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Publishing Internships – Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 (Princeton, NJ)

Princeton University Press (PUP) is pleased to offer publishing internships starting in Fall 2022 through Spring 2023 in several department areas, including, Digital Marketing, Editorial, Finance Operations, Paperbacks, Production Editorial, Special Sales & Grassroots Marketing, and Textbook Sales & Reference Marketing.
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 $14.00 per hour. Due to the ongoing pandemic, remote internships are being planned with the hope that we may be able to have interns in the office once public health conditions permits, and at the discretion of each employee’s comfort level to work a hybrid schedule. 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!
·        Office and 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.
·        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, located at
·        NJ or PA resident/address. While the Princeton, NJ office is currently closed due to the pandemic, once the office reopens, interested candidates may be able to work from the Press’s NJ office for networking and professional development. Flexibility with in-office days will be permitted.
To Apply:
The deadline for applications is Sunday, July 10th at 11:59PM EST.
We thank all applicants; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
For the Fall 2022 through Spring 2023 intern cohort session, we are currently accepting applications for internships in the following departments: Digital Marketing, Editorial, Finance Operations, Paperbacks, Production Editorial, Special Sales & Grassroots Marketing, and Textbook Sales & Reference Marketing.
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 Fall 2022 through Spring 2023
Digital Marketing
The digital marketing team is responsible for the creation and execution of a robust and targeted global marketing strategy.  We continually measure our progress with a close focus on reader analytics and their online journeys, campaign performance metrics and retargeting strategies. The position is an opportunity to become familiar with the world of content marketing, digital analytics and strategic marketing, and the latest marketing platforms, which are highly transferable skills in any industry.  Responsibilities include updating marketing plans with relevant campaign links, assisting in the organic growth of our social media channels, , providing administrative support to our new PUP Speaks program, and more. The intern reports to the designated manager on a day-to-day basis, depending on the day’s or week’s project. 
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: 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.
Paperbacks Internship
The Press’s paperbacks program brings out the treasures of the backlist in an up-to-date and affordable format. The Paperbacks Internship provides an opportunity to become familiar with, and to participate in, the tasks which go into selecting, producing, marketing, and publicizing paperback books for a major university press. The Paperbacks Intern reports to Paperbacks Manager on a day-to-day basis, and to the Head of Paperbacks Publishing for overall supervision and coordination. Specific responsibilities include evaluating author manuscripts and requested corrections; readying files for transmittal to production, for copyediting, and for typesetting; proofreading typeset interior pages and book covers; tracking and recording the book’s progress using our in-house database; researching the status of already-published book files; conducting market research; preparing materials for the seasonal presentations of the list.
Production Editorial Internship
The production editorial department manages manuscripts through copyediting, design, page proof, release of files for printing, and approval of printer proofs. Responsibilities of the production editorial 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. Production editorial 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 editorial intern reports to the managing editor for overall supervision.
Special Sales & Grassroots Marketing (SSGRM) 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.
Textbook Sales & Reference Marketing Internship
The Textbook Sales & Reference Marketing internship will be focused on helping carry out marketing and sales activities associated with the promotion of textbooks and reference materials. This intern will work with two distinct sub-depts of Sales & Marketing and will play a key role in communicating with faculty who consider adopting PUP textbooks as well as conducting research/outreach to promote PUP’s common reading program. Under Textbook Sales, the intern will run surveys, collect feedback, and enter feedback into a Marketing Management System; report on and share these survey results with key members of the Press; and support processing book requests, assist with faculty list research and complete all other duties as assigned or requested for the general support of the department. Under Reference Marketing, day-to-day work will include 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, and monitoring follow-ups and book requests for previous and current common-reading campaigns. The Intern will have the opportunity to attend all related meetings and participate in Press-wide activities, including Internship events. Textbook Sales & Reference Marketing intern will report to the Chief of Higher Education Sales and Marketing, and the Senior Reference Marketing Manager.