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Internships in Publishing for English Majors

Internships in Publishing for English Majors

English majors often express interest in doing internships in the field of publishing, so we have made a special effort to develop partnerships with a number of editors and small presses in the Duluth-Superior area. These publishing internships are available to any eligible student in the UMD English B.A. and M.A. programs. They can provide excellent opportunities to learn more about the field of publishing and to develop skills in editing, proofreading, marketing and publicity, production, design and development through hands-on experience.

Rory Litwin and Brenna Oelfke of Litwin Books
Rory Litwin and Brenna Oelfke of Litwin Books
Some internships are set up with a certain department, such as Editorial or Marketing, while other internships are less structured and provide opportunities for a diverse range of publishing responsibilities. Areas and skills you may be able to develop through an internship include:

Design: Learn about designing layouts and graphics, coordinating artwork, artist contributor database update, and coordinating photo shoots.

Development: Learn about publishing budgets and fundraising, researching and writing grants, supporting individual donors, soliciting sponsorships for events and programming, donor database upkeep, preparing mailings, and coordinating with volunteers, donors, and vendors.

Editing: Learn about proofreading, fact checking, editing manuscripts and promotional materials, working with authors and agents, production schedules, handling permissions requests, and manuscript database upkeep.

Event planning: Learn how to plan and conduct events such as book signings, fundraisers and outreach events, author readings, and book fairs.

Manuscript evaluation:Learn about identifying and evaluating manuscripts with publishing potential; preparing and sending manuscript rejections, requests, and submission guidelines.

Marketing and Publicity: Learn about marketing and publicizing books, writing and sending pitches, arranging author tours and interviews, creating and distributing press releases, filing and sending out review copies, securing and tracking reviews, revising and editing catalogs, creating promotional materials such as advertisements and posters.

Production: Learn about producing the entire physical object of the book, from its layout to its cover, type, and interior art.

Click here for a list of publishing internships available in the Duluth-Superior area.

Ready to apply? Click here for instructions.

Internship Coordinator
Evan Brier, H423

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