Publishing Internships

Program Description


Yale University Press offers highly competitive internship opportunities for those interested in publishing in a variety of areas: Acquisitions Editorial, Art Workshop, Intellectual Property/Administration, Marketing, Manuscript Editorial, New Business Development, Production/Design, Publicity and Sales.

This program is an opportunity for students with a serious interest in scholarly publishing to gain a worthwhile educational experience in scholarly publishing.  Interns will have the opportunity to observe and ask questions about the internal operations of the Press.  The value of this internship is to both gain experience in a professional publishing work environment and to show a potential employer your skills and abilities as they relate to publishing.

Each summer intern will receive the CT minimum wage rate per hour. The program is 30 hours per week.  Applicants must be able to commit to the 10 week program from June 5, 2017 to August 11, 2017 for consideration in the program.

Application Instructions


All applications are due by Monday, February 20, 2017.
Applications will not be accepted after this date.

Due to the high volume of applicants, students who are granted internships will be notified after 3/6/17. Please be patient when you are waiting to hear about your application status. If you have not received an offer by 3/24/17 you have not been granted an internship opportunity for this year’s program.

Internships are open to undergraduate, graduate students, and recent graduates within a year of graduation from an undergraduate or graduate program. Yale University Press does NOT sponsor work visas.

Applications will be accepted only in the form of Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF formatting. Each application must include a Cover Letter and Résumé.

When submitting an application, it must be sent via email to the appropriate department’s email address. Department email addresses are listed below:

Acquisitions Editorial yupacquisitionsinternship@yale.edu 
Art Workshop yupartworkshopinternship@yale.edu 
Intellectual Property/Administration yupintellectualpropinternship@yale.edu 
Manuscript Editorial yupmanuscriptinternship@yale.edu 
Marketing Department yupmarketinginternship@yale.edu 
New Business Development yupbizdevinternship@yale.edu 
Production/Design yuproductioninternship@yale.edu 
Publicity Department yuppublicityinternship@yale.edu 
Sales Department yupsalesinternship@yale.edu

Emails must indicate which department/s you are applying to both in the email subject line and in the Cover Letter.

Only complete applications that meet the above guidelines will be considered.

Department Internship Descriptions


Acquisitions Editorial

The intern will have the opportunity to see the publishing world from the ground up by having an inside seat in the department where it all begins.  The student will learn a facet unique to academic publishing by having first-hand experience with the peer review process.  Under the supervision of Editorial Assistants and Assistant Editors, the acquisitions intern will research readers to review manuscripts and witness the process a manuscript goes through from proposal to accepted book.  Through this research, the student will also learn how to interact with prominent figures in their individual disciplines of acquisitions. The intern will also be invited to observe and learn the process of evaluating manuscripts that are received from the public, literary agents, and prior in-house authors.  This experience will include reading manuscripts, summarizing them, and learning how to prepare them for the next phase of publishing: editing and production.

Art Workshop

Yale University Press is known for its prestigious art and architecture list, and an internship with the Art Book Workshop offers a wide variety of experience working with illustrated books. Interns will have the unique opportunity to learn about all aspects of the publishing process, from editorial to production to marketing. Working under the supervision of Acquisitions, Production and Manuscript Editors, the interns will be assigned to work on project(s) such as text and art preparation; peer review process; proofreading; and sales and marketing research. For this position, knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Photoshop is helpful, but not essential.  Interns will have opportunities to develop skills using these and other programs under the guidance of Yale University Press staff.

Intellectual Property & Administration

The Intellectual Property intern works closely with the Contracts Associate and the Director of Legal Affairs.  This intern will have the opportunity to learn about aspects of intellectual property law and contracts in academic book publishing, including standard author contracts, agented contracts, rights agreements, subsidiary rights, permissions, and copyright.  This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in academic publishing and/or law to experience the fast-paced world of scholarly publishing.  The selected candidate will possess analytical, critical analysis, and superior organizational skills.

Manuscript Editorial

The Manuscript Editorial Department shepherds manuscripts through editing and production, from their acceptance for editing to their publication as books. Manuscript editors are responsible for copyediting and for coordinating the proofreading and correcting of typeset text and illustrations.  They work with authors, freelancers, and in-house colleagues.  Interns will work closely with the manuscript editors and assist them with various stages of the process.  This will include opportunities to gain hands-on experience by learning Chicago Manual of Style and house styles and processes and then applying this knowledge to checking proofs and indexes at various stages, with appropriate supervision and feedback.

Marketing Department

The Marketing Department is involved with the promotion of all Yale University Press books, with a special focus on outreach to educators.  The department handles exhibits, space advertising, catalogues, online marketing and social media, and direct mail outreach to teachers. Summer interns will assist with various aspects of the work of the department under the supervision of Assistant Educational Marketing Manager and the Online Marketing Manager which may include setting up catalogues in our database; assisting with catalogue production; entering reviews in our database; blogging; conducting social media outreach; advertising research (periodicals and advertising rates); maintenance of our database of instructors; researching faculty for exam copy mailing lists; marketing flyers; proofreading; and other projects.  Summer interns are also encouraged to attend our seasonal launch and monthly marketing meetings to gain further insight into the publishing industry in general.

New Business Development

The New Business and Product Development department is responsible for identifying and pursuing new projects and business opportunities that exploit the unique capabilities of digital technology to enhance the Press’s traditional scholarly content.  The Department works with other departments at the Press as well as with external vendors to conceive, develop, and maintain these digital scholarly products.  Summer interns will help with market and product research; basic coding and website management; product review and quality assurance.  We are a small team, and the interns will work closely with the New Business and Product Development Manager, the Digital Production Editor, and the Publishing Assistant.  

Production/Design

The Production department is responsible for coordinating the production and manufacturing of each book: making a schedule, trafficking materials between design and editorial/managing editorial, estimating costs, creating purchase orders and communicating with typesetters and printers. The Design department is responsible for designing interior book pages, photo-researching and designing jackets/covers of books, and preparing artwork for interiors. The department summer intern will aid in various duties including, but not limited to: assisting the Reprint Controller with purchase orders, tracking schedules, and passing invoices for reprints; data entry in the Press central database and inventory system; scanning, logging, and other preparation of images. Experience with data entry, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, and good organizational skills preferred.

Publicity Department

The Publicity Department is responsible for working with the media to increase the coverage of YUP books in print, radio, TV, and online venues.  Publicists send out books (including mailings of galleys and advance copies) to prospective reviewers, handle incoming requests from various media, create press releases, and schedule author interviews.  Summer interns will gain hands-on experience in a publicity department as they work under the supervision of the publicity assistant.  Interns will learn how to liaise with media contacts, assist in the production of promotional materials, track media coverage, and mail galleys to media.  In addition, interns will have the opportunity to work on long-term projects such as compiling our holiday gift book catalog, which is mailed at the end of the summer.  Interns will also be able to attend major staff meetings, including Seasonal Launch, in which editors for the Acquisitions department present upcoming titles for Spring 2017.

Sales Department

The Sales department works with accounts of all types, mainly retailers and distributors, on placement of our forthcoming titles, and maintenance of backlist, through strong buyer relationships and special sales.  Under the supervision of the Sales Assistant, the intern is responsible for generating a variety of sales and inventory reports for analysis; outreach and support for book sales at author events; special sales research; and other projects as they arise. The intern will have the opportunity to attend press-wide launch meetings and monthly marketing meetings.  After completion of this internship, the student will understand how the sales department functions within Yale’s publishing program and the marketplace in general. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in book publishing, marketing, or business.

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