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Penguin Random House Internships

Penguin Random House (PRH) offers paid internship opportunities to learn about the world of book publishing. Opportunities are available in their Adult & Children’s divisions in business areas such as contracts, editorial, finance, graphic design, managing editorial, marketing, online marketing, production, publicity, sales, subsidiary rights, and operations. PRH offers internships during the spring, summer, and fall, with each session lasting 10 weeks. Interns will work 14 hours per week for the spring and fall sessions and 28 hours per week in the summer. Opportunities are available in PRH Broadway offices in New York City.

Paid internship opportunities are available from Penguin Random House to provide interested undergraduate student members of Sigma Tau Delta with experience in the publishing industry. Sigma Tau Delta selects six finalists as priority candidates for each internship cycle. 

Sigma Tau Delta/PRH Internship Application Dates

Internship Period Applications Open Applications Due Priority Candidates Notification Sigma Tau Delta Stipend
2020 Summer Dec 9, 2019 Dec 30, 2019 Jan 20, 2020 $1,500
2020 Fall Apr 6, 2020 May 4, 2020 May 29, 2020 $700

2021 Spring

Sep 14, 2020 Oct 5, 2020 Oct 30, 2020 $700

Eligibility and Tips

Applicants must be active Sigma Tau Delta members who are in an undergraduate program at the time of application. Their anticipated graduation date must be in 2020 or 2021; applicants who expect to graduate in spring 2020 may apply.

  • Applicants with prior internship experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Your application materials will be reviewed carefully. You have the option to apply in one to three business areas. Prioritize and explain why you are applying to the selected area(s).

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Additional Details

Individual colleges and universities may arrange for academic credit for the internship but that must be worked out between the student and her/his university.

The recipient of the internship will be responsible for securing and paying for housing as well as other expenses. Each applicant must be prepared to accept the internship and its conditions if it is awarded to her/him. Failure to do so may jeopardize the continuation of the Penguin Random House internship program for Sigma Tau Delta.

Summer 2020 Application Instructions

Accepted December 9 - 30, 2019

The summer internship will run ten consecutive weeks in New York City (NYC), June 1 - August 7. The recipient will work 28 hours per week, earning $20.00 per hour. Sigma Tau Delta will provide the recipient an additional $1,500 stipend to assist with expenses. Offers will be made in March 2020.

Penguin Random House offers paid internship opportunities in various business areas such as contracts, editorial, finance, graphic design, managing editorial, marketing, online marketing, production, publicity, sales, subsidiary rights, and operations. Internship opportunities will be available in their Young Readers and Adult divisions, as well as within some of their corporate divisions. In addition to the editorial field, Penguin Random House provides the opportunity for our members to be considered for available internships across all business areas.

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Cover Letter

Upon application, please submit, with your resume, a one to two page cover letter addressing your qualifications, including prior internship experience, and one to three business areas that you are applying for. You should include if you have a preference for working within an adult or children's imprint or if you are particularly interested in any genre(s).

Address your cover letter to: Sigma Tau Delta Internship Committee.

Online Account Set-up

The application deadline is December 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).

Application Link

You already have an online account if you have previously:

  • submitted a paper or roundtable proposal for the international convention
  • registered for the international convention
  • submitted a paper for the Sigma Tau Delta journals

To access your account use the same email address and password you used previously. If you have forgotten your account, type in your email address and at least five characters in "password." The system will reply to you via email with the actual password. You will then be able to logon to the system.

If you do not have an online acount, you must first set up your account. Create a password containing at least five characters.

All confirmations and follow-up communication will be sent to the email address you used to set up your account.

Step 1: Authors

After you have successfully logged on, choose: Submitter Account | Add As Author/Co-Author.
Note: Sigma Tau Delta only allows one author.

Choose the Continue button at the bottom of the page.

Step 2: Add Submission

In the Title box, type in your full name in order of  "last name, first name."

Example: Smith, Mary

Cover Letter

Select your word documents. Click the Browse button to select your first document (your cover letter), then click the Attach button.

Attachments must be titled in the order of "last name, first name, document title."

SmithMaryCover.doc or docx


Click the Browse button to select you second document (your resume), then click the Attach button.

Attachments must be titled in the order of "last name, first name, document title."

SmithMaryResume.doc or docx

You will now see your two documents listed below the document box.

Step 3: Other Information

Complete all the following information fields:

  • Chapter State
  • Chapter School
  • Chapter Region
  • Induction Semester
  • Induction Year
  • Anticipated Graduation Year
  • Chapter/Faculty Sponsor Name (first and last name)*
  • Chapter/Faculty Sponsor Email Address*

* See Chapter Directory. Chapter/Faculty Advisors are included within the chapter listing.

Click the Continue button at the bottom of the page.

Step 4: Review

Click: Continue and review the information for your application.
You may make edits at this time (choose the Edit button). To save edits, click the Accept button at the bottom of the page.

Click: Save Changes.

Submission Confirmation

You will receive an email confirmation that your application has been received. Please check your confirmation.

Questions regarding the online submission process should be addressed to

Judging and Notification

Preliminary screening will be made by a Sigma Tau Delta panel of judges. The top six applications will be forwarded to Penguin Random House to be included in their final round of selections. You will be notified by January 20, by means of the email address associated with your account, whether or not you are among the five finalists.

About Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children's publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world. In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution. Our vibrant and diverse international community of nearly 250 publishing brands and imprints include Ballantine Bantam Dell, Berkley Books, Clarkson Potter, Crown, DK, Doubleday, Dutton, Fodor's, Grosset & Dunlap, Little Golden Books, Knopf, Modern Library, Pantheon, Penguin Books, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Young Readers, Portfolio, Puffin, Putnam, Random House, Random House Children's Books, Riverhead, Ten Speed Press, Viking, and Vintage, among others. More information can be found at the Penguin Random House website.

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