Kelly Murphy works for Penguin Publishing
I'm currently the Digital Marketing & Publicity Coordinator for the Digital Products team at Penguin Group (USA), one of the largest trade book publishers in the world.
After graduation from PennState in May 2010 with a BA in English and a minor in French, I contemplated my career options, knowing I wanted to continue working with literature but not sure how to go about it. Liz Jenkins, the Internship Coordinator, informed me of Penguin’s paid internship program, which I applied to, participated in, and eventually transitioned into a full-time position. If interested in the internship experience, you can check out my blog on the Penguin website.
My job responsibilities now include working with our marketing and publicity directors on discoverability campaigns for our apps, video and audio-enhanced eBooks, subscription services, and games. I also collect research on the digital consumer to provide best practices in an advisory capacity, perform quality control, create press materials, and oversee the creation process from beginning to end for select digital products.
Penn State provided me with the tools to get here by offering a unique English program that offers intensive writing and literature courses as well as pragmatic, career-focused editorial and research courses. During my four years at Penn State, I took every opportunity the English program and College of the Liberal Arts offered—working one-on-one with professors on book research projects, conducting research of my own with the Undergraduate Summer Discovery Grant and internships grants, attending lecture series and conferences, editing a student-run magazine, and anything else I could get my hands on to broaden my knowledge.
Like you may be, I was sometimes worried that an English major could leave me jobless, but instead it gave me the opportunity to do something I love from 9-5 Monday through Friday.
- Kelly Murphy, B.A. 2010