Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Oxford University Press

Summer 2016 

Position: Editorial Intern
Student: English Sophomore

My experience as an editorial intern in the Reference department at Oxford University Press was a valuable introduction to the world of academic publishing. Due to the nature of the content produced by my department, my tasks were predominantly digital, working to maintain OUP’s online scholarly research databases. The majority of my duties included updating author profiles to improve online discoverability, logging author contracts, and creating database records of forthcoming works.

My hours at OUP mimicked a typical workday, arriving at 9:00 AM and departing at 5:00 PM. I was expected to come into the office every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and was given an hour each day for lunch. The OUP environment is professional and productive yet also extremely flexible. As long as I completed my assignments on time, I was free to construct my day as I wished. The rapport between employees was friendly and familiar. Immediately, I felt welcomed into the department.

In an effort to expose interns to the multiple other facets of academic publishing, OUP organized several intern events throughout the summer where we met with the heads of the various other departments. These meetings allowed us to catch a glimpse of other areas that we might be interested in pursuing and to expand our scope beyond the relatively narrow lens of Reference. Overall, OUP is a wonderful work environment with many opportunities that show their investment in their interns’ interests and future success.

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