Success and Outcomes
Our highly-successful alumni hold positions as agents, designers, editors, managing editors, developmental and acquisitions editors, proofreaders, writers, teachers, photographers, marketing directors, production managers, sales managers, technology consultants, writers, and more.
Practical Skills for an Ever-Changing Market
Rosemont's convenient location in Bryn Mawr provides you with access to exciting employment opportunities along the East Coast. With important publishing centers such as New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia, students pursuing the MA in Publishing degree begin or advance their careers by interning or working while they study, adding to their academics with hands-on experience and practical workplace knowledge.
In a survey of recent alumni who interned while they were in the program, we found that 100% of respondents were employed full-time after graduating from the program. These students reported that they "often" or "constantly" "used the skills or knowledge learned from MA in Publishing courses or internships." (Data collected from students in academic years 2014-15 through 2018-19.)
Where Our Students Work and Intern
Pietra Dunmore '16, Freelance Writer, Editor, Stylist
The Graduate programs in Creative Writing and Publishing introduced me to new forms of creative writing and expression—along with driving me to create and submit more often for publication. Since graduating Rosemont in 2016, I have had a variety of experiences. I do not have a typical day, but I use my skills honed at Rosemont daily.
I am currently the final reader for Matter Press, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. It is my responsibility to read submissions of compressed fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction and give the definitive vote on works in question. I can honestly say that working with the Rathalla Review team and working as an editor for the Operating and Maintaining a Small Press class has helped me in my current position.
For a few summers, I worked as an English teacher for Rowan’s CHAMP (Creating Higher Aspiration and Motivation Project) Gear Up summer program, a six-week summer enrichment program for Camden City middle and high school students.
Daily, I maintain my company RetroChic Beauty and my author website pietradunmore.net. The experiences I had in the publishing classes have helped me maintain a cohesive look and feel to both websites.
Cassie Drumm '16, Senior Account Executive at Scribewise
I started as an English major at Rosemont and worked my way to the Publishing program
in my sophomore year. The thing that I loved about these programs was that I could
really make them my own. My undergrad advisor saw potential in me and accelerated
my track at my request. I realized over time that all of the staff at Rosemont taught
me to advocate for myself. As a Raven Peer Leader I would always tell incoming freshmen
that their time in college was whatever they made it to be. No one held my hand as
I asked for what I wanted, as I made my own honors assignments for non-honors classes,
and as I convinced the director of the Graduate Publishing Program to let me start
earlier than anyone else had.
This confidence has stayed with me throughout the early parts of my career. As an assistant at Running Press, I asked for a promotion within a year of getting hired. I asked for what I thought I deserved, and I usually received what I asked for. Later on, when I was shaping new initiatives at Running Press, I helped my supervisors create a new position that was molded to my goals and vision for the company. I wouldn’t have gotten as far as I have without the guidance of my advisors at Rosemont, encouraging me to always fight for what I deserve.
In the Graduate Publishing Program, my professors guided me to gain the knowledge and experience to confidently start my career in the publishing industry. With each class, I felt new challenges and more opportunities to learn about the industry. I started my job at Running Press knowing more than most of my colleagues about the departments outside of our own. I used my knowledge of Publishing law to weed through contracts and find permissions when using author and illustrator content in marketing campaigns. I used my knowledge of indie bookstore operations to set up an authorless event kit when we were challenged for funds to send our actual authors on tour. My background on trends in the Children’s lit space came in handy when sitting in on new titles meetings. And my thesis work on the social media landscape in book publishing helped to shape my role as Associate Digital Marketing Manager, a position created just for me and my goals.
Madeline Polino '19, Editorial Assistant
Rosemont gave me a path that allowed me to find a destination. Thanks to the women’s soccer program, I found Rosemont. Thanks to Writing 110, I found the English and Communications departments. And thanks to Professor Katie Baker, I found the Graduate Publishing program at Rosemont College.
I always thought I wanted to go to journalism school after Rosemont, but editing and writing were where I needed to be. The 4+1 program gave me that chance and gave me that opportunity to jump-start a path to my future career.
In the fall of 2017, I entered Publishing Overview, where I was the only dual degree undergraduate student. Walking into that class on the first night presented me with two challenges: meet new people and talk publishing with them. Little did I know, this is what I was going to have to do every day for the rest of my professional life.
In the spring of 2018, I juggled three graduate and three undergraduate courses. During this semester, I recognized my path for the program: the editorial concentration. At that moment, I noticed how important editing was. Yes, the author writes the book or article, but the editor is responsible for making it sound good, for conveying the author’s voice and tone and meaning, and for bringing the book its life in this world in the form of acquisition and eventually publication.
After the spring semester, I found out that I couldn’t take any more graduate courses while enrolled in the undergraduate college, in which I still had one more semester of courses. Summer semester, since it didn’t “count,” became loaded with days of online class as well as driving to Rosemont for other classes.
At this time, I also started the leg work for my thesis – a now completed 87-page paper that I couldn’t be prouder of. This semester taught me about the additional realms of publishing, but also helped me realize that publishing (and the working world) doesn’t stop for the summer and neither does the work it will take for me to get there.
The fall made me realize a lot of things.Since I couldn’t take courses in publishing, I often found myself looking for more. After spending countless hours working on my thesis while focusing on my final undergraduate semester and soccer season, I recognized just how important my future occupation would be, and that I was ready to be there. But also, during this time, I recognized that it was okay to take breaks and spend time away.
In the spring of 2019, after just completing my BA in English and Communications, I presented myself with the final challenge: finish the program. Thanks to Marshall Warfield, the program's director, and his recognition of my drive to finish, I was able to balance four classes, the final semester of my thesis, and working part-time at home and on campus.
I faced the reality of my future during this semester: commuting, the consistent workload and juggling of tasks, and all of the other things that would come with adulting. But I knew I was ready.
At the end of four years and after completing my final semester, I walked for my undergraduate and graduate degrees in the same ceremony. Of course, like any other student, I was happy to say that I earned my degree, but the program and Rosemont brought me so much more than that.
Rosemont – between undergraduate and graduate school – brought me lifelong friends, a team for a family, and an education. But it also brought me the realities of life including long nights, busy workloads, and lots of cups of coffee. The program itself brought me drive and desire to work within publishing, but also made me realize some of life’s most important lessons and experiences: balance work and life, find what you love to do every day and you’ll never dislike going to work, take opportunities and chances because you’ll never know where they will take you, and to never give up.
Three weeks after graduation, I started a job at CFMA as an Editorial Assistant for CFMA Building Profits, an association magazine aimed at construction and financial industry professionals. Every day, I use the skills and knowledge of editing, proofreading, and publishing that I learned in Rosemont’s Graduate Publishing program.
But, more than anything, I also use the other life lessons of communication, balance, hard work, passion, and drive every single day. And outside of just me, the others around me display them, too. And thanks to this program, I am comfortable with using my educational and life lessons in my everyday life.
For the educational opportunities, life experiences and lessons, and future possibilities that Rosemont and the Graduate Publishing program brought me, I am eternally grateful.
Goal 1: Literacy of Industry Terminology: Curricula will enable effective communication with vocabulary specific to the entire publishing industry.
Objective 1: Students will demonstrate an ability to accurately use industry terms in written form.
Objective 2: Students will demonstrate an ability to accurately use industry terms in verbal presentations.
Objective 3: Students will demonstrate an ability to accurately use terms in written and verbal communications within the concentrations of Children’s and YA, Editing, or Design.
Goal 2: Current Industry Status: The degree will enable students to research, analyze, and discuss realities of the publishing industry.
Objective 1: Students will be able to conduct effective research into current industry realities.
Objective 2: Students will be able to synthesize the research they have conducted into various projects and communications relevant to publishing.
Objective 3: Students will be able to conduct and discuss effective research within the concentrations of Children’s and YA, Editing, or Design.
Goal 3: Effective Communication: Graduates will analyze and create effective communication across various publics and audiences.
Objective 1: Students will learn to adapt their messages to various audiences and situations in order to communicate more effectively.
Objective 2: Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively between editorial, marketing, publicity, design, and sales departments.
Goal 4: Translating Knowledge to the Marketplace: Curricula will prepare graduates for work in publishing marketplaces.
Objective 1: Students will synthesize information learned in the classroom setting into workable information and skills for application in publishing marketplaces.
Objective 2: Students will learn how to adapt and grow their skill sets and information in order to remain marketable in the publishing industry.