Job Opportunities

Editorial Assistant

Department: Columbia University Press

Title: Editorial Assistant

Grade: 05

Status: non-exempt

Summary job description

Responsible for providing general editorial and clerical support to two Editors in the subject areas of Politics, History, Journalism, Film Studies, English and Comparative Literature. Assist in: soliciting peer reviews, preparing book descriptions and data sheets, profit-and-loss statements, contracts, preparing manuscripts for release to editing and production, general author correspondence. Serve as a contact for reviewers, and handle general queries for all books acquired by the editor.

Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum 2 years related experience.

Additional position-specific minimum qualifications

  • Some office experience required
  • Publishing experience helpful
  • Experience or interest in the following subject areas helpful: Science and Business
  • Knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel, and Filemaker Pro
  • Basic knowledge of editorial procedure and financials.
  • Highly organized and detail oriented

Please apply on the Careers at Columbia website.

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. This is a paid internship, which may also be eligible for course or program credit.

Please send a cover letter and resume, to

Please specify in the subject which department you are interested in (Acquisitions Editorial, Editorial Design and Production, Subsidiary Rights or Marketing). Interns are typically hired in April, August, and December. Due to the volume of applications received, not all submissions will receive a reply.