After a lot of time on Google, I’ve compiled a list of 10 awesome publishing programs and publishing internships. Great opportunities are all over the country; you just have to put in the work. Hopefully this list will help.
The Columbia Publishing Course
The Columbia Publishing Course is one of the oldest and well known of its kind. It began in 1947 and was originally called the Radcliffe Publishing Course. It runs for six weeks every summer; this year’s dates are June 12 to July 22, in New York City. The program is made up of lectures, specialized seminars, and hands-on workshops. In the workshops they teach you not only book publishing, but magazine and digital publishing as well.
The program also boasts a truly impressive list of publishing professionals who are involved in the instruction and networking, including a lot of people from the big five publishing houses, which is a huge advantage for students looking to make connections in the industry. The brochure urges students with Bachelor degrees in all different areas to apply, not specifically English majors. In order to apply you need to be able to afford the $5,300 tuition and $3,065 room and board; submit the application form, which includes a $55 fee; and include a personal statement, letters of recommendation, college transcripts, and résumé.
That’s a steep price for a six-week program, but it's an unparalleled opportunity. Columbia proudly states that “the percentage of course graduates placed in publishing jobs each year is very high, often as much as 95% for the first year for students who stay in the New York City metro area.” http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/publishing
On a smaller scale, there is the Emerson College publishing certificate program. Based in Boston, this program is broken up into either print & online literary magazine publishing or small press book publishing, and you could complete one or both.
The program is held as one intensive three-day kind of binge weekend. The program goes over the many different areas of the industry including editing, marketing, design, production, finance, and legal issues. They also have guest speakers each day have included many professionals from successful literary magazines.
Each program costs a more reasonable $695. The application for Emerson is much looser than Columbia as they are open to students who have not yet completed their degrees and say they look for “poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and individuals who would like to learn publishing skills needed to start and run their own literary magazines or book publishing ventures.”
This program is a great option for a wider range of young kids looking for that edge when applying for jobs in publishing. http://www.emerson.edu/academics/professional-studies/certificate-programs/literary-publishing
New York University Summer Publishing Institute
As I briefly mentioned in my previous post, New York University has a highly accredited Summer Publishing Institute that is widely considered the best in the country. It is nearly identical to the Columbia program in my opinion. It has a similar goal of giving a broad overview of the industry with hands on workshops, lectures, and impressive guest speakers.
It has all of the allure the New York City publishing world has to offer. Next year’s program is May 31 to July 8 and the application process is very similar to Columbia’s. The tuition is $5,000 for the six-week program and housing is stated to be about $230 per week depending what you do. NYU housing is apparently not required, but may be easiest if you are only staying for six weeks. http://www.scps.nyu.edu/academics/departments/publishing/academic-offerings/summer-publishing-institute.html
CUNY Publishing Institute
CUNY Publishing Institute is a five-day course in New York City. CUNY’s website urges all kinds of people to apply including “entrepreneurs eager to explore new ways of publishing, and those wishing to enter the world of traditional book publishing, or simply learn more about it.” The program gives an overview of the different areas of the industry much like all of the other programs.
The faculty includes many publishing professionals from well-known publishing houses and successful independent houses. The 2016 session runs June 22-26 and costs $1400, which doesn’t include housing or food but still sounds like one of the best deals out of those on this list and those not included. Go apply online and get your career started in publishing. http://cpi.journalism.cuny.edu/
And then there is Yale. Their publishing course names itself “advanced leadership training for book and magazine media professionals.” Their program is split up like Emerson’s into magazine media and book publishing that are each one week long.
Many of the main lessons involve discussing the changes in the industry, specifically with digital media, and therefore seem to be geared towards people already established in the industry and looking to gain new insights, unlike the NYU and Columbia programs which are more for young students just starting out. The course fee is $5,450, which covers everything except housing, but they do offer a discount on a hotel in New Haven.
This could be something that you could ask your company to pay for because what you will learn will help them out in the long run. http://publishing-course.yale.edu/
The other way to learn about publishing and get your foot in the door of the industry is an internship. Internships are usually geared towards college upperclassmen or recent graduates and tend to pay you in academic credit and Trident Layers. But the experience you are getting is invaluable and, in this industry, a requirement for any full time job.
When you think about how to get into trade publishing, your first thought is probably Penguin Random House’s internship program. They have opportunities in editorial, graphic design, marketing, sales, publicity, and production. These internships are difficult to get for obvious reasons. You are not only going to be learning from the best of the best, buy you are going to be given opportunities to work with some of the most successful professionals in the industry. The 2015 fall internship ran from September 14-Novemeber 20, 14 hours a week, in the New York City offices. They usually have new interns every season so keep your eyes open if this is something you are interested in.
Another option is an internship at a small independent publishing house like Agate Publishing in the northern suburb of Chicago. In a place like this, you are going to get more of an overview of everything in the industry, more hands on experience, and the opportunity to make lasting connections because it is smaller and more personal. The internship is part time, runs on six-month periods, and pays a daily stipend. They hire editorial interns and publishing interns that each learn different roles in the company. This role is a great opportunity because it is very learning based; it even has separate lectures for the interns to attend to learn more. http://www.agatepublishing.com/about/agate/
Let's revisit New Haven, CT, this time for an internship at Yale University Press. A university press is a great way to learn about publishing and editing in a scholarly setting. You get a different atmosphere and subject matter than at trade book publishers.
This specific one seeks interns to work in all fields related to publishing that the press has to offer. It is 30 hours a week for 11 weeks over the summer and is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and recent grads. It pays minimum wage, which is more than a lot of other internships offer. Plus it is obviously very prestigious and looks good on a resume. Apply by February! http://www.bookjobs.com/view-internship/1516
Literary agencies also offer great learning opportunities. Browne & Miller Literary Associates is a small agency in Chicago. Their internship program offers college students a “comprehensive introduction to the publishing industry.” The internship is unpaid but they will give academic credit.
Agencies can give interns the opportunities to work with manuscript submissions, query letters, editorial, marketing, and publicity. And even though it's not New York City, working in a big city hub like Chicago helps you more easily advance in the industry and meet the people that can help you get a full time job. http://www.browneandmiller.com/how-to-query-us-1/
If you go out and really put in the time and research, you can find some uniquely awesome opportunities. One I found was at a nonprofit literary organization called Red Hen Press. The unpaid internship is 15-20 hours per week for 4 months in Pasadena, California. The internship involves all of the typical duties and learning opportunities of other internships but this one also offers other benefits like “free workshops and presentations on various topics taught by our experienced staff; intern luncheons and Q&A’s with our Managing Editor and Publisher; invites to Red Hen readings and events.” It is an exciting atmosphere and unique experience you should apply to by December 1st! http://www.bookjobs.com/view-internship/1456
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