Job Opportunities at Columbia University Press

Job Opportunities

Editorial Assistant

Position overview: Assist the Publisher for Sciences and the Editor for Economics. Responsible for managing approximately fifty projects at a time from inception to completion, work efficiently to make in-house deadlines.

Must possess excellent project management skills, be organized and detailed. It is important to have strong communication and writing skills. The role requires one to correspond with authors and regularly liaise with other departments within the press.

A familiarity with, and interest in, the relevant disciplines is helpful as well as the ability to evaluate proposals and manuscripts. Office experience and knowledge of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel are required. Previous publishing experience is preferred but not essential.

Job duties include:
• Soliciting peer reviews and blurbs
• Preparing and formatting manuscripts and artwork for release into production
• Securing permissions
• Preparing memos for editorial meetings describing the project, its scope, rationale, market, and competition
• Drafting contracts
• Proofreading jacket and catalog copy
• Recruiting, training, and supervising interns on a quarterly basis
• Researching and applying for publication and translation grants
• Drawing up cover letters, check and book requests
• Sending out and tracking manuscripts under review

Those interested should send a resume and cover letter to Only those candidates who are selected for consideration will be contacted.


Internship in Acquisitions Editorial

Columbia University Press seeks to hire interns for the acquisitions editorial department. Applicants should be eager, hard-working college students or recent graduates who would like to gain practical, entry-level experience in book publishing. The editorial intern would:
• Send out manuscripts for peer review
• Attend editorial and marketing meetings
• Compile lists of recipients of complimentary books
• Prepare final manuscripts for release to production
• Write selling points etc. for editorial and release memos
• Procure promotional blurbs from senior scholars
• Work on grant applications
• Request checks for advances, fees, and other payments
• Contribute to social media presence
• Take on administrative duties, such as photocopying, covering the front desk, etc.
The intern should be able to commit to two or three full days a week. The internship is unpaid, but a transportation stipend is available.
To apply for an editorial internship, please send a brief cover letter and your resume to by the appropriate deadline:
Spring Internship: December 1
Summer Internship: April 1
Fall Internship: July 1


Internship in Subsidiary Rights

The Subsidiary Rights Department is seeking a motivated intern for Fall 2015, beginning early September. Interest in the legal aspects of publishing is beneficial. Candidates need to be available 10-15 hrs per week. The position will provide basic instruction in intellectual property rights (with an emphasis on digital/new technology rights), legal research and training in contracts. There will be some correspondence with authors and foreign publishers, as well as administrative tasks. Candidates should be detail-oriented, and possess excellent computer skills with a solid understanding of Microsoft Word and Excel. The internship is unpaid but may qualify for course credit and local travel reimbursement. If you are interested, please send your resume to Ann-Grace at