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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.

Internship Opportunities

Wayne State University Press offers four internship opportunities for those interested in publishing: one in Editorial, Design, and Production, working with books; one in Sales and Marketing; one working with the scholarly journals division of the press and the library’s institutional repository; and one working in the Information Technology department.

Interns with Editorial, Design, and Production work with book manuscripts and page proof to learn about the pieces that go together to create scholarly books. With Marketing, interns learn about the steps presses take to sell and promote books. Interns with scholarly journals and the library’s institutional repository will learn about the interconnectivity between university presses and libraries and also about how to work with online scholarship. In the Information Technology department, interns 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
Journals and Library Digital Scholarship

This internship is a collaboration between Wayne State University Press and the Wayne State University Library systems.

  • Assist with WSU Library institutional repository maintenance
  • Prepare projects and images for copyediting, typesetting, and printing
  • Review sample edits from copyeditors
  • Review page proof
  • 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
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, khlawrence@wayne.edu

Journals and Library Digital Scholarship--Tara Reeser, tara.reeser@wayne.edu

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

IT—Bonnie Russell: bonnie.russell@wayne.edu

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