Employment

Internship Opportunities (two available)

MSU Press 2022–23 English Department Internship

This position entails 8–10 hours per week for one academic year working with the acquisitions, manuscript editorial, journals, and marketing teams at MSU Press. It is an excellent opportunity for students wishing to improve their editorial skills and considering careers in publishing. It offers hands-on experience in managing book projects and journal issues from prospect research to sales analysis. The intern will also learn about contracts, profit and loss statements, copyright, marketing and sales channels, and other aspects of the publishing business. On completing the year, the intern will be well-qualified for an editorial or marketing assistant position.

MSU Press publishes 40 books annually in communication and rhetoric, sociology, anthropology, Native American studies, higher education, African literature and film, and African, European, and US history. The press also publishes 15 academic and literary journals.

The intern will work in the acquisitions, manuscript editorial, journals, and marketing departments. Tasks may include:

  • Corresponding with authors and series editors;
  • Managing the peer-review process;
  • Preparing editorial board packets;
  • Preparing book and article manuscripts for production;
  • Helping write, edit, and proofread material for the website, catalog, email blasts, and social media posts;
  • Assisting with prospect research and evaluating proposals and manuscripts;
  • Other office work as assigned.

The intern will also have the opportunity to attend regular meetings with the editorial, design, and production team as well as the marketing staff to learn those aspects of the publishing business. The intern will work at the press for 8–10 hours per week, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, on a regular schedule to be determined. No evening or weekend work and no travel are required, though the intern may be invited to accompany press acquisitions and marketing staff to local conferences and events.

Required qualifications:

  • Currently a junior or senior English major at MSU with a minimum 3.0 GPA;
  • Competent with MS Office programs and researching scholars and books online;
  • Strong writing, editing, and communication skills;
  • Detail-oriented with ability to keep track of multiple projects on different timelines;
  • Good at time management and meeting deadlines;
  • Good at solving problems and willing to ask questions.

Compensation:

  • Academic credit
  • May satisfy English capstone requirement (ENG 493 – Internship) and/or College of Arts and Letters Experiential Learning requirement
  • To apply, please submit the following information through this form: 
  • Letter of interest (cover letter) addressed to Dr. Justus Nieland, Chairperson, Department of English, and Catherine Cocks, MSU Press assistant director and editor-in-chief
  • Resume (no longer than 2 pages, please)

Questions can be directed to Justus Nieland.

Deadline to apply:  Friday, March 25, 5:00 p.m.

MSU Press Editorial Assistantship, 2022–2023

This graduate research assistantship position entails 20 hours per week for the 2022-2023 academic year, assisting the acquisitions editors and journals manager at MSU Press. It offers hands-on experience in managing book projects and journals issues from prospect research through peer review and finalizing manuscripts for production and printing, along with involvement in other press processes as needed. MSU Press publishes 40 books annually in communication and rhetoric, sociology, anthropology, Native American studies, higher education, African literature and film, and African, European, and US history. The press also publishes 15 academic and literary journals.

The editorial assistant will work primarily in the acquisitions and journals departments. Tasks include:

  • Assisting with prospect research and evaluating proposals and manuscripts;
  • Corresponding with authors, series editors, and journal editors;
  • Managing the peer-review process;
  • Preparing editorial board packets;
  • Vetting manuscripts prior to transfer to production;
  • Transferring manuscripts to production;
  • Proofreading typeset book and article manuscripts;
  • Assisting with production and marketing tasks as needed; and
  • Other office work as assigned.

The editorial assistant will attend regular meetings with the acquisitions editors, the editorial, design, and production team, and the marketing staff. The editorial assistant will work at the press for 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, on a regular schedule to be determined. No evening or weekend work and no travel are required.

Required qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a PhD program at MSU and maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA, preferably one related to the areas we publish in; and
  • Competent with MS Office programs and internet research.

Experience in publishing a plus but not required.

Graduate assistantships include a bi-weekly stipend, tuition waiver in the amount of 9 credits for fall and spring semesters, and health insurance. Prior to the appointment, a criminal background check is required.

To apply, please submit a resume, letter of interest, and an endorsement from your department chair and/or major professor (email is fine) to MSU Press assistant director and editor-in-chief Catherine Cocks by March 31, 2022.

Freelance Opportunities

For freelance inquiries, please contact Managing Editor Kristine Blakeslee.