An intensive, four-week introduction to all aspects of book publishing
An institution in American publishing since 1947, the Columbia Publishing Course is known for launching the careers of thousands of publishing professionals, including many top editors and executives. In 2016, the Publishing Course in New York proudly announced the creation of a four‐week sister program in the United Kingdom, housed at Exeter College, Oxford, which has already launched many careers both in New York and London.
"CPC was not only exactly what I had hoped it would be–an all-access, deep-dive into every aspect of the publishing industry — it was so much more. It quickly became, and continues to be, a publishing family; full of brilliant, energetic, inspired individuals with a shared passion for the written word and everything that goes into it. While my classmates came from dozens of different backgrounds, areas of study, and industries, our mutual affection for books created an instant community in which I was both wildly challenged and totally at home. CPC was transformative, both intellectually and personally, and I left the course armed not only with exclusive knowledge bestowed by leaders of the field, but as a member of a community that spans generations and is proud to support the course, its graduates and the industry we all love."
—Bee Holekamp, '18 CPC U.K.
Editorial Assistant, W.W. Norton & Company
"This job wouldn't have happened without the CPC, everything I learnt and the wonderful people I met who helped me to get here. I am so grateful and excited."
—Kirsten Greenwood, '19 CPC U.K.
Sales Coordinator, Quarto Books
Kickstart a Career in Publishing
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.
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, the course director talks to students about interviewing and the process of finding a job, both during and after the course.
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.