Student Position, Books Acquisitions

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  • Student Position, Books Acquisitions
    Books Acquisitions Group

    Duke University Press is looking for an undergraduate or graduate student to assist our Books Acquisitions team for spring semester, especially students who would be able to continue into the summer or next academic year. Both work study and non-work study positions are available. This is a paid position and is approximately 10 hours of work per week, Monday thru Friday, generally in 3 to 5 hour shifts between the hours of 9am and 6pm.

    Duke Press publishes 120 books per year, on subjects such as Latin American studies, political theory, history, cultural studies, African-American studies, film and television studies, and anthropology. The Press is located at 905 W. Main Street, Downtown Durham @ Brightleaf Square, and is easily accessible via public transportation.

    The Books Acquisitions team reviews and solicits manuscripts, decides which books to publish, then corresponds with authors in the long process of revision and preparation of the manuscript for production. This student position provides early exposure to some of the cutting-edge academic work that our authors produce. In addition to learning how an academic book is brought into the public realm, you’ll also obtain excellent experience with publishing terminology and protocol.

    If you’re a currently-enrolled graduate student or advanced undergraduate and are interested in applying for this position, please respond by sending an e-mail to by the close of the position on Monday, November 20th. Please put “Books Acquisitions Student Job” in the subject line, attach your résumé & cover letter, and include 3 references.

    DO NOT Continue to Duke HR Website, as indicated on left side of this page. Instead, simply e-mail the requested materials to

    Position closes on 11/20/2017. Please apply for requisition number INT20171031.

  • Job Description:

    • Logging in and rejecting manuscripts and proposals
    • Preparing manuscripts to send to peer reviewers
    • Corresponding by email and phone with reviewers and authors
    • Preparation of packets for the Editorial Advisory Board of Duke faculty
    • Internet research and writing of book summaries
    • Attendance at marketing launch meetings, webinars about acquisitions careers, and professional development opportunities
    • Composing form letters, filing, copying and mailing
  • Education/Training

    • Applicants must currently be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at any university
    • Both work study and non-work study positions are available
  • Experience

    • No prior experience is required in publishing or office/administrative work
    • Work requires a high level of attention to detail
    • Successful applicants will possess intellectual curiosity, the capacity to think creatively, and the ability to engage with academic work, regardless of their major field of study
    • Interest in Duke Univ. Press book-publishing program is a plus

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