Job Opportunities


Position: Full-Time

Responsible for implementing Publicity Department activities and supporting the wider efforts of the Marketing and Sales Departments to gain the widest possible exposure for Columbia University Press and its distribution client titles. The Publicity Department works to bring attention to Columbia University Press titles, distribution client titles and Press personnel to the outside world through placements in radio, television, print, and Internet media. The Publicist supports these efforts through developing and implementing publicity campaigns for Columbia University Press print and products, and distributed publishers’ titles.

General Duties

  • Develops and implements comprehensive publicity campaigns for assigned titles published each season.
  • Corresponds with authors
  • Attends occasional meetings with authors, outside consultants, editors, marketing staff and production personnel as needed to coordinate publicity efforts.
  • Writes promotional copy and orders advance uncorrected proofs for appropriate assigned titles
  • Writes press releases for assigned Columbia University Press titles
  • Compiles title-appropriate review mailing lists and prepares them for submission to the warehouse for mailing.
  • Books and confirms media interviews with assigned authors.  Seeks out and coordinates venues for readings, signings, lectures and book parties. Will occasionally arrange author tours.
  • Meets with key members of the media in person each season to discuss our titles.

Marketing Department Duties

  • Attends regular marketing department meetings
  • Attends one or more exhibits as a representative of the press
  • Attends the seasonal sales conference

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Intermittent physical activity including bending, reaching and prolonged periods of sitting.
  • Incumbent will be required to work extended period of time at a computer monitor and keyboard.
  • Occasional travel required


 Education and Training

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • four years prior experience in publicity

Skills and Capabilities

  • Requires excellent command of the English language both orally and in writing.
  • Must have knowledge of a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheet, and e-mail.
  • Must be able to work as part of a team environment.
  • Must be able to work in a deadline driven environment with demonstrated ability to juggle and prioritize multiple, competing tasks and demands and to seek supervisory assistance as appropriate.
  • Work requires continual attention to detail in composing, typing and proofing materials, follow-up on contacts, establishing priorities, and meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of book publicity.
  • Extensive media contact and knowledge of the media.

To apply for this position please go to: and search for requisition #498926 or the title: Publicist

Paid Internships

Columbia University Press is looking for interns to work in several departments including Acquisitions Editorial, Editorial Design and Production, Subsidiary Rights or Marketing. You will have the opportunity to assist on a range of tasks relating to the publication of academic books in a variety of fields including literary studies, translation, journalism, social work, continental theory, film, food, and history. We’re looking for someone who is responsible, committed, detail-oriented and has a career interest in publishing. Our interns are paid $15/hr and may also be eligible for course or program credit. Internships last for 4 months from the intern’s start date.

Please send a cover letter and resume, to, indicating which department you are interested in.

Interns are typically hired in early April, August, and December. Due to the volume of applications received, not all submissions will receive a reply.