For those of you who are interested in an internship centered in academia, the Society for Scholarly Publishing has a list of internships on their website that links for a wide array of available internships in the academic fields.
Offerings available include positions at Anthem Press, Columbia University Press, MIT Press, and Oxford University Press, among many others.
Click here to peruse the complete list.
Bernie Stukenborg is a publishing professional who has worked in journal production and publishing for twenty years. He has been involved in the Society for Scholarly Publishing for nearly twelve years and has chaired the SSP Membership Committee, where he has been an active participant, for the past six years. Mr. Stukenborg’s passion is helping publishers address business and production challenges – this he does via his sales role with Dartmouth Journal Services, a Sheridan Group company. Due to his commitment to the Society, he wrote a piece for the blog telling us about the organization. Enjoy!
Thank you to Andrea Baron for the opportunity to enter the Pace MS Publishing blogosphere! After a very stimulating cup of coffee with Andrea and reading many entries in your dynamic blog, I am thrilled to find a vibrant community of students and professionals interested in a wide range of publishing forms and flavors. Please allow me to introduce you to a related community – the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP).
SSP is a group of 1,000+ members who are passionate about scholarly communication – editors, compositors, publishers, printers, online hosts, librarians, mobile app developers and many more – from those who are brand-new in the field to seasoned executives who are leaders of large and prestigious organizations. Our members work in nonprofit societies, professional publishing companies and other commercial enterprises, universities and pharmaceutical companies – anywhere scholarly content is created, refined and disseminated.
Every day, a handful of our most prominent members write about “what’s hot and cooking in scholarly publishing” via our blog: The Scholarly Kitchen. In 2010, it was nominated for a Webby in the Blog – Business category. Always thought-provoking, well written, and authoritative, it’s a great way to stay up-to-date with issues that concern everyone working in scholarly communications – you’re guaranteed to find a daily dose of highly caffeinated content to sip on throughout the day!
We meet face-to-face throughout the year, and our showcase is the annual meeting where, on average, over 700 people gather to discuss market trends, swap experiences with new workflows and share ideas about emerging business models. Coffee breaks and evening receptions provide networking opportunities, a vital component to
the meeting, and collegial friendships spring up as members serendipitously meet, discover common ground, and become trusted professional contacts who continue to communicate after the meeting concludes. This year’s conference – Social, Mobile, Agile, Global: Are You Ready? – promises to be our best yet and will equip attendees to navigate the significant challenges that lie ahead in this rapidly changing culture. If you are interested in obtaining a free day pass to the meeting, to be held in Arlington, VA (May 30 – June 1), please let me know, and I will facilitate this and be happy to host you for a day.
Other opportunities to connect in person include our spring, Library Focus Group where librarians panel discussions about topics that are current to scholarly publishing. In the fall, we host an innovation conference where we invite people from outside our niche to share case studies and stimulate discussions on intersecting business models, technologies and methodologies.
In addition to these many activities, members use their association with SSP to find and post job opportunities via our Job Bank, and there’s also a handy Scholarly Communications Internships page n our website where we provide links to multiple internship and practicum opportunities all over the country. And, as an SSP member, there are also numerous opportunities to get involved with the organization, for example, by serving on one of our 14 committees.
In my experience, you would be hard pressed to find a professional group that is more collegial, engaging and vibrant! I invite you to join us, network with us and contribute to SSP throughout your scholarly communications career. We will learn together as we navigate the sea of change that is streaming through the publishing world.
Feel free to contact me via email or LinkedIn with questions about how SSP can be a catalyst to your career and/or to discuss the benefits of Student Membership. And don’t forget to let me know if you’re interested in a free day pass to this year’s annual meeting – I hope to see you there!