Scholarly publishing summer opportunity

CU Press books stacked up

Cornell University Press seeks a Cornell PhD student who is interested in scholarly publishing. This paid position represents a collaboration between Cornell University Press and Careers Beyond Academia in the Graduate School’s Office of Career and Professional Development. This is a great opportunity both to see if this career path is for you, and to gain experience in skills helpful to a multitude of career outcomes. Selected participants will be closely mentored and guided by professional staff in the Cornell University Press Office to be successful in the role. See the posting: WDR-00045141 Acquisitions Graduate Student Fellow 

More information on previous iterations on this partnership can be seen here.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Prepare manuscripts for submission: format text files, confirm permissions for third-party materials, review illustration programs, and update database entries for transmitted titles.
  • Write descriptive copy and secure blurbs.
  • Arrange for peer review: Contact potential peer reviewers, send manuscripts, track the status of reviews, process payment requests for honoraria.
  • Book closings for published books: send copies of books for peer reviewers, blurbers, series editors, and others; ensure that all documentation associated with the book publications is final.
  • Look for and excerpt published reviews of published books.
  • Assist editors in drafting grant proposals and subsidy applications.
  • Undertake research projects for editors that help with subject area development, reviews, and sales.
  • Handle routine correspondence on behalf of editors.
  • Maintain the Cornell University Press Library located in the building.
  • Develop a graduate workshop on publishing for their home department or broader subject area, which will increase exposure for the Press on campus and promote the student as an advocate for scholarly publishing.

Required Qualifications/Skills/Experience:

  • Cornell doctoral candidate in the Humanities, entering years two through five
  • Availability between June 3 and August 23, on average 8 hours per week
  • Strong interests in inter- and transdisciplinary work
  • A deep interest in scholarly communications and scholarly publishing
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to work independently
  • Excellent computer skills, especially with the intricacies of Microsoft Office products
  • Great organizational and project management skills

Commitment and Expectations:

  • This is a part-time position, with an expectation between 8-16 hours of work per week.
  • There will be flexibility in work hours and days of the week, but should fall within 9am to 5pm on weekdays.
  • There is flexibility in location of work with remote work as a possibility.
  • The pay is $17/h

To apply

On the student jobs page, log in to WorkDay with your net ID.

Or, go directly to the posting: WDR-00045141 Acquisitions Graduate Student Fellow