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Internships and Work Experience

Internships: Cambridge and New York

Occasionally we have openings for internships in our Cambridge and New York offices, which offer a great opportunity for people looking to begin their careers in publishing. Interns gain an insight into the operations of a global publishing house, as well as valuable contacts and hands-on experience, which can be instrumental in gaining employment.

Positions may be available in editorial, production, marketing, sales and IT, across our main publishing groups: Academic, English Language Teaching and Education.

Register your interest here, telling us which areas you are particularly interested in. You’ll receive an automated response in the first instance, acknowledging receipt of your application. We will contact you again, should a suitable position become available.

Work experience: Cambridge

We are pleased to announce details of our UK work experience placements for Year 10 students, which will take place between 10 and 14 July 2017. We encourage you to apply, even if you had not previously considered a career in publishing. The experience of applying and maybe having an interview will be valuable, particularly in your post-16 preparations. If you are successful, any of the placements will help you to:

  • Take a step into work, removing the ‘fear factor’
  • Work on real-world projects, with an international organisation
  • Develop transferrable skills you can include in future applications and take anywhere
  • Be an equal, valued member of a team
  • Experience how work differs from school

See below for further details about the roles available, and to find out how to apply.

Very best of luck – we look forward to hearing from you!

10 – 14 July 2017

We are pleased to offer ten placements for Year 10 students this summer. Nine of the ten placements will be based at our main office, University Printing House, Shaftesbury Road. The Bookshop placement will be based at the Press Bookshop at 1 Trinity Street, with occasional sessions at University Printing House.

How to apply:

• Choose ONE placement (the one which appeals to you most)
• Write a cover letter in Word format, telling us about your skills, experience and why this placement appeals to you
• Email your letter to workexperience@cambridge.org. You are welcome to send your CV if you have one, but this is not essential

Timings:

• Friday, 28 April - deadline for applications
• Week commencing Monday, 8 May - interview invitations will be sent
• Week commencing Monday, 22 May - interviews will take place late afternoon
• Week commencing Tuesday, 30 May - successful candidates will be informed about their placements

Bookshop

The Press Bookshop is unique. Owned and operated by Cambridge University Press it is the only official bookshop and showroom the Press has in the world. Dedicated to selling Cambridge University Press products, it occupies the oldest bookshop site in the country, where books have been continuously sold since 1581. This placement involves lots of interaction with the public and a large team of colleagues. Tasks may include:

• Pricing stock
• Assisting with deliveries
• Database work
• Marketing
• Customer service

This placement will be ideal if you would like to work in a retail or sales environment, if you have good customer service skills, good standard of literacy and numeracy and basic computer skills.

Communications and Community Engagement

The Communications team at Cambridge University Press looks after all of the external and internal communications to ensure that all of the people we work with, customers, students, teachers and the media stay up to date with all of our news and developments. Communications colleagues work closely with Community Engagement, who look after the Press’s outreach activities. Tasks may include:

• Writing a news story
• Writing a press release to send to the media
• Writing a tweet to use on our social media accounts
• Researching and selecting photos
• Attending team and project meetings
• Helping to promote volunteering opportunities community work with schools
• Supporting charitable activities

This placement would be suited to anyone with an interest in writing who would like to learn more about communications, the media and publishing.

Design, English Language Teaching

The Design team in the English Language Teaching department at Cambridge University Press is responsible for the concept design of all our product and marketing materials, for both print and digital platforms. We create designs for all markets around the world and work on content for students learning English from the age of 3 up to adult learners. We work closely with many different teams in the department such as editorial, marketing and production, as well as working with external designers and illustrators. Tasks may include:

• Researching current design and illustration trends in our key markets
• Attending design meetings and being able to give your own opinions and ideas on concept designs
• Working on creative briefs with members of the team and coming up with your own designs for current projects
• Developing mood boards to support the design work

This placement will be ideal for you if you are interested in Art and Design and would like to learn more about the creative roles that are available within the Publishing industry. 

Editorial, Education

The Education department at Cambridge University Press publishes around 400 titles a year. Our output ranges from print textbooks to enhanced eBooks, primary reading schemes and online courses. The Content team works to develop these materials to ensure that they are suited to the teaching needs of schools around the world. We work closely with internal Commissioning, Design and Production teams and with hundreds of external authors, freelancers and reviewers.

We are looking for an engaged, individual with a passion for education. Tasks may include:

• Researching and selecting photos
• Checking digital proofs
• Researching teaching news and reporting back to the team
• Editing manuscripts
• Attending team and project meetings

This placement would be suited to anyone with an interest in editing who would like to learn more about international book and digital publishing.

Editorial, English Language Teaching

The Primary team in the English Language Teaching department at Cambridge University Press is responsible for publishing learning materials for Pre-Primary and Primary learners of English across the world. We work closely with many different teams, including Marketing, Design and Sales, as well as working closely with external authors, editors, designers and illustrators. We are a global team, working together with colleagues in Cambridge, Madrid and Mexico City. Tasks may include:

• Checking and commenting on draft illustrations
• Checking and requesting amendments to proofs
• Researching and selecting photos
• Copy editing manuscripts for handover to Production
• Attending team and project meetings
• Researching current competitor products, with a particular focus on digital tools
• Collating and summarising feedback from piloting and reviews

This placement will be ideal for you if you are interested in discovering how language learning and teaching materials are developed, and if would like to know more about the Editorial and Product Marketing roles available within the Publishing industry.

Marketing, Science, Technology and Medicine Journals

The Science, Technology and Medicine (STM) Institutional Marketing team promote journals to the end customer (students, lecturers, academic researchers and practitioners) worldwide. This is achieved through a range of activities, including: email marketing, social media, exposure at key conferences, print and digital advertising.

This placement will be ideal for someone who is keen to learn how a Marketing Executive works on a global scale, will give insight into integrated global marketing campaigns, and experience in the use of digital marketing to promote content. The successful applicant will be working on areas across Science, Medicine and Engineering. However, an interest in general marketing is more important than subject knowledge. Tasks may include:

• Assisting with conference preparation
• Research Projects - subject research for potential new campaigns
• Social Media work - learning Hootsuite, blogging (WordPress) content creation
• Website - updating subject pages
• Creating images for online promotion

This placement will be ideal for you if you are interested in general marketing, not necessarily in publishing; if you have an interest in digital marketing and an understanding of the most popular social media channels. Anyone who enjoys writing or design would also find it a useful experience working in this team.

Marketing, Social Sciences Books

The Social Sciences Retail Marketing team promote print and eBooks to the end customer (students, lecturers, academic researchers, practitioners and general readers) worldwide. This is achieved through a range of activities, including: email marketing, social media, exposure at key conferences, print and digital advertising.

This placement will be ideal for someone who is keen to learn how a Marketing Executive works on a global scale, will give insight into global marketing campaigns, and experience in the use of digital marketing in selling books. The candidate will be working on Economics, Business, Management, Sociology, Anthropology, Linguistics and Psychology books. However, it is not essential to have prior knowledge of these subjects. Tasks may include:

• Assisting with conference preparation
• Review Lists - updating the Global Marketing System
• Research Projects - subject research for potential new campaigns
• Social Media work - learning Hootsuite, scheduling book announcements and reviews, reporting, content creation
• Website - updating subject pages
• Setting up Google AdWords
• Google – Search Engine Optimisation keyword research
• Google Analytics reporting

This placement will be ideal for you if you are interested in general marketing, not necessarily in publishing; if you have an interest in digital marketing and an understanding of the most popular social media channels. Anyone who enjoys writing, photography or film would also find it a useful experience working in this team.

Marketing Communications and Brand, English Language Teaching

The ELT Marketing Communications and Brand team promotes courses, resources and services to language schools and institutions worldwide. Along with individual titles that specifically focus on the learning of English as a foreign language, the team is also responsible for building and promoting the overall Cambridge ELT brand proposition. This is done through creating materials for regional marketing and sales teams, as well as directly marketing to customers through digital content, articles, events, social media and email. This placement will be ideal for someone who is keen to witness how Marketing theory is applied in a real-life setting on a global scale. It will provide hands-on experience in copywriting, developing design briefs and working across departments to achieve a goal. Tasks may include:

• Assisting in event follow-up activities including social media and email
• Producing or preparing presentations to brand guidelines
• Desk research of marketing communication campaigns and social influencers
• Providing support on social media campaigns
• Getting an understanding of our CRM, CMS and email systems

This placement is ideal for anyone interested in a career in marketing, who is active on social media and enjoys writing. 

Procurement

The Procurement team’s scope is to ensure that the Press manages risk in its business from a supplier perspective through good contracts and appropriate checks on suppliers. We have to ensure that the Press gets value for money for all of its external spend. The team do this in a number of ways including negotiating new deals and contracts, and seeking out the best partners for the future who can give us the best balance of cost and service.

The placement is ideal for any student who wishes to work in a business or commercial based environment - it will give you a small glimpse into the world of business, the impact things have on financial performance and how procurement influences the shape of a business. Tasks may include:

• Undertaking some internet research into some products and services
• Making changes to the Procurement intranet site and Management Information System
• Creating, issuing and analysing a survey to selected people to get feedback on Procurement
• Shadowing a Procurement Manager in negotiations and/or stakeholder engagements

This placement will be ideal for you if you are articulate and confident with good IT skills, are adept at using the internet and have a curious mind.

Projects Office

The Projects Office is a central project management function within the Press. We are a team of around 25 and our purpose is to work with all parts of the organisation to govern and deliver business and technology projects.

The placement is a great opportunity for any student looking to gain an insight into the role of a project manager and the operation of a Projects Office department. Tasks may include:

• Shadowing a project manager in project team meetings
• Writing up meeting notes and project reports
• Assisting with project planning activities
• Working on our department intranet site
• Conducting analysis of our portfolio of projects

This placement will be ideal for you if you are confident, flexible, driven and organised. It will help if you have some familiarity with Microsoft software such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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