Graduate Assistant, Diversity Fellow, and Interns

Northwestern University Press Graduate Assistantship
The 2021-2022 application cycle is now closed.

The Northwestern University Press Graduate Assistantship is a competitive twelve-month position awarded to an outstanding graduate student at Northwestern University working on a PhD in any field of the humanities or social sciences. This position will provide the student with an invaluable in-depth, comprehensive introduction to scholarly publishing. The student will gain familiarity with the publication process and goals of the university press in the context of the larger campus community; have access to the acquisitions, editorial and production, and marketing staff, who possess expertise in scholarly communications and current scholarship across many disciplines; and enjoy a mentored team environment in which to build analytical skills that will be useful across many careers. Students are expected to make progress on their dissertation while working at NUP; the opportunity is designed to approximate typical assistantship time commitments and responsibilities.

Details on the 2022-2023 Assistantship will be posted when available. Please contact Courtney Smotherman ( with any questions.

Mellon Diversity Fellow

This job exists as a fourteen-month, full-time, entry-level position in order to immerse the fellow in the acquisitions department of a leading scholarly press, working closely with senior acquisitions editors, authors, and projects through the entire acquisitions process. Through this apprenticeship, the fellow will acquire deep and specialized knowledge of how editors identify emerging areas of scholarship, work with authors to develop manuscripts, manage the process of peer review and revision, present projects for approval, and represent them through each stage of publication. Fellows will also work with other press departments including marketing, design, manuscript editorial, and production on behalf of specific book projects, and may take on additional projects to gain a deeper understanding of these other publishing areas.


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Northwestern University Press has paused its internship program. Please continue to check this page or contact Courtney Smotherman ( for updates on when it will return.

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