Careers in Publishing

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Looking for an entry level job or internship in publishing? This is an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have relevant entry level and internship opportunities.

The word’s still out on whether publishing’s a dying business, but if you dream of working with books every day, a job in publishing may be for you.

Publishing Careers

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Most entry-level jobs in publishing are at an assistant or associate level, depending on how much experience you have going in. While a job as an editor or agent springs to mind immediately, a publishing house has other departments in addition to the standard finance, human resources, and technology departments. Some other areas you could work in include:

  • Sales
  • Publicity
  • Contracts and Legal
  • Marketing
  • Production
  • Design

There are lots of publishing presses beyond the big ones, so keep your mind open to a small press when looking for a publishing job. To get a job in publishing, a love of books is practically required. Beyond that, have a degree in a relevant field, excellent communication and writing skills, and an internship or two. And be prepared to talk about what you’re reading in your interview.

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Companies with Entry Level Jobs and Internships in Publishing

Northstar Travel Media Logo

Northstar Travel Media - Northstar Travel Media is a Secaucus, NJ based “business information and marketing solutions provider to the $300 billion U.S. travel, tourism and meetings industries.”

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DaveRamsey - The Lampo Group is Dave Ramsey's Brentwood, TN based company that provides "biblically based, common-sense education and empowerment" with a focus on finance.

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nrelate - nrelate is an NYC based company that "helps Publishers give their readers an easy way to find more great content from within their site or from around the web."

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FierceMarkets Logo

FierceMarkets - FierceMarkets is a Washington, DC based company that specializes in business-to-business media, publications, and marketing.

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Hanley Wood - Washington, DC based Hanley Wood is “the premier media, event, information and strategic marketing services company serving the residential and commercial design and construction industries.”

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Well+Good Logo

Well+Good - Well+Good is an NYC based company that was started by two journalists “to answer all the questions friends wanted to know about health, beauty, fitness, and well-being.”

See the complete Well+Good profile


Tinypass Logo

Tinypass - Tinypass is an NYC based company that believes "that bloggers, magazines, newspapers, and all creators shouldn’t have so much trouble making money online.”

See the complete Tinypass profile


Oxford University Press Logo

Oxford University Press - Oxford University Press is “the world’s largest university press with the widest global presence” and has U.S. offices in New York, NY and Cary, NC.

See the complete Oxford University Press profile


Taboola Logo

Taboola - Taboola is a New York, NY based company that publishers, marketers, and agencies use to retain users, monetize traffic, and distribute content.

See the complete Taboola profile


Issuu Logo

Issuu - Issuu is a Palo Alto, CA and Copenhagen, Denmark based company that has built “the world’s fastest growing digital publishing platform."

See the complete Issuu profile


Kramerica Industries Logo

Kramerica Industries - Kramerica Industries is a New York, NY based energy, fashion, food, tourism, and housing conglomerate that is in the business of thinking up new ventures.

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Wiley Logo

Wiley - Wiley is a Hoboken, NJ based “global publishing company that specializes in academic publishing and markets."

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The New Press Logo

The New Press - The New Press is an NYC non-profit that “publishes books that promote and enrich public discussion and understanding of the issues vital to our democracy."

See the complete The New Press profile


Advantage Business Media Logo

Advantage Business Media - Advantage Business Media is a Rockaway, NJ based “digital business-to-business information company” that “has successfully transitioned" from print to digital.

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1105 Media Logo

1105 Media - 1105 Media is a Chatsworth, CA based company that “provides integrated business-to-business information and media.”

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NewsCred - NewsCred is an NYC based company that "sources and licenses trusted content across a broad range of subjects and perspectives.”

See the complete NewsCred profile


eMarketer Logo

eMarketer - eMarketer is an NYC based company that "publishes data, analysis and insights on digital marketing, media and commerce."

See the complete eMarketer profile


Forbes Logo

Forbes - Forbes has some great opportunities for new grads, so check them out and get started on making that billionaires list.

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Highlights Logo

Highlights - Highlights is a Columbus, OH company that develops products for children with a common theme: “Fun with a Purpose.” Right now they're hiring for a few positions

See the complete Highlights profile


American Institute of Physics Logo

American Institute of Physics - The American Institute of Physics is a non-profit that promotes “the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics," and they're hiring.

See the complete American Institute of Physics profile


Inkling Logo

Inkling - Inkling is a San Francisco, CA based company that makes interactive textbooks for iPads, and they're hiring for quite a few positions.

See the complete Inkling profile


Macmillan Logo

Macmillan - Macmillan is the public face of a ton of U.S. publishers owned by a German media company, and they have a ridiculous number of job opportunities.

See the complete Macmillan profile


Globe Pequot Press Logo

Globe Pequot Press - Globe Pequot Press is a Guilford, CT based publisher that covers Outdoor Life, Regional Interest, Special Interests, and Travel, and they're hiring.

See the complete Globe Pequot Press profile


Songtrust Logo

Songtrust - Songtrust helps musicians with rights management and royalty collection, and they have some great job opportunities.

See the complete Songtrust profile


O'Reilly Media Logo

O’Reilly Media - O'Reilly Media is a Sebastopol, CA based publishing company that produces tons of content related to the web and technology and they're hiring.

See the complete O’Reilly Media profile


BookRenter Logo

BookRenter.com - Do textbook prices infuriate you? If so, you may want to consider a job with BookRenter.com in San Mateo, CA.

See the complete BookRenter.com profile


Time Out Logo

Time Out - Time Out is a publishing company that focuses on local travel guides and magazines. They have quite a few exciting job opportunities.

See the complete Time Out profile


Crain Communications Logo

Crain Communications - Crain Communications is a publisher that covers all kinds of different business niches, and they have some really exciting career opportunities.

See the complete Crain Communications profile


Lulu Logo

Lulu - If you like how Lulu is opening up publishing to everyone, then you should check out their job opportunities.

See the complete Lulu profile


Author Solutions Logo

Author Solutions - If you're interested in working in self-publishing, Author Solutions is the biggest name in the industry and has a ton of job opportunities.

See the complete Author Solutions profile


Complex Media Network Logo

Complex Media Network - If you’re a true “influential 20-something male consumer” or you want work in a business that focuses them, check out jobs at Complex Media Network.

See the complete Complex Media Network profile


Goodreads Logo

Goodreads - If you love books and want to be a part of what Goodreads is doing, check out their current job opportunities.

See the complete Goodreads profile


Outbrain Logo

Outbrain - If you're interested in helping people find interesting content and helping publishers better monetize their content, check out jobs at Outbrain.

See the complete Outbrain profile


GigaOm Logo

GigaOm - GigaOm intends to spend a big portion of their newly acquired capital on hiring to expand GigaOm Pro, so you need to check them out.

See the complete GigaOm profile


Network Communications Inc. Logo

Network Communications, Inc. - If you’re interested in working at the intersection of media and real estate, then check out jobs at Network Communications, Inc.

See the complete Network Communications, Inc. profile


Center for Science in the Public Interest Logo

Center for Science in the Public Interest - If you’re big on nutrition, then a job at the Center for Science in the Public Interest might be exactly what you're looking for.

See the complete Center for Science in the Public Interest profile


Freedom House Logo

Freedom House - If you're up for "opposing tyranny around the world," then a job with Freedom House, based in Washington, D.C., would be a great fit for you!

See the complete Freedom House profile


Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Logo

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia - If you enjoy Martha Stewart and want to work on the media or merchandise side, you definitely need to take a look at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s Careers.

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Central Intelligence Agency Logo

Central Intelligence Agency - Today is a good day to be an American and a good day to think about career opportunities with the CIA that will allow you to serve your country.

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StarChefs Logo

StarChefs - StarChefs is a magazine “for food and wine-savvy consumers and an essential information resource for aspiring professional chefs,” and they're hiring.

See the complete StarChefs profile


Shecky's Logo

Shecky’s - If Shecky’s resonates with you and you know the importance of having a strong group of girlfriends, then take a look at jobs at Shecky’s.

See the complete Shecky’s profile


Reader's Digest Logo

Reader’s Digest Association - It’s hard to say what's ahead for Reader’s Digest Association, but I think that there’s a big opportunity for entry level talent to help mold the future.

See the complete Reader’s Digest Association profile


38 Studios Logo

38 Studios - 38 Studios is “combining the ages-old art of the story with 21st century interactive entertainment" and they're hiring lots of people to help achieve this.

See the complete 38 Studios profile


Simon & Schuster Logo

Simon & Schuster - If you’re intrigued by what Simon & Schuster is doing to maintain (or improve) their position in the trade publishing industry, then check out their Jobs page.

See the complete Simon & Schuster profile


The Taunton Press Logo

The Taunton Press - Based in Newton, CT, The Taunton Press may be a great place to work if you're interested in their topical areas or interested in publishing in general.

See the complete The Taunton Press profile


Seeing Interactive Logo

Seeing Interactive - If you want to help the newspaper industry stay viable and continue to be a part of local communities, then Seeing Interactive is the place for you.

See the complete Seeing Interactive profile


Alloy Media + Marketing Logo

Alloy Media + Marketing - Alloy Media + Marketing is headquartered in NYC and specializes in targeted youth media and promotional programs. They operate a few businesses in those areas.

See the complete Alloy Media + Marketing profile


The Elf on the Shelf

The Elf on the Shelf - The Elf on the Shelf doesn't have a Jobs page, but sending a letter to Santa might just get you what you're looking for.

See the complete The Elf on the Shelf profile


Wetpaint Logo

Wetpaint - Based in Seattle, WA, Wetpaint began as a wiki farm but has transitioned to "host both user-generated and professionally created content."

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Adventure Publishing Group Logo

Adventure Publishing Group - If you’re immature like me, but you’d like to do something more mature with your childlike tendencies, then you might want to check out Adventure Publishing.

See the complete Adventure Publishing Group profile


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