Our intensive, six‐week summer program in New York prepares students for entry-level jobs in all aspects of book, magazine and digital publishing through daily lectures and workshops. Since its inception seventy-three years ago, the Columbia Publishing Course, along with its sister program in Oxford, U.K., has been recognized as the premier training ground for those aspiring to work in publishing. Due to the novel coronavirus, the Columbia Publishing Course held its first-ever virtual course in 2020. Read more about it below.
When I say this I mean it sincerely: the virtual course exceeded every expectation I had about CPC. This course was more than just a bullet point to add to my resume. I learned more than I could have ever dreamed about publishing, was introduced to some incredible people within the industry and in my own class, and I feel so confident that I can move forward with a career in publishing.
—Paige McWilliams, '20 Virtual CPC
You completely and totally immersed us into the world of publishing and introduced us to so many phenomenal professionals. This experience was above and beyond what I expected. Thank you for moving the course online for the first time in its history and for taking a chance on us.
—Lucy Marcum, '20 Virtual CPC
CPC gave me the knowledge and connections I needed to get my start in publishing, but it also supported my emotional and personal growth in ways I never anticipated. The work you put into getting to know us and ensuring our success is remarkable and something I will always be grateful for. I am so excited to be taking the next step on the path CPC set me on and I look forward to sharing it with the lifelong friends I made at the course.
— Molly Maguire, '19 CPC NY
Assistant Literary Scout, Aram Fox, Inc.
Read what more students have to say.
2020 Virtual Course
The Columbia Publishing Course hosted its first-ever virtual course this year, as the novel coronavirus made it impossible to host the course in person. Our 111 students received the high-quality education the industry has come to expect from the Columbia Publishing Course and enjoyed lectures, seminars, and a book workshop in a new and innovative virtual format. This format also reaped some unexpected benefits, the most special of which was that we were able to invite faculty and lecturers from across the country and the world to participate.
We hope both courses will be held in person during 2021. If for whatever reason that isn't possible, the course will be held virtually, just as we held it in 2020. We will keep all accepted applicants apprised of any changes that may happen.
Kickstart a Career in Publishing
Although course graduates are not guaranteed job placement, CPC offers extensive career recommendation and support services. Résumé and cover-letter workshops give students the opportunity to work one‐on‐one with a professional to develop their written presentation skills. In addition, human-resources professionals talk to students about interviewing and the process of finding a job.
The course has an excellent job placement rate, and people in the publishing industry know that course graduates make excellent employees. The course not only helps students find their first jobs but also creates a network that stays with them throughout their careers.
Join us for a virtual recruitment session every Wednesday at 5 p.m. EST through March 10, 2021! Register here
We annually visit many colleges and universities. We've hosted information sessions at the following campuses:
- Bard College
- Boston University
- Boston College
- Brandeis University
- Columbia University
- Georgetown University
- Harvard University
- Howard University
- Mount Holyoke College
- Washington & Lee University
- College of William & Mary
- University of Virginia
- Vassar College
Please let us know if you would like to see us at your school next year!
If you will be in New York City, you may request an informational meeting with the director and/or assistant director.