Publishing Industry Internship with a UB Alum

Shelves of published books.

Curious about the publishing industry and interested in the idea of pursuing a career in publishing? Apply Now!  

Project description

Selected students have the opportunity to spend their summer in a close, mentoring relationship with a literary agent based in New York City. Interns will begin working remotely, reading manuscripts, learning how a piece of writing becomes a book, participating in the editorial process, and honing critical writing skills. Students may also have an opportunity to meet with agents and editors and other high-ranking professionals in the publishing industry in New York City.

Applicants should be interested in writing and reading, but beyond that, be interested in the way books intersect with culture in the form of criticism, journalism, conversation, and academia. Applicants should also be curious about the publishing industry and interested in the idea of pursuing a career in publishing. If you follow writers on Twitter. or turn a book over to look who has praised it, or even know a single publisher, this could be the internship for you!

Project outcome

Interns will create a PowerPoint (text and images) that describes the publishing projects they worked on, sites visited, and skills gained.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Summer 2022 (about a semester; 3-5 months)
Start time Summer (May/June)
In-person, remote, or hybrid? Hybrid Project
Level of collaboration Small group project (2-3 students)
Benefits Stipend; Independent Study course (set up in mentor's department for a specific student or group of students)
Who is eligible All undergraduate students 

Core partners

Monika Woods is a literary agent, writer, editor, and founder of Triangle House. She is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and the Columbia Publishing Course, a board member of the AALA, and has worked closely with leading voices in contemporary literature over her decade-long publishing career. Her interests include literary fiction and compelling non-fiction in cultural criticism, food, popular culture, journalism, science, and current affairs.

Project mentor

Dave Alff

Associate Professor; Placement Director


Phone: (716) 645-0695


Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

  • Exploratory research of the publishing industry and potential careers.