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Jobs & Internships

WSU Press Job Postings

WSU Press staff positions are listed on Wayne State University’s online hiring page-search by Department H5201 University Press. Internships are regularly available for those interested in the world of publishing.

Posting 042279: Office Services Clerk II

Internship Opportunities

Wayne State University Press offers internship opportunities for those interested in publishing within five depart¬ments of the Press: Editorial, Design, and Production; Journals; Sales and Marketing; Rights and Permissions; and Information Technology. Interns with the Editorial, Design, and Production Department work with book manuscripts and page proofs to learn about the creation of scholarly books. Interns with the Journals Department work with the 11 scholarly and creative journals to learn journal production. Interns with the Sales and Marketing Department learn the steps presses take to sell and promote books. Rights and Permissions interns will gain an understanding of the implications of copyright law on day-to-day publishing practices, working directly with contracts, agreements, and third-party permissions. Interns with the Information Technology Department work on an active e-commerce site, gaining experience in the implementation of pre-created modules and the creation of custom code enhancements.

Our internships are unpaid and are offered throughout the year. If you are a student, your department might offer you credit for an internship with us. We are happy to work with your institution to help you fulfill their requirements.

Many of our interns are students, but being enrolled in school is not a requirement. We ask for a commitment of twenty hours per week and will work with you to accommodate your schedule. We are also willing to consider two-semester internships.

We will consider all applicants; however, across all the departments we have found that our most successful interns have graduated from college and are either considering their next step or are already enrolled in grad school. Also across departments, the most successful interns have a sense of pride in their work and an eye for detail.

Wayne State University Press interns have gone on to summer publishing programs and to jobs with other university presses or publishers. The value of an internship is not only the hands-on experience but also the opportunity to show a potential employer that you are committed to publishing.

Our interns do real, hands-on work and are expected to take the initiative in their own learning. These are some of the duties:

Editorial and Production
  • Prepare projects for copyediting and design
  • Review sample edits from copyeditors
  • Review page proof and edit indexes
  • Attend department and staff meetings, if schedule allows
  • Track information through spreadsheets and presswide database


  • Typeset journal pages
  • Review page proofs
  • Prepare projects and images for copyediting, typesetting, and printing
  • Upload and help maintain journals online
  • Attend department and press staff meetings, if schedule allows
Marketing and Sales
  • Write press releases and design flyers
  • Assist with direct mail promotions
  • Research awards and exhibits information
  • Correspond with authors
  • Provide clerical support
  • Send materials to sales representatives of Wayne State University Press books
  • Attend department and staff meetings, if schedule allows
  • Gain an understanding of copyright law in the context of academic publishing
  • Conduct archival research
  • Obtain permissions for use of archival and other copyrighted material
  • Gain an understanding of publishing contracts and contractual practices
  • Learn about the subsidiary rights licensing process
  • Conduct sales and industry research to target rights sales opportunities


Information Technology
  • Develop and implement functionality for the Press website
  • Identify and implement premade plugins for Drupal CMS (content management system)
  • Assist the Technical Project Manager in the creation of project-focused minisites
  • Assist the Marketing Department and the Technical Project Manager with WSUP social media

(see more on this new internship here)

Application Deadlines

For Fall: Apply by the end of June.

For Winter: Apply by the end of September.

For Summer: Apply by the end of March.

Application materials should be sent by email to the appropriate department head and must include a current résumé and a cover letter discussing your interest in an internship with Wayne State University Press. In your letter, please tell us what department you would like to work with and what you hope to learn. We don't expect you to have a career plan laid out, and we don't expect you to have experience in or extensive knowledge about publishing. We do expect your letter to be clearly written and to show why you want to intern at Wayne State University Press.

Depending on the number of applicants, we might choose to interview individuals or to ask for additional writing samples.



Editorial, Design, and Production: Kristin Harpster, kmharpster@wayne.edu

Journals: Tara Reeser, tara.reeser@wayne.edu

Sales and Marketing: Emily Nowak, enowak@wayne.edu

Rights and Permissions: Ceylan Akturk, ceylan.akturk@wayne.edu

Information Technology: Bonnie Russell, bonnie.russell@wayne.edu

For general information about our internship program, please contact Kristin Harpster at kmharpster@wayne.edu.