2 Student Jobs, Books Acquisitions

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  • 2 Student Jobs, Books Acquisitions
    Books Acquisitions Group

    Duke University Press is seeking two student workers (graduate or undergrad) for the full academic year 2018-19. These two paid positions will work with our Books Acquisitions team for approximately 10-15 hours per week, Monday thru Friday, usually in 3 to 5 hour shifts between the general hours of 9am and 6pm. The pay rate is $10.70 - $12.00 per hour, depending on educational level.

    Duke Press publishes 120 books per year, on subjects such as Latin American studies, gender studies, 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. These available student positions provide 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, our students also obtain excellent experience with publishing terminology and protocol.

    If you are a currently-enrolled undergraduate and are interested in applying for one of our two positions, please respond by sending an e-mail to before close of the position on Wednesday, Sept. 19th. Please put “BACQ Student Job” in the subject line, attach your résumé & cover letter, and include contact information for 3 references.

    DO NOT Continue to Duke HR website, as indicated on left side of this webpage. INSTEAD simply e-mail the requested materials to

    Position closes on 09/19/2018. Please apply for requisition number INT20180710.

  • 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; participation in webinars about acquisitions careers and other professional development opportunities
    • Composing form letters, filing, copying and mailing
  • Education/Training

    • Applicants must be enrolled currently at a college, university, community college or technical school. Both work study and non-work study positions are available.
  • Experience

    • No prior experience is required in publishing or office/administrative work
    • Attention to detail is important for success in this position
    • Successful applicants will possess intellectual curiosity, the capacity to think creatively, and the ability to engage with academic work, regardless of their main field of study
    • Interest in Duke Univ. Press book-publishing program is a plus

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