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Networking in the Publishing World

NYC Event Lets Students Meet Execs

Ever wonder what goes into printing your favorite magazine? Or maybe you want to be the one designing the look of the latest bestseller? Whatever your interest, the Colleges can help you on your way to a career through a Publishing Event held in New York City.

At this year’s event held over winter break, students were led on tours of the city’s premier publishing houses, introduced to staff members and given the opportunity to ask questions face-to-face to those in the industry who currently hold the jobs of their dreams including:

  • McGraw Hill Company – BusinessWeek’s President Phillip Ruppel P’11, Vice President of Communications Carl Fischer ’96 and Senior Vice President and Worldwide Publisher Jessica Sibley ’91;
  • Conde Nast Executive Director of HR Editorial Meg Gruppo P’09;
  • Random House Sales Assistant to National Accounts Rachel Stephansky ’08 and Library Marketing Coordinator Erica McDonald ’02.

Students were grateful for the sound advice that they gained during the event. “They shared insight about the publishing industry and gave me interviewing tips specific to the types of jobs I’m interested in,” said Danielle Ryan ’09. “I’ll be keeping in touch with them as resources for my honors project, which deals with publishing, and as I enter the publishing industry after graduation.”

After witnessing the networking that took place during these encounters, Joe Ambrosetti, Employer Relations Associate Director in the Career Services Office, was overjoyed.  “It was wonderful for me to watch our students – on their own – go up to these executives to introduce themselves, ask questions and inquire about jobs as well as internship opportunities. Without knowing it, they were genuinely networking.”