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Freelance Work

If you are interested in being considered for freelance work as a copy editor, indexer, or proofreader, please contact our production editor, Kerri Tolan, at kerrit@mailbox.sc.edu. If you are interested in freelance work writing jacket copy, contact Suzanne Axland, director of marketing and sales, at axland@mailbox.sc.edu.

Staff Positions

We currently have no openings.

Student Internships

The University of South Carolina Press offers unpaid internships in acquisitions, editorial, publicity, and marketing. Each internship will offer exposure to and potential integration with other UofSC Press departments. Interns will gain insight into the publishing process with varied learning opportunities tailored to their specific interests. UofSC Press internships are may be counted for course credit (pending approval by an academic advisor). Interns work about 12 hours each week. 

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted through Handshake when posted each semester. We have completed our search for Spring 2021 interns. Fall 2021 internship positions will be posted in late Spring 2021. Applicants are encouraged to apply via Handshake but may also submit cover letters and resumes via email to Lily Stephens, publishing assistant, ls54@mailbox.sc.edu. 

Acquisitions

The Acquisitions Department internship typically lasts one academic year, but may extend into the summer or be available for a single semester on a case-by-case basis. Interns work about 12 hours each week and, depending on the individual’s skills and interests and the acquisitions calendar, can gain the following experience:

  • Learn about the book publishing industry
  • Read and report on book proposals
  • Research and identify potential authors
  • Research and identify potential peer reviewers
  • Compile and update metadata
  • Review text and image permissions
  • Prepare manuscripts for transmittal to editorial department
  • Proofread books and other documents
  • Assist with administrative tasks

Editorial

The Editorial Department internship typically lasts one academic year, but may extend into the summer or be available for a single semester on a case-by-case basis. Interns work about 8 hours each week and, depending on the individual’s skills and interests and the editorial calendar, can gain the following experience:

  • Learn about the book publishing industry
  • Prepare manuscripts for copyediting
  • Prepare indexes for typesetting
  • Transcribe author corrections to copyedited manuscripts and proofs
  • Proofread books and other documents
  • Use MS Word track changes, styles, and macros; learn professional proofreading annotations
  • Maintain department files and assist with other administrative tasks

Marketing

The Marketing Department internship is an unpaid learning experience that typically lasts one semester but can run for two or more semesters depending on the intern’s interest and abilities. Interns work about 10 hours each week and, depending on the individual’s skills and the marketing schedule, can gain the following experience:

  • Learn about the book publishing industry
  • Write book jacket and catalog copy
  • Conduct research
  • Work on special promotional projects
  • Compile and update metadata
  • Assist with administrative tasks

Publicity 

The Publicity Department internship typically lasts one academic year, but may extend into the summer or be available for a single semester on a case-by-case basis. Interns work about 10 hours each week and, depending on the individual’s skills and the marketing schedule, can gain the following experience:

  • Learn about the book publishing industry 
  • Write press releases 
  • Conduct research 
  • Work on special promotional projects 
  • Identify quotable/promotable content from book reviews 
  • Assist with social media campaign planning and implementation 
  • Assist at author events, book signings, and conferences 

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