Seriously at every step in this thread you've basically said you're unwilling to do what anyone is suggesting. You don't want to reach out to alumni, you don't want to work outside a specific field that you think you'd like, etc.
Have you looked up certificate/graduate programs for publishing?
Have you looked up local publishing firms which you might be able to intern at?
Have you contacted your local University's academic press?
Princeton University Press, 41 William Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 USA
Here's their entire staff list. Are you calling these people?
Director of Princeton University Press
Peter Dougherty, Director (609-258-6778)
Martha Camp, Administrative Assistant to the Director: (609-258-4953)
Associate Director of Princeton University Press
Patrick Carroll, Associate Director and Controller (609-258-2486)
**Note: Princeton University Press does not accept unsolicited proposals or manuscripts via e-mail.**
Brigitta van Rheinberg, Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor (history--American, European, Middle Eastern, Jewish, Asian, Medieval, and World)(609-258-4935)
Fred Appel, Senior Editor (anthropology, music, religion) (609-258-2484)
Seth Ditchik, Executive Editor (economics and finance) (609-258-9428)
Ingrid Gnerlich, Senior Editor (physical and earth sciences) (609-258-5775)
Alison Kalett, Editor (biology and earth sciences) (609-258-9232)
Vickie Kearn, Executive Editor (mathematics) (609-258-2321)
Robert Kirk, Executive Editor (biology, natural history, ornithology, Field Guides) (609-258-4884)
Alison MacKeen, Senior Editor (literature, art) (609-258-4569)
Chuck Myers, Executive Editor (political science, law) (609-258-4922)
Anne Savarese, Executive Editor (reference) (609-258-4937)
Eric Schwartz, Editor (sociology, cognitive sciences) (609-258-4908)
Robert Tempio, Executive Editor (philosophy, ancient world, and political theory) (609-258-0843)
U.K./European Editorial & Marketing Office: 6 Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1TW England
Al Bertrand, Publishing Director, phone: 011-44-1993-814501 email: abertrand at pupress.co.uk
Ben Tate, Editor and Director of Foreign Rights, phone: 011-44-1993-814502 email: btate at pupress.co.uk
Caroline Priday, European Director of Publicity, phone: 011-44-1993-814503 email: cpriday at pupress.co.uk
Kim Williams, Translations Editor and International Rights Manager, phone: 011-44-1993-814 509 email: kwilliams at pupress.co.uk
Patrick Carroll, Controller (609-258-2486)
Editing, Design and Production:
Neil Litt, Director of Editing, Design and Production (609-258-5066)
Elizabeth Byrd, Editorial Manuscripts Manager (609-258-2589)
Eileen Reilly, Electronic Manuscripts Manager (609-258-2719)
Adam Fortgang, Assistant Press Director & Marketing Director (609-258-4896)
Leslie Nangle, Associate Marketing Director (609-258-5881)
Melissa Burton, Exhibits Manager (609-258-4915)
Julie Haenisch, Senior Text Promotion Manager (609 258-6856)
Donna Liese, Advertising Manager (609-258-4924)
Priscilla Treadwell, Digital Sales Director (609-258-9387)
Permissions Coordinator phone: 609-258-1611 email: permissions at press.princeton.edu
Permissions information and forms
Andrew DeSio, Publicity Director (609-258-5165)
Information on Review Copy Requests email: publicity at press.princeton.edu
Chuck Creesy, Director of Publishing Technologies (609-258-5745)
Timothy Wilkins, Sales Director (609-258-4898)
John Hussey, Assistant Director of Sales/National Accounts Manager (609-258-4877)
Shaquona Crews, Domestic Subsidiary Rights Manager (609-258-5799)
Kim Williams, International Rights Manager (011-44-1993-814 509)
For all translation rights queries, please see our listing of international rights agents.
People always talk about how a liberal arts degree is so useless, but to me it's not the degree, it's the sense of entitlement and laziness...