advice, and who work to further the intern’s appreciation and understanding of academic publishing.

• Celebratory lunch at the end of the program with Press colleagues and a member of PUP’s senior management, as public health conditions permit.

Position Requirements

• Must be attending a two or four-year college or university or a recent college graduate.

• Must be at least 18 years old.

• Must possess basic familiarity and proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and be comfortable with internet research.

• Must possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

• Must be detail-oriented, organized, and attentive to established procedures.

EOE/AA/M/F/D/V Princeton University Press is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

• Must be able to multitask and prioritize tasks.

• Must be able to work well both independently and with others and have ability to synthesize feedback.

• Enthusiasm for collaboration, and commitment to professional codes of conduct which the Press’s may be accessed at

To Apply:

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 9th at 11:59PM EST.

For the Summer 2022 session, we are currently accepting applications for internships in the following departments: Editorial, Finance Operations, Production, and Sales.

Applications will only be accepted in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF formatting. Please submit to our recruiting website (URL listed below) a cover letter and resume and indicate which department(s) you are applying for an internship in the cover letter. We recommend that you look on the Princeton University Press website to find one of our books that feels meaningful to you. Mention the book in your cover letter and explain why you chose it.


Department Internship Descriptions for Summer 2022

Editorial Internship

Editorial interns support editorial assistants, editorial associates, and assistant editors in performing office and administrative tasks involved in the signing, developing, and publishing of distinctive and outstanding books. Primary responsibilities include processing advance and fee payments; drafting and mailing form letters; ordering complimentary copies to send to readers and authors; drafting and compiling materials for dossiers for Editorial Board approval; and mailing manuscripts, page proofs, and books to authors, readers, and endorsers. Interns may also have opportunities to take on other tasks, such as reading and evaluating proposals under consideration for publication, filling out permissions logs and conducting permissions research, researching and contacting potential peer reviewers, or other special projects. The editorial intern reports to a designated editorial associate on a day-to-day basis, and to the editorial manager for overall supervision.

Finance Operations Internship

The Finance-Operations department works at the intersection of finance, business, and technology to support key initiatives, including Business Intelligence reporting and analysis, large-scale systems migration projects, and financial planning. This position is an opportunity to

see how finance supports the organization at large with a focus on how good data and a clearly stated business case, can lead to better decision making. Primary responsibilities will include:

EOE/AA/M/F/D/V Princeton University Press is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

researching and assisting with requirements gathering for upcoming projects; updating processes for collecting data attributes; and participating in system data reconciliation efforts. The intern may also have opportunities to take on other special projects. The intern will report to the Sr. Business Systems Analyst and provide support to the entire Finance-Ops department.

Production Internship

The production editorial department manages manuscripts through copyediting, design, page proof, release of files for printing, and approval of printer proofs. The production department manages estimate requests, material orders, purchase orders, and shipment instructions for suppliers, as well as routing content proofs for internal review prior to printing and is responsible for data integrity and schedule updates within the company’s title management system. Responsibilities of the production intern include logging art for new manuscripts, prepping manuscripts for copyediting, completing design checks of templated books, copyediting and proofreading indexes, quality reviews of ebooks, applying for Cataloging-in-Publication data, and checking cover and jacket proofs as appropriate. In support of manufacturing-stage processes, the production intern will assist with supplier communication, routing of proofs for review, reporting, and schedule maintenance for domestic and offshore suppliers. Production processes cross departmental lines, so the intern has the opportunity to interact with members of the broader Press community, including colleagues in design, acquisitions, and sales and marketing. The production intern reports to a designated managing editor for overall supervision, in coordination with a designated production manager.

Special Sales & Grassroots Marketing Internship

Sales intern works closely with members of the sales department to support our work in cultivating and maintaining customers across a range of audiences for Princeton books, learning about how we bring books to market and how we influence customer book-buying decisions. The position is an opportunity to participate in tasks which ensure that our books are available to people in specialty stores; via online stores/vendors; through a range of professional organizations, etc. Day-to-day work will involve research and writing marketing and sales copy for outreach to existing and potential customers, creating marketing materials using email and marketing design programs via SalesForce and HubSpot.

Due to application volume, only finalists will be contacted. For more information on Princeton University Press, visit