OWING TO UNIVERSITY POLICY, THIS SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM IS NO LONGER OFFERED.
The Internship Program at Penn Press is intended for undergraduate students and recent graduates seeking to explore the field of academic publishing. Running ten weeks (in 2016: June 6 to August 12), our summer program offers the opportunity to gain real-world experience in a professional setting and covers the entire publishing process, from manuscript proposal to bound book.
The internship is structured but not inflexible, and all Press departments participate: Acquisitions, Editing & Production, Marketing, Journals, Business & Administration. Each intern will be assigned a home in one or two departments, depending on availability and the intern's preference. Interns assigned to one Press department will immerse themselves in the activities of that department, while interns assigned to two departments will spend five weeks in each.
Interns will be given the opportunity to collaborate with Press staff on a variety of tasks, large and small, and can expect to gain experience ranging from reading manuscripts to researching the prospective market for a book. Interns are invited to attend staff meetings, local conferences, and exhibits.
Interns will also be asked to attend program seminars designed to provide a comprehensive overview of publishing practices and address ways to attain an entry-level position in academic or trade publishing.
Selection Process and Schedule
The internship is unpaid, and interns are typically expected to spend 8-10 hours a week at the Press. Students of all academic backgrounds are invited to apply. Applicants should email a resume and cover letter to Hannah Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cover letters should indicate why you are interested in an academic publishing internship, what background and interests you bring to the program, and what experience and skills you hope to get out of it. The cover letter will give us a sense of who our applicants are and how well they write.