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Publishing Internships

Summer Publishing Internship Program, 2024

Please note that applications will open on 1/22/24.

Program Description

Yale University Press offers competitive paid internship opportunities to learn about publishing
in various business areas including: Acquisitions Editorial, Art Workshop, Marketing/Publicity,
Manuscript Editorial, New Business and Product Development and Sales.
By participating in the internship program, students observe the inner workings of a major
university press and successful business. The value of this internship is to gain experience and to
show a potential employer your skills and abilities to obtain future employment.
The Summer Publishing Internship Program requires a commitment of 30 hours a week for 9
consecutive weeks from June 3 to August 2, 2024. Applicants must commit to the full 9 weeks
for consideration in the program. Each summer intern is paid at a rate of $15.75 per hour, the
Connecticut minimum wage.

Internships may be in person, remote, or hybrid depending on the position and current Yale

Yale University Press encourages its staff to possess an understanding of the value of diversity
and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and
incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an

Application Instructions/Guidelines

All applications are due by Monday, February 12, 2024.
Applications will not be accepted after this date.

Due to the high volume of applicants, students who are granted internships will be notified after
. Please be patient when you are waiting to hear about your application status. If you have
not received an offer by 3/26/24, then you have not been selected as a candidate for the current

Internships are open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and students who graduated
from an undergraduate or graduate program within the past 18 months. Yale University Press
does NOT sponsor work visas; and will not provide any supporting documentation for existing
visas including offer letters for Curricular Practical Training.

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 applying, applicants must indicate to which department they are applying both in the
submission form and in the Cover Letter. A separate Cover Letter must be submitted for each
department applied to.

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

Questions for specific departments should be directed to the department email addresses listed

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, which includes both
scholarly monographs and exhibition catalogues. An internship with the Art Workshop offers a
wide variety of experience working with illustrated books, and interns will have the unique
opportunity to learn about all aspects of the publishing process, from acquisitions and manuscript
editorial to production to marketing. Under the supervision of the Editorial and Production
Assistant, interns will work on projects such as text and art preparation; descriptive writing for
internal memos; proofreading; and sales and marketing research. A background or demonstrated
interest in art history and/or architectural history is a plus. The ideal candidate will be a strong
writer, be detail oriented, and possess the ability to work independently.

Art & Architecture ePortal
The Yale University Press A&AePortal (www.aaeportal.com) is an innovative digital platform
on which to discover and interact with important art and architectural history scholarship. This
department’s summer intern will provide support to the Executive Director and Project
Coordinator for the platform and will gain first-hand experience with digital publishing. Tasks
include preparing images for upload to the site, creating conversion instructions, checking newly
converted books for scanning errors, updating eBook metadata, and preparing shipments of
books to freelance taggers and proofreaders. Applicants should have taken classes in art and/or
architectural history and demonstrate attention to detail. Experience working with Excel, Adobe
Acrobat, and Photoshop are preferred, along with the ability to work independently and juggle
multiple tasks.

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 proofreading as well as evaluating corrections to 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. They will have
opportunities to learn about the editorial organization of books, editorial and typographical
considerations in typeset pages, and house processes and to become familiar with The Chicago
Manual of Style. Interns will gain hands-on experience by checking typeset pages (PDFs) and
indexes at various stages, with appropriate supervision and feedback. Applicants will need to
demonstrate a keen eye and attention to detail in a short written exercise.

Marketing Department
Our Marketing department is responsible for promoting Yale University Press books to a variety
of audiences, from general consumers to faculty. The department handles the coordination of
advance materials for media (galleys), email marketing, exhibits, print and digital advertising,
catalogue production, social media, blogging and podcasting, and website content. This position
will assist with a variety of tasks related to promotional activities, which may include research
assignments, culling citations from reviews, assisting with catalogue and galley production,
blogging, producing digital marketing assets, and organizing data. The intern will have the
opportunity to attend press-wide launch meetings and monthly marketing meetings. Experience
with Excel, HTML, Photoshop, and InDesign a plus.

New Business and Product Development
The New Business and Product Development team is seeking a bright, curious, and highly
analytical intern who is interested in learning more about digital publishing for Yale University
Press. Actively participate in helping shape our new digital products through user research,
competitive analysis, and site testing. Projects include the ongoing product development of the
A&AePortal (www.aaeportal.com), planning for updates to our Interaction of Color App
(www.interactionfcolor.com), and the relaunch of Yalebooks.com. We will help you hone or
build new skills in product management and roll-out; you will gain real-world digital publishing

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 electronically file book reviews and other press coverage.
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 send materials, both
digital and print, to media contacts across North America. In addition, interns will have the
opportunity to work on long-term projects, such as compiling our annual holiday gift book
catalog and researching media outlets and opportunities for select fall titles. Interns will also be
able to attend major staff meetings. Experience with Adobe Acrobat and Outlook is preferred.

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 (including tracking sales and creating promotional flyers);
support for sales reps (such as galley orders, image requests, and inventory queries); 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 University Press’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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