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Student Positions

The University of Wisconsin Press is a not-for-profit publisher of books and journals. With nearly 1,500 titles and over 8,000 peer-reviewed articles in print, its mission embodies the Wisconsin Idea by publishing work of distinction that serves the people of Wisconsin and the world.

Our goal is to provide an environment where students can learn about academic publishing and gain valuable working skills. We offer student positions in all our departments with the opportunity to do cross-departmental training.

The University of Wisconsin Press provides an environment that encourages diversity and inclusion. We support individuals’ talents, knowledges, and abilities, with the understanding that to fulfill our mission to disseminate knowledge widely into the world, a diverse work force is essential. By participating, students observe firsthand the inner workings of a university press and learn about various aspects of the publishing industry.

Acquisitions Department
The Acquisitions Department solicits and reviews manuscripts, negotiates contracts with authors and institutions, and manages book projects through the acquisitions process, including peer review, approval by the faculty Press Committee, and reviewing copyright permissions. This position is responsible for supporting all aspects of manuscript acquisitions under the supervision of a full-time editor.

Business Office
The Business Office manages the operations of the Press. Students assist with reports, payments & reconciliation, author and funder correspondence, and many other operational activities. Finance experience is helpful but not required; formal training will be provided.

Editorial, Design, and Production (EDP) Department
The Editorial, Design, and Production Department oversees and manages the process of converting unedited manuscripts to finished books. Student assistants support EDP staff by preparing manuscript files for copyediting, reviewing page proofs, copyediting indexes, and performing a variety of clerical tasks.

Journals Department
The Journals Division publishes twelve scholarly journals in a range of fields including humanities, environmental sciences, economics, and social sciences. Students assist with marketing, editorial and production, customer service, and other projects.

Marketing Department
The Marketing department oversees marketing strategies for the books division, including coordination of publicity, author events, social media, exhibits, sales, print and digital advertising, copywriting, database administration, catalog and metadata production and distribution, and print and digital direct mail outreach. Students work alongside full-time staff to carry out marketing strategies.

Rights Department
The Rights and Permissions department reviews contracts, composes letters, and explores digital piracy and take-down issues.The student assisting the Rights & Permissions Manager learns about matters related to granting reuse permission for UWP publications.

Interested in working with us?
Check out the University of Wisconsin Madison student jobs board for current open positions.