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.
College credit may also be available for internships (consult your major department).
- 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 April 10 for a summer or fall internship and by October 19 for a spring internship to Beth Snead.
- 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 19 for a spring internship to John Joerschke.
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 April 15 for a summer or fall internship and by October 19 for a spring internship to Rebecca Norton.
- 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 art and entertainment industries.
- Students may be eligible for credit if they apply early enough and go through the right channels. Amanda E. Sharp (see contact details below) can provide details.
- To apply send résumé and cover letter by April 10 for a summer or fall internship and by October 19 for a spring internship to Amanda E. Sharp.
- Internship details are as follows:
- Direct Mail and Social Media Intern:
- Will work with direct mail manager on direct mail efforts ranging from targeting course adoptions for scholarly books to reaching specialized retailers for general interest titles.
- Work includes building mailing lists, researching niche markets, helping create mailing pieces, assisting with mailings, and email marketing campaigns.
- Will help with daily posting to social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.
- Institutional or professional experience posting to social media a plus.
- May help occasionally in writing copy for various campaigns.
- No design skills necessary.
- Facility with audio and video editing a plus.
- Working knowledge of Excel and Emma (email marketing platform) a plus.
- Podcast Intern:
- Will work with publicity manager to develop an online promotional video for a book.
- Intern will have a number of projects from which to choose.
- Intern will work with marketing department and in some cases directly with an author to create promotional video.
- Video will be approved by publicity manager and featured on UGA Press website and YouTube channel.
- Working knowledge of Final Cut, Windows Movie Maker, or similar video editing software needed.
- Publicity Intern:
- Will work with the publicity manager to help capture print and online reviews and excerpt key quotes for our database and online sales outlets.
- Will also research niche publicity outlets and carry out specialized publicity mailings for new books, as time and interest allow.
- Publishing Project Intern:
- The Press is currently working on a project that will bring a large number of out-of-print titles back into print.
- Will help rewrite old descriptive copy for books, update author bios, format copyright pages, find archived reviews, and process books for re-publication.
- Should be detail-oriented and possess basic writing and copyediting skills.
- Publishing Data Intern
- Will help distribute book metadata among the Press’s many trading partners. Metadata includes such elements as a book's title, author, and price. More complex metadata can range from a book’s table of contents to its subject areas. Our trading partners include booksellers (retail and wholesale), libraries, and data collection centers.
- Ideal candidates will be highly organized, detail oriented, and have an interest in databases, cataloging, and online information exchange standards.
- An interest in either a library or publishing career is a plus.