Psychology Today Internship Opportunity

PSYCHOLOGY TODAY Advertising/Design Internship

Job/Internship Type: Internship (Daily Stipend)

Company/Publication Name: Psychology Today

Location: New York, NY

 Description:  Psychology Today has an excellent opportunity for a few smart and talented advertising and/or graphic design interns at our office in NYC.  We are a small staff, so you will be a key member of the team.  Interns will be required to work 2 to 3 days per week.

 Duties include:

  • Working closely with the Associate Publisher, advertising staff, and art department on sales and marketing projects.
  • Assisting our production department with print and online advertising preparation, as well as developing marketing materials.
  • Outstanding professionalism and organization are a requirement.
  • Working knowledge of or ability to learn programs quickly.
  • Should be able to juggle several tasks at once and work autonomously.

Graphic design skills and prior experience in Photoshop and InDesign are necessary.  The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in publishing, advertising, or graphic design, along with strong editorial and writing skills. The position starts ASAP and will run into Spring  of 2015, three or more days a week (full-time preferred), and include a small daily stipend.

–  Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
–  Photoshop
–  Indesign

Payment: Daily Stipend

 If you are interested in applying, please send your resume, cover letter, and two business or marketing related writing samples to Professor Denning at

“Psychology Today” Advertising/Design Internship

PSYCHOLOGY TODAY Advertising/Design Internship

Job/Internship Type: Internship (Daily Stipend)

Company/Publication Name: Psychology Today

Location: New York, NY


Description:  Psychology Today has an excellent opportunity for a few smart and talented advertising and/or graphic design interns at our office in NYC.  We are a small staff, so you will be a key member of the team.  Interns will be required to work 2 to 3 days per week.


Duties include:

  • Working closely with the Associate Publisher, advertising staff, and art department on sales and marketing projects.
  • Assisting our production department with print and online advertising preparation, as well as developing marketing materials.
  • Outstanding professionalism and organization are a requirement.
  • Working knowledge of or ability to learn programs quickly.
  • Should be able to juggle several tasks at once and work autonomously.


Graphic design skills and prior experience in Photoshop and InDesign are necessary.  The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in publishing, advertising, or graphic design, along with strong editorial and writing skills. The position starts ASAP and will run into Spring  of 2015, three or more days a week (full-time preferred), and include a small daily stipend.



–  Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

–  Photoshop

–  Indesign


Payment: Daily Stipend


To Apply: please send your resume, cover letter, and two business or marketing related writing samples to Professor Denning at

Prof. Sherman Raskin Celebrates 50 Years at Pace!

The Dyson Digital Digest recently posted a wonderful piece about Professor Sherman Raskin’s 50 years of service at Pace University.   Continue reading or click here to read the entire article.

Professor Sherman Raskin Celebrates 50 Golden Years of Teaching at Pace


“1963 was a watershed year – President John F. Kennedy is assassinated, The Feminine Mystic is published, and James Meredith is the first African American graduate of the University of Mississippi. It was also the year Sherman Raskin, a new father and a part-time actor, joined the ranks of Pace University teaching basic English and freshman composition.

This year, Pace University is honored to mark Professor Raskin’s 50th anniversary of distinguished service.

Professor Raskin was born in 1937 in the Bronx, NY, the youngest of two siblings. To his father’s delight, Raskin wanted to be an actor and studied it at Columbia University, earning a BFA in Acting. His mom, on the other hand, worried and wondered why a man so bright wouldn’t become a doctor or an accountant. Raskin appeared in film, commercials and television shows including the NBC DuPont Show of the Week: Ride with Terror where he played a young bookworm held hostage on a subway car by hoodlums. Eventually, he would go on to earn a MA in English from Columbia University.

Professor Raskin’s vision and entrepreneurial spirit have contributed significantly to shaping Pace into the remarkable institution it is today. In 1978 he was appointed Chair of the English department where he served for 24 years. Under his tutelage, what were then new concepts in higher education – honors sections, learning communities, women and gender studies courses, a film studies minor – flourished. He was instrumental in organizing and hosting the Dyson Lectures in the Humanities, a series of talks by distinguished guests including Joyce Carol Oates, Budd Schulberg and Gloria Steinem and Wendy Wasserstein, among others. The lecture series ran for more than 20 years and contributed significantly to the level of intellectual discourse.

In 1984, he and Allan Rabinowitz (Pace ’57), a retired professor of Accounting and Publishing, launched the Master of Science in Publishing program and in 1986 he became the program’s director. 27 years later, he’s still the program director. Adding to his portfolio of responsibilities, in 1990 the Pace University Press, a publisher of academic books and journals, was established with Professor Raskin as its helm. Until 2002 Professor Raskin oversaw all three departments at once.

“Sherman Raskin has worked tirelessly throughout his career at Pace with a dedication that knows no bounds. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to build new programs in the English department and to develop the graduate Publishing program, where he expanded Pace’s international presence in China,” said Nira Herrmann, dean, Dyson College. “All of us at Dyson congratulate him for reaching this notable milestone and thank him for his significant contribution to the University.”

“When I look back I’m very fortunate and very grateful. There are many schools that don’t give you the opportunities I found here. Pace has always allowed one to grow,”; said Professor Raskin, “and for that, I’ve loved my work for 50 years.”

Perhaps Professor Raskin’s greatest pleasure comes from family. When he’s not fostering new programs or shaping the minds of students, Professor Raskin enjoys going to the theater and museums with Paula, his wife of 49 years. They have two sons and three grandchildren – Noa, Ari and Taro – with whom he also loves to spend time. He recalls one of the greatest summers ever. “My granddaughter Noa was 12 and she got into the American Ballet Theater’s summer intensive program. That summer she stayed with Paula and me, and every morning we’d get on the LIRR and go into the city. After class, I’d pick her up. She would be hungry so I’d stop at Barnes & Noble and get her a chocolate chunk cookie and a lemonade. On the train ride home, she’d sit reading her book, drinking her lemonade, eating her cookie and I just looked at her and thought, ‘boy, am I lucky.’”

-Dyson Digital Digest, Spring 2013

 To view a great slide show of Professor Raskin’s past 50 years at Pace, click here.

2013 Allan Rabinowitz Scholarship

At the Spring 2013 Advisory Board meeting, the MS in Publishing prorgam awarded the first Allan Rabinowitz Scholarship to a graduate student.  Award recipient, Diana Cavallo, will be graduating from the program this May.   This scholarship was created to recognize the achievement of a student in the study of financial aspects of publishing, and will be awarded annually.


Allan Rabinowitz worked as a finance and accounting professional, a Professor of Accounting and Publishing at Pace University for 50 years, and a MS in Publishing Advisory Board member.  This scholarship was funded by very generous Advisory Board members after Prof. Rabinowitz announced his retirement last year.


Prof. Rabinowitz graduated from Pace as a Public Accounting major and became an Auditor for an international CPA firm.  He later held many different positions including, Vice President of Finance at Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc.,Vice President of Finance of Family Weekly, which is now known as USA Weekend, and Executive Vice President and Treasurer, and then President, of The Scribner Book Companies. 


As a Professor, he taught the Financial Aspects of Publishing since the program began and designed it around his personal experiences in magazines, books and newspaper industries’ accounting and finance departments.  The course introduces students to the basic concepts of accounting and finance, as it applies to the industry and helps them understand the budgeting process and how to read financial statements.

Read the rest of Allan Rabinowitz’s past interview with Prof. Denning.



Below is Diana Cavallo’s Award Acceptance Letter

I am very proud and honored to be the 2013 recipient of the Allan Rabinowitz Scholarship.  First I would like to thank the Advisory Board and Professor Sherman Raskin for granting me this honor.  The opportunity to gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the financial sector of the publishing industry has been invaluable.  I am very grateful to Professor Edward Monagle, for guiding me through the Financial Aspects of Publishing course and sharing his industry insights with the class.  He made exploring the finance world engaging and applicable to our future careers. 


Having grown up in New York City in an Italian-American immigrant family, my dream was to join the talented group of people who created the books that filled my childhood years.  The opportunities afforded to me by Pace University and Allan Rabinowitz Scholarship have helped me work toward achieving this goal.  As a Student Aide in the Publishing office, I am privileged to assist with our informational and engaging Publishing Blog and help facilitate program events. My recent experiences as a Simon & Schuster intern have allowed me to observe the inner workings of a very reputable publishing house and expand my knowledge of the Children’s and Young Adult genres.  As a Youth Representative to the United Nations for the Women’s National Book Association, I work to promote literacy, women’s rights and the important causes of the United Nations.


Thank you for acknowledging my commitment to academics and the publishing industry.


Diana Cavallo

Pace University, ‘13

Welcome Letter from Professor Raskin

Dear Colleagues and Graduate Students,


I hope you had a relaxing winter break.  Welcome back.  May I wish you a successful Spring 2013 semester. We have 23 newly enrolled students and 72 current students, a total of 95 students enrolled in the Publishing programs.  Please feel free to contact me or any of our faculty and staff if we can assist you in any way.  


Please mark your calendar for the second Arthur A. Levine Lecture on April 10, 2013 from 6-8PM. Mr. Levine is serving for the 2012-2013 academic year as the David Pecker Distinguished Visiting Professor.  His lecture will take place at the Midtown Executive Club at 40 West 45th Street from 6-8PM.  Another important date for new students is Monday, February 4th 2013.  We will hold an Orientation from 5-6PM outside the Multimedia Lab on the 8th Floor at 551 Fifth Avenue.  An invitation for both events will be forthcoming.  Current students are welcome to attend the Orientation session, but new students should definitely put this date on their calendar. 


My very best to you for a productive semester.



Sherman Raskin

Director, Publishing Program

Editorial Internship with Elite Traveler!

Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle magazine, is looking for an outstanding editorial intern to work three to four days a week, from January7th through the end of the semester. Candidates should be detail-oriented and independent workers who want to learn more about the editorial side of magazines.

Daily responsibilities will include:

  • Rsearching and fact-checking sourcing images for the art department
  • Helping to secure credit info
  • Writing for the web
  • An interest in fashion and/or travel is a major plus!


This is an unpaid internship and college credit is required.


Interested candidates, please send a cover letter stating your start date/availability, resume and 1-2 recent clips to Coleman Bentley at  Please CC Prof. Denning on your application email, as well.

Visiting Distinguished David Pecker Professor: Arthur A. Levine

Arthur A. Levine, Scholastic Vice-President, Publisher of Arthur A. Levine Books, and editor of the Harry Potter series, is the Visiting Distinguished David Pecker Professor  the 2012/2013 academic year for Pace’s MS in Publishing program.  On Wednesday, November 28th, he spoke at the Mid-town Executive Club to a full house of interested students, faculty and publishing professionals.  In his lecture entitled, “Publishing for Love” he shared some of his thoughts and stories about working in the dynamic world of children’s book publishing. 


In the blog post below, Tqwana Brown, a first semester student in the MS in Publishing program and a frequent blogger for this website, shares her insights on what was truly an inspirational evening.


Visiting Distinguished David Pecker Professor Lecture:
Arthur A. Levine
By: Tqwana Brown


If you were in attendance at the David Pecker Distinguished Professor lecture last Wednesday, then you had the privilege of hearing from Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine. And if you don’t know who that is, just pick up a copy of Harry Potter and look at the spine. Needless to say, there was probably a fair amount of hero-worship present in the Midtown Executive club that night – myself included.  In short, he is just simply great.


In a lecture titled “Publishing for Love”, Mr. Levine made us laugh, surprised us with his lovely singing voice, and most of all reaffirmed why many of us decided to enter the field of publishing.


While so many people are calling books a dying medium and predicting proverbial doom and gloom for the industry, Mr. Levine stood before a room of industry aspirants and gave us hope for the future, with his boyish optimism and his obvious passion for the traditional narrative. His view of the future isn’t quite so dire. While he recognizes the coming changes, he sees it as transitional rather than terminal; that we must “embrace the future, while staunchly defending the literary values of our past.” He sees opportunity where others see failure – the chance for online indie booksellers, eBooks never being out of print, with no shelf space limitations; more success for midlist books and smaller publishers and imprints.


Love and passion for good books, and his believe that “staying focused on my passions as a reader” are what he feels led to success. Many of us can agree that so far, it’s worked well for this self-described “emotional connection junkie”, from his acquisition of Red Wall by Brain Jacques and Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, to introducing J.K. Rowling to the U.S. audience.  He also acknowledged he’s a risk-taker, and as such has had failures, and life did not get easier for him after Potter.


Mr. Levine is a content-focused man. For him, “stories become art through love, and art becomes business through love.” He still looks for stories with strong emotional narratives and great writing, how a book makes him feel. In his view, the enhanced narrative is not necessarily the improved narrative. As proof, he gave us the analogy of Adele performing at the Grammy’s. Just her voice, no dancing, light shows, nothing to distract from the narrative. For him, the task of authors remains the same. They must “make a narrative connection with readers, though qualities that are not specific to the 21st century or any century; qualities like emotional honesty, specific observation, and tension that is built and resolved at the ideal pace. “


And his advice to us is simple – to hear the story first; to stay focused on reading what we love, because “what we love is what other readers will love too. “


The night ended almost too soon, with Mr. Levine taking a few questions for the audience, and again telling us to find what excites us, find where our love and passion is. “If you’re a reader”, he says, “You already know what other people want to read.” Trusting my instincts, knowing what I love, and judging manuscripts on how powerful my response is what I and the rest of the room took away from Mr. Levine’s speech. I think I can speak for all of us at Pace when I say that we are eagerly awaiting his spring lecture.


For those of you who would like to learn a bit more about Mr. Levine, here are a few links to video interviews with him:

1. Editor as Writer: A Conversation with Arthur A. Levine

2. Arthur Levine Launches the Second Scholastic Question

3. Meet Arthur A. Levine

Alumni in the Spotlight: November 2012

Tara Hart has worked with the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. since starting as an intern in May 2008.  She joined the agency full time as the Contracts and Royalties Manager in September of that year.  Her primary responsibilities involve the negotiation of contract and processing of payments, as well as managing our internship program. In addition she has been working to evaluate the various options in the reprint arena and to successfully relaunch various titles into the marketplace.  To this end she has shepherded over eighty titles through the republication process and is looking forward to seeing many of these titles live again.  She earned her BA from Niagara University and her Masters in Publishing from Pace University. 


Prof. Denning:  Hi Tara and thank you for agreeing to do this interview.  It has been two years since you graduated from the MS in Publishing program.  What have you been doing professionally and personally since then?
Tara: I have been working at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc as the Contracts and Royalties Manager since the fall of 2008.  I handle the negotiation of all our domestic contracts and work with my colleagues in negotiating film, audio and translation agreements. I also have been working to explore reprint opportunities for our back-list and to date have placed over 80 titles back into the market.



Prof. Denning:  How has the publishing industry changed since you began your career? What was the work environment like then, as opposed to now, in terms of job opportunities?

Tara: I think that the publishing industry is facing more challenges since I began working in 2008, especially with the economic downturn, which led to a spate of layoffs and highly qualified people competing for similar jobs as new entrants to publishing. That said, I also think that this is a time of great opportunity for people who are willing to experiment, take chances, and make a difference and who are passionate about great books and introducing them to readers.  There are new opportunities to reach readers in new ways, to change the way people read and to effect the way the world thinks of books.



Prof. Denning:  How did your educational experience at Pace prepare you for your career in publishing?

Tara:  I strove in my time at Pace to take as many different types of classes as possible, while being aware of the strengths I possessed.  I also tried to make as many connections as possible with my fellow classmates and professors. This industry is one of personal connections, and using Pace as a starting point, I have founded friendships and professional connections that have served me well since leaving the program.



Prof. Denning:  What was the topic of your thesis paper?  What advice would you give to students who still have to write their papers?

Tara:  My paper was on the terms of the proposed Google Books Settlement back in 2009. I decided to write on this topic as I was getting inundated with paperwork regarding the proposed settlement and realized that many authors and people in publishing had no idea what the settlement was about. I also wanted to address some of the issues I saw with the way it was worked out.  As for students who are still working on figuring out their topic, I would recommend that they read the industry news, in either Publisher’s Marketplace, Publisher’s Weekly or the New York Times Book Review, and try to identify areas that interest them.



Prof. Denning:  Have you always been interested publishing?  Where did that passion come from?
Tara: I wouldn’t say I’ve always been interested in publishing. I’ve always been interested in books and I tried for several years to foster an interest in being a librarian, including enrolling in a graduate program at the University of Albany- but it never felt like the right fit.  I was trolling through my local B&N and all of a sudden it hit me- where do books come from?! That brain storm led me to explore graduate programs in publishing and to attend the Pace program.


Prof. Denning:  What were some of the highlights of your graduate experience?

Tara:  Obviously, my internship with JVNLA was a huge step in the direction of establishing a career in publishing. I worked with Jennifer over the course of a summer in reorganizing several filing systems in the office, and I showed an aptitude for contracts and a desire to learn more. At the end of the summer, I was offered a full time position working on contacts and royalties, as the agent who had been handling these areas moved to another literary agency.  In addition, I was able to connect with Michael Healey, who was the head of the Book Rights Registry at the time, to discuss the Google Books Settlement in detail since he was the David Pecker  Distinguished Visiting Professor of Publishing at Pace at the time. It was invaluable to speak with him and my interview with him gave my thesis an extra level of detail.



Prof. Denning:  How have you been involved in the program since graduating?  How do you feel that the program prepared you to work within a literary agency and with contracts?

Tara: I have spoken in General Interest Books classes for Professor Soares over the last two years, both in class and in online forums. I also try to pay it forward by interviewing and hiring Pace students as interns, when possible.



 Prof Denning:  Can you tell us a bit about Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. and what it is like working there?  Do you enjoy working with contracts? 

Tara:  The number one thing I love about working at JVNLA is the books my colleagues work on. We represent authors who write everything, from picture books to serious non-fiction and anything in between. An added bonus is that I work with really amazing people, who each bring their own experience and expertise to the agency. We are a very collaborative office which makes it a pleasure to come to work. I enjoy working with contracts. I like fighting for my clients, to ensure that they get the best contract possible and then being there to explain the terms when authors have concerns or questions. While I didn’t know what I would end up doing when I decided to explore a career in publishing, I think that this job was the best possible one for me as I love creating order out of disorder.



Prof. Denning:  What is something you wish people knew about agents and agencies?   Do you come across many misconceptions? 

Tara:  I think for people outside of the publishing industry, they just don’t know what agents do in general. I find myself saying things like “Well did you ever see Jerry Maguire? Well, its sort of like that….but for authors and books.”  For people in the publishing industry, I think they understand what we do overall but they may not truly understand the breadth of our job. We are the author’s advocate, often their first editor (outside of their critque group) and, at least at JVNLA, we are there through thick and thin. We view ourselves as their partner for their career and take that very seriously.


Prof. Denning:  Tell us a bit about what your job entails and some of your duties? 

Tara:  To be honest, I have a long list of things that I do here. We joke that in literary agencies, and a small office to boot, we all wear many hats! I work with our agents to negotiate contract terms, enter the accepted deals into our database, negotiate contracts, route paperwork, and process payments and royalty statements. I also negotiate permissions for our clients’ work and deal with all of that paperwork. I manage our internship program, from connecting with various schools around the country to interviewing and checking references, and then I oversee our interns when they are in the office.  I have also been working extensively in our back-list program and have placed many titles back into the marketplace, with a long list waiting to be submitted. To date, we have over 80 titles placed with publishers, and I am enjoying the process of working with authors on titles that they think the world has forgotten. Lastly, I also read submissions and client manuscripts for the agents in the office.


Prof. Denning: As the number of book-to-movie adaptations continues to skyrocket, have you seen a change in the way contracts are negotiated? Have you had the opportunity to work on this type of document yet?

Tara:  I have seen that film contracts are still basically the same- but studios are only interested in projects that either touched them personally or made a lot of money already.  I have seen more change in publishing contracts as the increased desire to “enhance” eBooks can lead to consternation in the film industry, especially when the word “multi-media” is used in book contracts. I have worked with the contracts departments of various publishers to ensure that, in the event of conflict with these rights the publisher will work with us and the film company to resolve any problems.



Prof. Denning:  How does technology/social media fit into your current job?  Does the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency use a Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn to communicate with authors, publishers and readers?

Tara:  We use all forms of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Pinterest. Each of us has our own twitter account, as well as one handled by our VP who tweets for the agency. As for Facebook, we have both a profile and a fan page, which I help manage. We take our social media very seriously and want to manage the way our agency and clients are perceived as much as possible. We also see our own use of social media as an added benefit for our clients, as we are familiar with each of these sites and can help our clients use them to the best possible advantage.



Prof Denning:  What do you think the future holds for book publishers?  Do you think the launch of designated ebook readers, iPads and Kindles have forever changed publishing in a positive or negative way?
Tara: I think that people decrying the death of the book are sorely mistaken. While I have concerns about the way eBook pricing will impact publishing, along with the DOJ case and settlement, I think that the written word has a long life and these new formats can only help get more people into reading. As long as people are reading in some way or form, I’m happy.



Prof. Denning:  Do think that any genre in particular has benefited from the increased use of ebooks/reading devices? 

Tara: Its been pretty clear that genre readers, primarily romance and science fiction/fantasy readers have been the quickest to convert to eBook reading. It’s also slowly moving into most areas of fiction. Non-fiction has been the hardest to convert readers, but I do think that it will happen, though perhaps not to the same extent. I was just reading the most recent Pew Survey, which seems to suggest that we will see a leveling off on eReader and eBook adoption in the next 3-5 years, which will be interesting.



Prof: Denning:  What do you think the biggest trends in book publishing are today?  What are the biggest challenges that publishers face as a result of these trends?

Tara: I think that self-publishing is one of the largest challenges to traditional publishing currently, but in the end it may end up being a boon as readers get tired of sifting through thousands upon thousands of books to find that some are so poorly written that they don’t even justify the $2.99 price the customer paid. That said, I do think that publishers should look at ways to justify themselves to their authors, by looking again at escalators for trade paperbacks and for eBook sales and in putting together marketing and publicity plans that involve more than an Author chat on Twitter or a blog tour.



Prof. Denning:  Would you like to speculate on the future ebooks?  Books in general?  What areas to you think will be the most impacted (textbooks, childrens, trade, graphic novels, romance etc.)?
Tara:  I find the idea of all electronic text books to be slightly challenging but it may end up being the wave of the future as school budgets are cut as it may be more cost effective to by a software license as opposed to new physical books.  I do think that childrens picture books, graphic novels and comics have huge potential in the eBook market with the advent of new devices, such as the Kindle Fire and the iPad, allowing for fixed layouts and engagement with image focused content in ways not previously possible in electronic formats. I also feel that Picture books will not necessarily see the same cannibalism as other print sales have seen. Its not as enjoyable to cuddle up with your iPad and read your child a bedtime story- but its awfully handy at a restaurant to hand Little Johnny or Suzy your iPad for them to read Curious George instead of letting them play Angry Birds. 



Prof. Denning:  What do you think the essential skills our students need to leave the program with in order to succeed in the industry?
Tara: I think anyone entering the world of publishing at the moment needs to be willing to experiment and take chances. This industry is at a cross roads and needs new ideas and a willingness to fail in order to emerge stronger and more vibrant.



Prof. Denning:  Any other advice you would like to offer up to our students?

Tara: Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to a speaker, to ask a question or try something a little different. You never know when you are going to meet someone who is looking for a person just like you to fill a spot in their company. Remember that this industry is one of personalities and personal connections. It’s important to keep that in mind as you never know when you will come across that person again.


Thank you very much for your time and insights!