The Internship Program at Penn Press is meant for undergraduate students and others seeking to explore the field of academic publishing. Running ten weeks (in 2015: June 1 – August 7), our summer program encompasses the entire publishing process, from manuscript proposal to bound book.
The internship is structured but not inflexible, and all Press departments are represented in the program: Acquisitions, Editing & Production (which includes design), Marketing, and Business & Administration. Each intern will be assigned to one or two departments depending on availability and the intern's preference. Interns assigned to one Press department will spend the entire length of the program in that department, while those assigned to two will spend five weeks in each.
Interns will be expected to complete daily tasks as well as more in-depth projects under the guidance of Press staff members. Work experience will range from reading manuscripts to researching the prospective market for a book. Interns are invited to attend staff meetings, local conferences, and exhibits.
During the program, interns will also participate in seminars designed to offer a glimpse into the various aspects of publishing and address ways to attain an entry-level position in academic or trade publishing.
Selection Process and Schedule
The internship is unpaid, and interns typically work 8–10 hours a week at the Press. Students of all academic backgrounds are invited to apply. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to the following address:
University of Pennsylvania Press
3905 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4112
Cover letters should indicate why you want an academic publishing internship and what you expect to gain from our program. The cover letter will give us a sense of who our applicants are and how well they write, and are particularly important for those who have no prior publishing experience.