Job Opportunities with NUS Press

Editorial Assistant (Acquisitions)

This position assists the Director, NUS Press in editorial work as well as acquisition of books and projects for publication, and will involve interactions with colleagues in the editorial and marketing function. Successful candidates will have strong research skills and curiosity about of scholarly work in the humanities and social sciences. A great deal of independent research will be required.  

The Trainee will gain exposure to the following areas of publishing: 
  • Editorial function of scholarly publishing 
  • Scholarly publishing acquisitions 
  • Academic peer review and peer review management  
  • Editing and quality control in scholarly publishing 
  • Use of tools for stakeholder relations management 
  • Scholarly journal editing and publishing 
  • Author marketing for a scholarly publisher 
Responsibilities include:
  • Helping to evaluate incoming book proposals & manuscripts;
  • Identifying peer reviewers from academic community most suited to particular titles;
  • Managing peer review process, including chasing and reminders to reviewers, and evaluating peer review reports;
  • Identifying academic journals to review NUS Press books;
  • Targeting authors or author communities for approach, coming up with new ideas for books for NUS Press to publish.
While Singapore residents are preferred, we will consider applicants who would work remotely from outside of Singapore, on a contract basis.
  1. Degree / MA or PhD preferred in relevant humanities or social sciences; BA with deferred admission to graduate school considered  
  2. Strong academic research skills 
  3. Strong written communication skills 

If you are interested to apply, please send a resumé and cover letter to


NUS Press has year-round internships available: AY Semester One (Aug to Nov), year-end vacation (Dec), AY Semester Two (Jan to April), and during the summer vacation (May to July).

Our vacation internships are full-time, approximately 40 hours a week. Semester internships are part-time and range from 12-20 hours a week. Start and end dates are negotiable, and interns are paid at a rate of $4.50 per hour. 

Interns get introduced to the full range of activities associated with academic and general book publishing (editorial, marketing, and production). Introductory proofreading and copyediting sessions, as well as visits to commercial printers (when possible), will be conducted. Interns typically take on tasks such as proofreading, book sales, formulating marketing proposals, data entry, fact-checking, event planning, accounts, etc. 

Please apply for all internships four weeks before commencement, with a CV and cover letter. We will acknowledge receipt of all complete applications, and invite shortlisted candidates in for an interview.

Please email your application to, with 'Sem1/Dec/Sem2 internship application' in the subject line.

For summer internships, please note that we will only be hiring via the Singapore Book Publishers Association Internship Program OR the Yale-NUS Art Books internship. Please apply via those channels.