Internships: Spring, Summer, And Fall Semesters

Princeton University Press offers unpaid internships in several areas of publishing. These internships can qualify for course credit - please check with your course advisor. Internships are for one semester and require you to be present an average of 15 hours per week.

Contracts, Copyrights and Permissions Internship

Job Title: Contracts, Copyrights and Permissions Intern
Department: General & Administrative
Reports To: Contracts, Copyrights and Permissions Assistant


CCP Interns work closely with the CCP Assistant to register copyright for all published works with the Library of Congress as well as process all author contracts. The position is an opportunity to become familiar with, and to participate in, the tasks which go into maintaining the contractual transparency and accuracy of a major university press.

Essential Functions

  1. Scans and maintains contracts in digital form on the "Q" drive and in hard copy for storage.
  2. Attends monthly editorial meetings to gain insight into the permissions acquiring process.
  3. Helps keep a chronological archive of PUP's Copyright Certificates.
  4. Ships books for which the Library of Congress registration process has been initiated.
  5. Completes all other duties as assigned or requested for the general support of the organization.


The Contracts, Copyright and Permissions Intern reports to the Contracts, Copyright and Permissions Assistant on a day-to-day basis.

Challenges and Opportunities

This job provides exposure to a dynamic area of publishing - intellectual property. Since the CCP Intern will be exposed to every stage of a book: from "birth" (author contract & third-party permissions), to publication (copyright registration, licensing, permissions, defense of its copyright, resolution of claims), to its "demise" (reversion to author), this position offers the opportunity to see how every department at this publishing house, other publishers, non-profit organizations, and authors work.


  1. Must be attending a four-year college or university.
  2. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  3. Attention to detail, organization, and the ability to multi-task.
  4. Research skills, using digital, verbal and printed resources.
  5. Knowledge of Access, Word, Excel PowerPoint and Outlook a plus.

Physical Demands

The work environment is a typical office environment with heavy computer use.

To Apply

To apply for this internship, send your resume to

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File created February 11, 2013