Press News

Internship Series: Five Steps to Ace an Interview with Confidence

This post is a part of a four part blog series covering the interns at Duke University Press. Today’s post provides information on preparing for an interview. There are a variety of of interview styles companies use for interviewing potential interns and employees. Duke University Press conducts behavioral interviews to understand how you have handled situations in previous positions and how you will handle potential situations at The Press. These interviews can occur on the phone, in traditional locations including in in the office, or an auditorium at Duke University for a speed dating formatted interview. We asked interns to share their list of interview dos and don’ts after successfully securing their current positions at Duke University Press.

Business people greeting and handshakeBe early. Being early is the most common tip the current Duke University Press interns have to offer future interns. They suggested a range of times between 5 and 30 minutes early. Giving yourself enough time to arrive is very important, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the location where you are interviewing.

Be yourself and don’t downplay your accomplishments. One the best things you can do during an interview is to be yourself. If an interviewee does falsify their personality or qualifications and are hired, the intern runs the risk of losing their position for fabricated information. Display confidence when describing previous experience because your experiences are valuable to you as a person and potentially to the company you’re applying for. The interview is the chance to impress the interviewer and the company with the skills you already have to offer and explain how their company can help you grow professionally.

Dress appropriately and professionally and don’t bring your phone. To do this you must find the balance between being professional without being too under- or too overdressed. It’s important to dress within their dress code. While Duke University Press has a relaxed dress code, it’s still important to follow business casual dress code for interviews. Leave phones and other distracting devices in the car, your bag, or just turn them off. Devote your full attention in the interview and don’t let your phone get in the way of the interview.

StockSnap_NM0YJ0N192.jpg

Prepare what you’d like to say so you don’t show your nerves. Speaking the first phrase that comes to your mind may not be the best answer for the question you’re asked. It’s more beneficial to gather your thoughts before saying them. This could be the difference of showing a person is well prepared or not. Know the questions you would like to be answered to help you obtain a better understanding of what the position will be. The questions you ask can show the interviewer the research you have already done on the company and will allow them to see your investment in the internship and organization. To defeat the negative effects of nervousness, remain confident in your skills and participate in mock interviews with a mentor, professor, or a campus career center employee to practice interview skills.

Bring a folder and pen. The folder you bring to an interview should contain enough copies of your resume for the interviewers, yourself and an extra, just in case. Include paper and your prepared questions. This will ensure all of the questions you may have are answered. Write any important information the interviewer gives you and to write any questions that come to mind during the interview.

Internship Series: Letters to the Press

We have created a four part blog series covering interns at Duke University Press. Today’s post delves into the most important parts of the internship application process — cover letters and resumes. If a cover letter or resume does not reflect a candidate well, the candidate will most likely not be interviewed or considered for the job. Interns at Duke University Press confirmed that their personalized cover letters helped them secure their internship positions. 

A cover letter creates a first impression of a candidate for the organization to which they are applying. One of the main purposes of a cover letter is to allow the employer to understand who the candidates are beyond the bullet points of resumes. This is the perfect opportunity to explain how you as a candidate are the right person for the position open. You are able to go into detail about parts of your resume and describe how you are qualified because of other areas of experience.

StockSnap_AQNKPDGKR8

When writing a cover letter and resume, your experience listed and discussed should directly relate to the job you’reapplying for. All submitted material should be unique to each company. A canned cover letter and resume could reflect poorly on you because it’s not personalized. Many of the interns at Duke University Press credit their unique cover letters that accompanied their resumes for securing their internship position at the press.

If applying for a job you are under-qualified for, the cover letter allows you to express what experience you have had without reaching the amount of years required or lacking a certain skill. You’re able to explain how you excel at the more important skills for the job and are willing to learn the skills the employer is looking for.

To gain more experience for a future position without having much prior experience, the Duke University Press interns emphasized the importance of volunteering. “Volunteering is number one. Being in the work environment, although you’re not getting paid, you’re still doing work. This makes your time more valuable and your ideas more valuable,” Charlecia Walton, a front desk intern, said. Sharing volunteer experience represents a passion for the work  you are doing to a hiring manager. Volunteer experience is sometimes easier to earn than paid positions. If you are having a hard time getting an internship or job, you might want to consider volunteering your time for experience that you can feature on your resume or cover letter.

Internship Series: Finding the Perfect Internship 101

This post is a part of a four part blog series covering interning at Duke University Press. Today’s post offers tips on searching for and deciding on an internship that is perfect for you.

JCR_door-logo-after

The Press advertises internship positions at all colleges and universities in the Triangle. Three current interns found the internship listings using their universities’ career websites created for students to search jobs and internships within their fields. Many others said they’ve found their university’s career website helpful for internship searches. Other suggested sites to find internship opportunities include indeed.com, glassdoor.com, and internships.com.

To easily compare internships you would potentially enjoy, you should research all the ways the job could potentially benefit you and make note of your needs and wants from an internship. This will help the process of researching the company with a direct goal of discovering how you would fit into the position you’re applying for. For students, it would be beneficial to search for internships that would be relevant to your coursework and future success. You can use the information found to your advantage in your resume, cover letter, and interview. Many interns said they appreciate their internships at Duke University Press because they experience being student workers while being treated as equal employees and are able to learn from the rewarding work they are given. Social Medicine Reader Intern, Emily Chilton, shared that the learning opportunities and professional experiences she’s had at Duke University Press will help her future career in academic publishing.

-how to be a full-stack developer- (1)It is possible that you may find an internship you are very interested in, but your experience may not meet all of the requirements listed in the job posting. Several interns emphasized the importance of applying even if a person does not meet all of the requirements. According to Forbes writer Nancy F. Clark, men are confident in applying for positions if they meet 60% of the qualifications in a job description, while women only apply if they meet 100% of the qualifications. In a later article, Forbes Magazine described the benefits to hiring under-qualified employees. These benefits include: less established employees have more room for growth, they don’t have bad habits to break, only good habits to learn, they have the right attitude, and you can build lifelong relationships. Both men and women should apply for jobs they may not think they’re qualified because it’s difficult to know exactly where the employer places emphasis on experience. Though someone may meet all the requirements, they may not have as much experience as another person in a particular area that the employer wants.

Journals Marketing Manager Jocelyn Dawson confirmed that experience is not everything when being considered for an internship position at the Press. “We’ve found that our best interns are not necessarily those with prior experience in publishing, or even in marketing,” said Dawson. “We expect that interns will learn about those things from us, and are instead prioritizing qualities like enthusiasm for learning and for our mission, attention to detail, a proactive approach, and, because not all intern tasks are glamorous, a positive attitude.”

Internships are learning experiences. If you’re serious about the position, inform the interviewer or hiring manager how the company can benefit from the experience you do have and how they will help you grow professionally with everything you can learn from the internship position.

Internship Series: Meet the Duke University Press Interns

This post is a part of a four part blog series covering interning at Duke University Press. Today’s post highlights the summer student workers, their positions, and their fields of study. 

IMG_6069.JPG
Emily Chilton

Emily Chilton is the Social Medicine Reader intern at Duke University Press. She is a senior at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is majoring in English and history. She is considering graduate school to study English and plans to have a career in academic publishing.

Zachary Farmer started as a front desk intern at Duke University Press in May of 2017. He is studying sports management at Winston Salem University in Winston Salem, NC and will graduate in 2020.

Joshua Gay is a senior at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC, studying English with a minor of mass communication. After he graduates, he plans to be a writer. Currently Josh is the Books Acquisitions intern at Duke University Press.

Sarah George-Waterfield is currently earning her doctorate degree in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee.

FullSizeRender.jpg

O’landra Goodwin

O’landra Goodwin is graduating in December with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication with a concentration of Public Relations and Broadcast Media from North Carolina Central University. She is the DUP communications intern.

20170803_142004.jpg

Tiffani Jones

Tiffani Jones is studying accounting at North Carolina Central University and is expected to graduate in December of 2018. At Duke University Press, Tiffani is the accounting intern. After she graduates, she plans to start a small accounting firm.

Ithiopia Lemons recently graduated from North Carolina Central University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication. She will be attending NCCU in the fall for graduate school where she will study educational technology. Ithiopia is a communications intern at DUP. Ithiopia plans to teach and eventually own a public relations firm.

19396831_10213647880134162_5747688680561511749_n.jpg

Rachel Mosher

Rachel Mosher is a graduate student at North Carolina State University studying English literature. She is currently a front desk intern at Duke University Press. She holds undergraduate degrees in history and German studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Henry Nooney is a senior at Elon University studying creative writing and literature. He plans to attend grad school after earning his bachelor’s degree before going into the publishing field. Henry is the Digital Strategy & Systems intern.

13164221_1273748889306248_8312357431299545814_n.jpg

Alex Sanchez-Bressler

Alex Sanchez-Bressler is a Duke University senior studying gender, sexuality and feminist studies. Alex is the Books Editorial intern at the Press.

Charlescia Walton is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying international business. She plans to help businesses with their productivity abroad. She started interning at the front desk of DUP in May and completed her internship program in July.

Blog Series Photo.jpg

Sarah Watson

Sarah Watson is beginning her junior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a double major of journalism and political science and a minor in education. She has been working at the Press as the Library Relations intern since September of 2016. After graduation, Sarah plans to work as an in house advertising employee for a large company.

Camille Wright.jpg

Camille Wright

Camille Wright has been at Duke University Press as the Journals Marketing intern since May. She will be graduating from North Carolina Central University in December with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication with a concentration of public relations. Camille plans to attend graduate school to study strategic public relations.

 

 

Mourning the Death of Valerie Millholland

ValerieIt is with a heavy heart that we report that our friend and former colleague Valerie Millholland has passed away. Valerie retired in 2014 after thirty years of outstanding work at the Press, most of those as Senior Editor.  She built our distinguished Latin American Studies list practically from scratch and was honored at her retirement with the Distinguished Service Award from the Conference on Latin American History at AHA, a prize generally reserved for the most important senior faculty in the field. She was an invaluable colleague and a supportive friend to many of us at the Press.  She will be greatly missed.

We have been sharing our memories of Valerie here in the office and on social media. We invite you to do the same, in the comments section below.

We reprint here part of the announcement we posted when Valerie retired:

Senior Editor Valerie Millholland will retire on January 10, 2014 after a thirty year career with Duke University Press.

Millholland will be honored for her contributions to the field of Latin American history at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Historical Association. The Conference on Latin American History has awarded Millholland the 2013 Distinguished Service Award, which will be presented at a luncheon on January 3, 2014. The selection committee, Barbara Weinstein, John Tutino, and Rebecca Scott, had this praise for Millholland: “Any historian of Latin America who has ordered books for a course in the last two decades knows just how large Duke University Press looms in our field.  Aside from supporting first-book authors and sharing her wisdom with more senior colleagues, Valerie has sought to make translated works by historians in Latin America available to a North American academic audience.  She has conducted workshops on academic publishing at a variety of universities in the US and abroad.  And she has also been instrumental in the creation of the Duke series of ‘country readers’ that has been indispensable for scholars in the Latin American field.”

According to Duke University Press Editorial Director Ken Wissoker, “very few editors have the impact on the academy that Valerie Millholland has had. When she took on the Latin American studies list the area was the poster child for the death of the monograph. Valerie showed that with intelligence and acumen the field could not only survive but thrive. She built a list based in a new form of transnational interdisciplinary work, including scholars from Latin America as well as those doing the best scholarship here.”

Millholland came to the Press in 1983 to work under director Dick Rowson. She assisted him in acquiring titles in political science and in 1989 the first title she acquired herself was published: Hidden Illness in the White House by Kenneth R. Crispell and Carlos Gomez. As an editor, she continued to acquire titles in political science and history until the mid-1990s, when she was given the opportunity to publish Ethnicity, Markets, and Migration in the Andes, a collection edited by Brooke Larson, Olivia Harris, and Enrique Tandeter. Although she knew nothing about Latin America and didn’t speak Spanish, she took it on. Under her guidance, the Press rose to prominence as one of the top publishers in Latin American Studies. She has acquired nearly 600 books including dozens of award-winners.

Millholland herself says she is most proud of launching The Latin America Readers series. After the Press published The Peru Reader in 1995 to surprising success, she realized that there was a market among students and travelers for a comprehensive look at a country’s history, politics, and culture. She worked with scholars to create The Brazil Reader, The Argentina Reader, and nine other readers, with many still under contract and in production. The Mexico Reader is one of Duke University Press’s top sellers of all time. In 2009 the Press launched The World Readers, an expansion of the series outside Latin America, also the brainchild of Millholland. City Readers are also being prepared for Latin America and it is hoped the Rio de Janeiro Reader will be ready in time for the Olympics in 2016.

Millholland says the best part of her job is her deep relationships with authors. They clearly consider her a friend and mentor.

Millholland’s colleagues at Duke University Press have been thanking her for her many years of service and important contributions. Director Steve Cohn says, “For thirty years Valerie has been a wonderful colleague for me and for all of us at the Press. It has been a real pleasure to watch her grow with the Press.” Ken Wissoker adds, “Editors at many presses have tried to follow Valerie’s model and will continue to do so long after her well-earned retirement.  It’s truly a brilliant career.”

Duke University Press Signs French National License Agreement with ISTEX

istex.pngDuke University Press has signed a major agreement with ISTEX, a French national licensing program, to make the Duke Mathematical Journal (DMJ) available to French research institutions.

With this agreement, 112 volumes of content from DMJ are made available to millions of users at over 330 French universities, grande écoles, research institutes, and libraries. Published by Duke University Press since its inception in 1935, DMJ is one of the world’s leading mathematical journals. DMJ emphasizes the most active and influential areas of current mathematics and has several distinguished French mathematicians on its editorial board. The journal has published work by the Fields Medalists Cédric Villani, Ngô Bảo Châu, Jean-Pierre Serre, and Artur Avila.

Since 2012, ISTEX has facilitated the massive acquisition of archives of scientific and mathematical production in all disciplines made available to public institutions of higher education and research in France on one central platform.

David Aymonin, Head of the Bibliographic Agency for Higher Education, says, “All the four partners leading ISTEX are happy to add quality mathematics content from the Duke Mathematical Journal to the ISTEX initiative through our arrangement with Duke University Press. We see this partnership as bringing important mathematics scholarship to more researchers throughout France.”

“The Press is delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the ISTEX project by offering content from the Duke Mathematical Journal, including eminent French scholars, for use by mathematicians throughout France. We are grateful to TSP Diffusion for their support,” says Cason Lynley, Director of Marketing and Sales at Duke University Press.

DMJ content is available to ISTEX institutions on the Project Euclid platform. Read the full announcement.

Subject Collections in Gender Studies and Latin American Studies

As we close out another academic year, we want to remind you of useful resources for two of the strongest areas of our publishing program: gender studies and Latin American studies. In 2017, we launched new e-book subject collections in Gender Studies and Latin American Studies.

GENDER STUDIES

Our Gender Studies/Feminist Theory book list features authors well known for their work in gender studies, gay and lesbian studies, transgender studies, and queer and feminist theory. Many of our journals also address gender studies from transnational and interdisciplinary perspectives:

View the title list for the Gender Studies collection, which features more than 500 e-books and is available to libraries by purchase, lease, or lease-to-own.

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Our Latin American Studies authors are well known for their work in anthropology, art, cultural studies, Caribbean studies, Chicano and Latino studies, history, literature, film and media, and politics. Many of our journals also cover Latin America:

View the title list for the Latin American Studies collection, which features more than 500 e-books and is available to libraries by purchase, lease, or lease-to-own.

If you’re interested in gaining access to these resources, have your librarian contact our Library Relations team to get more information.

2018 Pricing is Now Available

dup_pr_filled_k_pngDuke University Press 2018 pricing for single-issue journal titles, the e-Duke Journals collections, the e-Duke Books collection, and Euclid Prime, a collection of mathematics and statistics titles hosted on Project Euclid, is now available online at dukeupress.edu/Libraries.

New Online Content Platform

In November 2017 all Duke University Press humanities and social science journals and e-books will migrate to the Silverchair Information Systems platform, providing scholars with a single reading and research experience across books and journals. Visit dukeupress.edu/Libraries/migration for additional details and to sign up for e-mail alerts.

Partnership with MSP

Duke University Press, Project Euclid, and MSP (Mathematical Sciences Publishers) have entered into a partnership to sell a package of seven MSP journals hosted on the Project Euclid platform. Institutional subscribers gain a subscription management tool that stores librarian contact and IP information. Project Euclid also exclusively provides COUNTER- and SUSHI-compliant usage statistics. Pricing for MSP on Euclid is now available online at dukeupress.edu/Libraries.

Addition of Two Titles to the 2018 Journals List

Duke University Press is pleased to announce the additions of the Journal of Korean Studies and English Language Notes to its journal list. Both journals are published biannually.

The Journal of Korean Studies is the preeminent journal in its field, publishing high-quality articles in all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences on a broad range of Korea-related topics, both historical and contemporary.

A respected forum of criticism and scholarship in literary and cultural studies since 1962, English Language Notes is dedicated to pushing the edge of scholarship in literature and related fields in new directions.

For more information about 2018 pricing, please contact our Library Relations team.

Announcing MSP on Euclid, a Partnership between MSP, Project Euclid, and Duke University Press

MSP-on-EuclidMSP (Mathematical Sciences Publishers), Project Euclid, and Duke University Press have partnered to launch the MSP on Euclid collection, bringing seven mathematics journals published by MSP together with the strong functionality available through the Project Euclid platform.

Dedicated to providing alternatives in math publishing, MSP, Project Euclid, and Duke University Press are all not-for-profit and have similarly sized programs. The goal of the MSP on Euclid collection is to offer libraries new features as well as the option to consolidate their platforms. MSP on Euclid includes the same seven journals sold by MSP in their MSP package but now also hosted by Project Euclid and sold by Duke University Press.

“Project Euclid is pleased to welcome seven of MSP’s distinguished journals to our platform and to work with Duke University Press on increasing their dissemination,” said Leslie Eager, Project Euclid’s director of publishing services. “Our three organizations strive to provide the mathematics community with truly excellent not-for-profit publishing services, and we look forward to strengthening our impact through this collaboration.”

“MSP is committed to finding new ways to make mathematics publishing more sustainable and to bring our content to scholars around the world. We hope this new collaboration will benefit researchers as well as libraries,” said Rob Kirby, chief executive of MSP.

MSP on Euclid provides institutional subscribers with valuable enhancements of the MSP package still available from MSP. Project Euclid’s platform offers libraries a subscription management tool that stores librarian contact and IP information. Institutional subscribers gain COUNTER- and SUSHI-compliant usage statistics exclusively through the platform. Single sign-on authentication through Shibboleth is also available. Duke University Press provides institutions with all sales services and customer support for the collection.

“Duke University Press has been publishing mathematics scholarship for over 80 years. We hope that our experience in math sales and customer support will bring MSP’s well-regarded, high-quality content to a wider audience,” said Steve Cohn, director of Duke University Press.

For additional information and pricing for MSP on Euclid, visit dukeupress.edu/Libraries.

French Historical Studies Authors Win Two Prizes

The Society for French Historical Studies has awarded two prizes to articles featured in French Historical Studies!

ddfhs_39_4The 2016 William Koren, Jr. Prize is awarded by the Society for French Historical Studies to the most outstanding article on any period of French history published the previous year by a scholar appointed at a college or university in the United States or Canada. The prize committee seeks out contenders from American, Canadian, and European journals and may decide whether articles that have appeared as part of a book or in the published proceedings of a scholarly conference are eligible for consideration. This year’s award goes to Nguyễn Thị Điểu, author of “Ritual, Power, and Pageantry: French Ritual Politics in Monarchical Vietnam.” This article is featured in French Historical Studies, volume 39, issue 4 (October 2016).

ddfhs_39_2The runner up for the 2016 Malcolm Bowie Prize was Dónal Hassett, whose article, “Pupilles de l’Empire: Debating the Provision for Child Victims of the Great War in the French Empire,” was featured in French Historical Studies volume 39, issue 2 (April 2016). The Malcolm Bowie Prize, given by the Society for French Historical Studies, is awarded each year for the best article published in the preceding year by an early-career researcher in the broader discipline of French Studies.

Congratulations to both winners! Read these award-winning articles, made freely available.