The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) and the Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) are proud to offer an internship program for students at ACCU-member campuses who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of Catholic publishing.
The Internship as a Learning Experience
Summer interns will work in a learning capacity alongside a professional in one of the ACP publishing houses. Students interested in applying for an ACCU-ACP internship must indicate upon application if they are seeking college credit for the internship. Students seeking academic credit will be required to collect, complete, and return all documentation needed to fulfill the terms of their college or university's process for receiving academic credit for an internship.
In addition, interns will be required to keep a daily journal of work completed and write a 1,500-word essay upon completion of the internship. The person to whom the intern is responsible will be asked to review the essay and return it with comments to the intern.
Participating Publishing Companies
The following Catholic publishers have offered internships through the ACCU-ACP program in the past. The list of companies participating in 2015 will be announced in the coming months.
- ACTA Publications (Chicago, IL)
- Image Catholic Books (Colorado Springs, CO)
- Liturgy Training Publications (Chicago, IL)
- Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, IN)
- Renew International (Plainfield, NJ)
If you are interested in applying, please follow these steps:
- Review the sample internship job descriptions so that you better understand the types of potential internships available and the duties and responsibilities that might be expected of a potential intern. Please note that the specific responsbilities of all interns will be determined by the participating publishers.
- Review the 2014 internship application. A similar application for 2015 will be posted in the coming months.
- Attach a copy of your résumé, listing your education, work, technology, and volunteer experience.
- Attach a writing sample of no more than 500 words.
Deadline: The deadline for 2015 internships has not yet been announced. Send an e-mail to ACPfirstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be alerted when details about the program are updated.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many internships will be available?
In 2015, between five and 10 internship positions are expected to be available through the six participating publishing companies.
When will the internships take place?
The internships will occur during summer 2015.
Will interns be paid or unpaid?
Most internships will be paid. This is at the discretion of the employing publisher.
Are internships available for college credit?
Yes. Students who wish to receive academic credit for their internship will be required to collect, complete, and return all documentation required by their college or university to fulfill the institution's process for receiving credit for an internship.
What kinds of jobs will ACCU-ACP interns perform?
The specific job responsibilities of ACCU-ACP interns will be determined by the publishing firms that are participating in this program. All publishers have agreed to expose interns to relevant duties and real-world situations to ensure a valuable learning experience.
When will I hear whether my application has been accepted?
Oncce received, all completed applications, resumes, and writing samples will be reviewed. Approximately one month after this process, ACCU and ACP will contact applicants to let them know their application status.
What if I have additional questions?
If you have any questions, please submit them to ACPemail@example.com. Please do not call either ACCU or ACP.
I represent a publishing company that is interested in participating in the program. What resources is ACCU-ACP providing for employers? What if I have additional questions?
Questions about participating in the program as an employer should be directed to ACPfirstname.lastname@example.org. Publishers that take part in the program are provided with helpful guidelines and several documents so that they may fully benefit from the ACCU-ACP Internship. They are:
- Suggested interview questions
- Suggested elements of an academic credit verification letter
- Using Unpaid Interns: Legal Learning Experience or Illegal Exploitation? a useful article from the National Law Review offering guidance on paid vs. unpaid internships