Tuesday, March 11, 2014

McRae Publishing Internship Provides Valuable, Hands-on Experience

One of the lesser-known facts about UPM is our robust intern program including the McRae Publishing Internship, a position generously supported by the Richard and Selby McRae Foundation. 

Through the McRae Publishing Internship, the Press offers a singular educational opportunity to young men and women interested in book publishing to start their careers as interns and gain valuable practical knowledge about the publishing industry. Interns will learn about publishing while providing assistance to and working under the supervision of the Press’s full-time staff in a variety of tasks. 

Previous interns have gone on to jobs in publishing or related fields or continued their education by attending university-affiliated publishing programs. 

Last Fall Joy Perozo completed the second McRae Publishing Internship after previously serving as an Editorial Intern and as Assistant to the Senior Production Editor. Perozo says, “Collectively, these opportunities have not only shaped my desire to pursue a career in editing but have also given me the necessary skills and experience.” 

Joy recently graduated with an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from Belhaven University, moved home, married, and is now working as a freelance copy editor and indexer. 

“The wonderful staff at the Press never hesitated to train me for new tasks, such as completing contracts, coordinating with reviewers, preparing materials for board approval, obtaining reprint permissions for images, proofreading, and the list could continue. In addition to working with such a supportive staff, my favorite experience at the Press was the opportunity to see the big picture of academic publishing from the initial proposal stage through to production.” 

Candidates interested in the summer McRae Internship should submit a cover letters and resume to Katie Keene, Editorial Assistant at kkeene @ mississippi.edu. The deadline is Friday, March 14. 

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