Students on the Publishing MA undertake a work placement with a relevant organisation, usually represented by a member of our Advisory Board. These placements have resulted in many of our students gaining employment opportunities within the industry and have included:
Name: Katie Cooper
Placement: Roof, Shelter's bi-monthly subscription magazine
"On my first day I helped with final proofreading ready for press day at the end of the week. Although it is tricky to point out errors when you don't know anyone well, at the end of the day, the quality of the magazine is paramount. I spotted that the word spacing for a double spread advert for a building company had disappeared every third line or so. Although it was a pain for the designer to have to re-visit the job, the consequences of not correcting before going to press would have been serious."
Name: Kasia Behnke
"My work placement was in the Foreign Rights Department at HarperCollins. I was lucky to have a three month placement so I was welcomed as part of the team. Everyone there is really friendly and I had the opportunity to do a variety of jobs, including contacting authors and agents, handling submissions and having direct contact with publishers and sub-agents around the world. My role was to assist the managers before, during and after the London Book Fair which meant I was an integral part of the team and also handled enquiries at the HarperCollins stand during the three days there. This position gave me the relevant skills to pursue a career in Rights."
Name: Blanka Biernat
Placement: Dazed and Confused
"I was offered a placement with Dazed and Confused magazine, which is an independent publication focusing on fashion, art and culture. These are the fields that I am most interested in and the opportunity to work for Dazed and Confused was a great privilege, especially considering the extremely high number of candidates applying for an internship with them. The skills and knowledge I acquired from undertaking this placement will prove invaluable to me."
Name: John Bell
Placement: Lancet, medical journal
"I got to see how every aspect of journal publishing works, from picking the articles to working out what's going to go in the editorials. As well as being allowed to proofread articles and even suggest topics for editorials, I also came up with my own project to help market TheLancetStudent.com; which involved e-mailing a lot of universities around the world."
Name: Katie Yeomans
Placement: Walker Books, children's publisher
"The work experience that this course enabled me to go on has become an important part of my CV. I spent two weeks at my first choice company and undertook a perfect variation of tasks, not once encountering the photocopier! All that I had learnt in classes was confirmed in reality allowing me to try my hand, quite confidently, at marketing research and editorial writing within the professional environment of a well established company."
As a student on this course you will be part of the Kingston Writing School, a vibrant community of outstanding writers, journalists and publishers.
Starting a Publishing MA in 2016/17? You could be eligible for a £10,000 Bloomsbury Publishing Scholarship.