Current Opportunities

Academic Publishing Internship, Spring 2022
THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA PRESS seeks an undergraduate intern to help Press with all aspects of the publishing process. The successful candidate will develop the skills necessary to begin a successful and vibrant career in scholarly publishing.

The student will assist in the preparation of manuscripts for scholarly approval as well as publication; become familiar with Chicago Manual of Style through the close editing of documents; and learn about the publishing market through research for targeted marketing campaigns and interactions with scholarly journals. Specific responsibilities will be set before the start of the internship based on applicant qualifications and the needs of the Press at the time. The student will assist in selecting which manuscripts should be rejected and which pursued further towards publication; assist in the selection of potential peer reviewers and shepherding the peer-review process; work with acquisitions editors to compile dockets that are submitted to the Press's editorial committee for consideration; and work with authors to ready manuscripts for the copy editing process. As such, the successful applicant will work hands-on with the major works of field-defining intellectuals; understand more fully the process of converting a dissertation into a book manuscript; and help these important manuscripts to reach a trade audience or find success as a text for the classroom. Students who are interested in social media and marketing are also encouraged to apply to assist with managing the Press’s social media accounts, ad design, and/or catalog copy.

The Press publishes approximately 40 new books each year, primarily in theology, philosophy, and history, but candidates from any school of the university will be considered. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is required. This is an unpaid internship offered for course credit and, as such, applicants must also be able to enroll in ENG 493: Research Apprenticeship for the semester of the internship. To apply, please contact Dr. Taryn Okuma for more information.

Internships and Research Apprenticeships

Hands-on experience in the fields of creative writing, professional writing, and publishing.

The English Department supports students seeking professional experience in literary studies, writing, and publishing by seeking out and establishing unique internship opportunities for Catholic University students and by assisting students who are appying to established internship programs. Additionally, students who are interested in learning more about literary scholarship can apply to serve as a Research Apprentice to an English faculty member.

Past Internships held by English majors include:

  • Knowledge Navigators Program Intern, Library of Congress
  • Editorial Intern, Dappled Things: The Quarterly of Ideas, Art, and Faith
  • Intern, Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
  • Proposal Specialist, Tetra Tech
  • College Intern, Oakcrest School
  • Pro-Life Intern, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Communications Intern, Department of Migration and Refugee Services, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Summer Intern, Commonweal Magazine
  • Intern, State Highway Administration Branch, Maryland Office of the Attorney General
  • Summer Administrative Intern, Center City Public Charter Schools
  • Communications Intern, FreedomWorks
  • Intern, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Summer Intern, Ernst & Young
  • Marketing and Publicity Intern, Regnery Publishing
  • Editorial Intern, Verily Magazine
  • Content Editing Intern, Gofobo.com
  • Communications and Marketing Intern, Our Girl Talk
  • Programs and Communications Intern, Libraries Without Borders
  • Office of Marketing & Communications Intern, Catholic University
  • Editorial Intern, HealthNow New York

Internships that require course credit may qualify for credit through enrollment in ENG 495: Internship or ENG 493: Research Apprenticeship. ENG 495 and ENG 493 do not fulfill English major or minor requirements, but do count towards the Writing minor.

For more information about internships in English, please contact Dr. Taryn Okuma (okuma@cua.edu).