Princeton University Press International Rights Social Impact Fellowship

Fellowship Description

The Social Impact Fellow for International Rights will help support the International Rights team with the administration of their deal-making and preparations for international travel. In this position you will submit material for Princeton University Press titles to international partners, maintain and update rights records for licenses within Biblio, and assist with a variety of other administrative tasks, including preparation of contracts for agreed licenses. The work will be tracked via weekly reports on progress to the International Rights team. The position offers the potential for applicants to learn in depth about the Press’s International Rights business, as well as to learn common practices in the field of translation licensing, and there is opportunity to develop skills in office administration, as well as familiarity with industry-wide systems including Biblio and HubSpot.

Essential Functions

  • Prepare and submit manuscripts and promotional information for submission to international publishers, agents, and editors.
  • Administer the contracts process for agreed licenses, including drafting deal announcements, circulating contracts through post or digital means
  • Maintain and update rights record-keeping software for agreed license
  • Supports the International Rights team with preparation for international travel and pitching
  • Additional Job Functions: Completes all other duties as assigned or requested for the general support of the organization.


  • Must be educated to degree level or equivalent experience.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office (especially Excel); experience with Biblio a plus
  • Must be detailed oriented; organizational and time management skills are a plus.

Physical Demands

This is an office type environment with heavy computer use.


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Visit the GradFUTURES/Princeton University Press Initiative page to learn more about our partnership.

SIF Mentor

Rebecca Bengoechea
Senior International Rights Manager, Princeton University Press

My first job in publishing came as an operations co-ordinator in the co-editions department of Igloo Books where I first got a taste of the international publishing world. I later moved to Princeton University Press as the rights assistant, before becoming a rights executive and am now the Press’ Senior International Rights Manager. I oversee the International Rights team, and manage PUP’s translation licensing activities across the world, pitching and promoting the books at book fairs such as Frankfurt, London, Beijing, and Guadalajara. 

Current & Former PUP Fellows

William Dingee, GS, Classics
University Administrative Fellow
Social Impact Fellow

"I'm connected with GradFUTURES through the UAF program and have been enjoying working at my internship at the University Press. It has helped to expand my sense of what work in the publishing world is like and to help me as I weight options beyond academia."

Paula Perez-Rodriguez, GS, SPL
Social Impact Fellow

"Working with Princeton University Press during the summer is allowing me to see academic publishing from a refreshing angle, one that has allowed me to invigorate my faith in the need to bolster critical thinking. I can definitely see how a Social Impact Fellowship could be the practical impulse needed to push any graduate student to a field where their knowledge becomes meaningful in a way different to that of teaching."

Jamie Wheeler
University Administrative Fellow

"Completing my MA and starting my PhD during the COVID-19 pandemic has foregrounded the importance of flexibility, so I'm thrilled to be learning a wide range of professional skills during my University Administrative Fellowship with Princeton University Press. As a graduate student, I get a lot of exposure to academic publishing as a consumer and some as a potential writer, so it's really enlightening to learn about it from the perspective of the publishing staff."

Isabelle Chen, GS, FIT
University Administrative Fellow
Social Impact Fellow

"Being a Fellow with GradFUTURES has helped me to develop a wide range of transferable skills, from administrative organization to event planning to building a professional network—skills equally applicable within and outside of tenure-track academia. This bridging across professional ‘boundaries' also happens to be a key objective of my fellowship: in enhancing and broadening the existing relationship between GradFUTURES and Princeton University Press, we aim to provide publishing resources for students on a number of different paths, including those hoping to publish their own academic work and those interested in pursuing a career in publishing."

Meseret Oldjira, GS, ART
University Administrative Fellow

"As a fellow at Princeton University Press, I worked with the Global Development and Intellectual Property team on the publications of the Bollingen Series, a 275-volume series of titles in art history, philosophy, literature, and religious studies that started in 1940. The program has been a wonderful opportunity for me to strengthen my professional experience as a graduate student and to gain valuable exposure to a new professional area."

Caitlin Harvey, GS, HIS
University Administrative Fellow
"Whether I remain in academia or not, this experience has been tremendously useful to both my career development and my personal development. I'm grateful to all of the kind people at PUP for welcoming me into their workplace."
Nicholas Risteen *19, ARC
Assistant Teaching Professor, Penn State
University Administrative Fellow Alum

"Seeing the publishing world as a form of intellectual curation—to evaluate and guide future scholarship in the field—was eye opening for me, and opened up new avenues to explore for post-doctoral life.”

Adéráyọ̀ Sànúsí, GS, ANT
University Administrative Fellow

"I am working with Princeton University Press staff to craft a strategy for acquiring more diverse and inclusive publications. To develop actionable insights, I interview members of the editorial, marketing and sales teams, observe multi-stakeholder meetings critical to the manuscript acquisition process, and research data on the faculty demographics of various academic disciplines. I have found the experience deeply rewarding because of the invaluable opportunity to leverage my ethnographic research skills while I also learn about the world of academic publishing."