Internships and Assistantships

The University of Georgia Press offers a number of unpaid internships. These positions allow students who are interested in a career in book publishing to learn about scholarly and trade book publishing and to gain valuable on-the-job experience.

Application deadlines for all internships: Apply by March 31 for a summer or fall internship, and by October 31 for a spring internship.

College credit may also be available for internships (consult your major department). Interns are eligible for Experiential Learning credit.

Acquisitions

  • Unpaid internships each semester and summer.
  • Interns work 8–10 hours per week providing ongoing support for proposed book projects; sending letters to prospective authors, readers, and blurbers; drafting and sending decline letters; preparing and shipping manuscripts to reviewers; maintaining project information in the Press database; performing online searches for small research assignments; and helping with image and permissions inventories.
  • Interns are encouraged to attend in-house meetings with staff and authors.
  • Candidates must be comfortable using Microsoft Word and capable of writing clear, professional correspondence.
  • To apply, send résumé and cover letter by March 31 for a summer or fall internship and by October 31 for a spring internship to Beth Snead.

Editorial

  • Two unpaid internships each semester and summer.
  • Interns work 10 hours per week, learning the basics of the editorial process as texts move from manuscript to bound book.
  • Processes covered include how project editors coordinate the work of freelance copyeditors and authors; use of The Chicago Manual of Style; use of design elements; how editors track art, permissions, and other materials; how to edit indexes; how to prepare art inventories; preparation of disks for copyediting; coding manuscripts for design; and proofreading texts.
  • Various tasks include: editing indexes; preparing art inventories; preparing disks for copyediting; coding manuscripts for design; proofreading texts; and filing.
  • Candidates must be full-time students at UGA and have a minimum GPA of 3.00; a working knowledge of Microsoft Word; a thorough understanding of grammar, spelling, and punctuation; an ability to attend to detail; and an interest in publishing.
  • A proofreading test is required.
  • To apply, send résumé and cover letter by March 31 for a summer or fall internship and by October 31 for a spring internship to Jon Davies.

Design, Production, and Restocking Program

  • Several unpaid internships are available year-round as part of a team providing support for all aspects of the design and production process as copy-edited and coded/styled manuscripts evolve into books in many different formats and as previously-published titles are processed for restocking.
  • Interns provide general clerical support for staff of 5 publishing professionals.
  • Interns work six to twelve hours per week in flexible shifts within Press office hours 8:00-5:00 M-F.
  • Interns will have opportunity to learn:
    • basics of book design
    • illustration program management, from analysis of reproducibility to prepress preparation
    • detailed typesetting conventions specific to bookmaking
      quality control measures for different stages of proofs and samples
      how to produce cover mechanicals for reprints
    • how to make text corrections for reprints
      strategies for researching and requesting reprint permissions
      how to enter and track essential information in Press-wide database
  • Candidates must have knowledge of or ability to quickly learn following programs within Mac-based platform and workflow including Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Excel, Filemaker Pro, and Word. The ability to attend to detail is essential.
  • To apply, send résumé and cover letter by March 31 for a summer or fall internship and by October 31 for a spring internship to Rebecca Norton.

Intellectual Property

  • Interns will learn about intellectual property rights and contract standards in the university press industry.
  • Interns work 8-10 hours per week providing support for subsidiary rights and permissions projects.
  • Interns will learn how to:
    • create permissions log databases
    • draft proposals for rights catalogs
    • research trends online in intellectual property
    • organize and update physical rights database
    • create user-friendly guides to rights and permissions
  • To apply, send résumé and cover letter by March 31 for a summer or fall internship and by October 31 for a spring internship to Jordan Stepp.

Marketing

  • Unpaid internships each semester and summer.
  • Interns work 10 to 15 hours per week.
  • There are opportunities for interns to work in a variety of areas depending on their interests, including advertising, sales, publicity, Web marketing, and marketing design.
  • Experience from these internships can translate well to marketing jobs in other arts and entertainment industries.
  • Students may be eligible for credit if they apply early enough and go through the right channels. Jason Bennett can provide details.
  • The range of internship opportunities may include:
    • Helping with daily posting to social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.
    • Helping create social media and email marketing campaigns around specific titles.
    • Contributing original posts to UGA Press’s blog.
    • Working with publicity team to develop podcasts and/or promotional videos related to our books.
    • Helping research niche markets and build mailing lists.
    • Working with the publicity manager to capture print and online reviews and excerpt key quotes for our database and online sales outlets.
    • Working with the publicity manager to research niche publicity outlets and carry out publicity mailings for new monographs.
    • Creating print-based and digital materials that rely on design templates (with modifications as needed). Print materials include flyers for single titles, flyers for book series, and press releases. Digital materials include email announcements and newsletters, and design updates to the Press website and various social media sites.
    • Designing selected exhibits materials, including signage, order forms, and flyers.
    • Processing and distributing book cover images and author images.
    • Proofing and editing book pages on the Press website.
    • Distributing book metadata among the Press’s many trading partners.
  • To apply send résumé and cover letter by March 31 for a summer or fall internship and by October 31 for a spring internship to Jason Bennett.

Assistantships

  • Please note that this assistantship is currently filled.
  • The Georgia Power-Grady College Assistantship at UGA Press introduces interested graduate students at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication to the world of book publishing through the Press’s marketing department.
  • The successful applicant will be an individual with excellent organizational and communication skills, who is detail oriented and has the ability to work independently. A good working knowledge of graphic design and social media is a plus.
  • A commitment of at least two semesters is required.
  • Student receives tuition waiver but still has to pay student fees. UGA Press will pay student by the hour.
  • Assistantship involves 13-20 hours of work per week.

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