Franziska Böswald has been working at IPR License as Business Administration Intern since July. We met up with her recently to ask her about her role and to talk about what she has learned since starting her job.
Please tell us a little bit about your background.
In the final year of my BA in Photography I was head of the editorial team for the graduate show’s catalogue and discovered publishing as a possible career path for me. As a next step I enrolled on and completed the MA in Publishing Media at Oxford Brookes University. During the MA I volunteered with the Oxford Publishing Society, and through working at the London Book Fair and course trips to the Frankfurt and most recently the Beijing Book Fair, I discovered a love for all things book fair. This ultimately led me to IPR.
Why did you decide to apply to work at IPR and what does your role involve?
At the London Book Fair 2018 I met Jane Tappuni, IPR’s General Manager, and we started chatting about a possible internship. In the summer of the same year IPR advertised for a summer internship via the Oxford Brookes Publishing Jobs Newsletter and I saw it as a great opportunity to learn more about publishing rights, marketing and audience development.
In my role as Business Administration Intern at IPR I have so far supported the marketing team with their social media communications, researched titles from the platform for newsletters and helped the account management team with administrative tasks in their preparation for the Frankfurt Book Fair. At the fair this past October I was in charge of manning the IPR stand and thoroughly enjoyed promoting IPR in both English and German whilst taking some stress away from my colleagues by attending to customers and assisting with the smooth running of meetings.
What have you learned during your time at IPR License?
What I love most about my role at IPR is that it is incredibly diverse and I get an insight into all aspects of the company from admin to marketing to account management. The international focus of the company and in particular the close link with Germany (Frankfurter Buchmesse) allows me to use my native language and get a feel for the more global side of the publishing industry.
My internship has given me an understanding of what value technology, and automation in particular, can add to rights and permissions sales. The tools provided by IPR help connect publishers big and small around the globe, and what fascinates me most is how easy and efficiently transactions between sellers and buyers can be made via the IPR platform.
What types of books do you like reading for pleasure?
I love both romance novels and crime books (e.g. Cecilia Ahern and Colin Dexter) but have started to get into thrillers recently. I can really recommend “Tubing” by K.A. McKeagney published by Red Door Publishing.
If you could use one word to describe yourself, what would it be?
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