Penguin Random House - Summer 2016

The application period for 2016 will run from December 1 - January 11.

A paid summer internship opportunity is available from Penguin Random House to provide an interested undergraduate student member of Sigma Tau Delta with experience in the publishing industry.

The Sigma Tau Delta/Penguin Random House Summer Internship will run ten consecutive weeks in New York City from June 6, 2016, through August 12, 2016. The recipient will work 28 hours per week, earning $10.00 per hour. For the 2016 summer internship, Sigma Tau Delta will provide the recipient an additional $1,500 stipend to assist with travel and housing expenses.

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 summer internship program for Sigma Tau Delta.

Scope of the 2016 Internship

Penguin Random House has a wonderful opportunity for a summer internship in one of their editorial departments. The intern may assist with the following:

  • Reading and evaluating manuscripts
  • Writing readers reports and rejection letters
  • Researching permission requests, attending meetings, and preparing manuscripts for transmittal
  • Administrative duties including mailings, filing, updating the submission logs, and routing materials

Application Submission Instructions

Online Instructions

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 our Young Readers and Adult divisions, as well as within some of our corporate divisions.

Upon application, please submit, with your resume, a one to two page letter addressing your qualifications and your interest in the editorial field of publishing. In your cover letter indicate up to three business area(s) you are interested in, and in detail, specify the types of books you would like to work with.

Address your cover letter to: Sigma Tau Delta Internship Committee. Preliminary screening will be made by a Sigma Tau Delta panel of judges, and the top five applications will be forwarded to Penguin Random House for final selection.

Link to Online Application

Online Account Set-up

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 Sponsors 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.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Monday, January 11, 2016, 11:59 p.m. CST. 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, and the top five applications will be forwarded to Penguin Random House for final selection. You will be notified by February 29, by means of the email address associated with your account, whether or not you are among the five finalists. A final decision is expected to be made by Penguin Random House in mid-April.

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, Foder’s, Gotham, 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 website and Random House website

Penguin Random House values the array of talents and perspectives that a diverse workforce brings. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Past Recipients

Summer 2015
Colton CoxColton Cox (Mu Omega Chapter, SUNY, College at Oneonta, Oneonta, NY)



Summer 2014
Natalie HallakNatalie Hallak (Upsilon Omicron Chapter, St. John's University, Queens, NY)



Megan WilliamsMegan Williams (Rho Epsilon Chapter, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL)



Summer 2013
Ashleigh LovelaceAshleigh Lovelace (Delta Epsilon Upsilon Chapter, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Read about Ashleigh's first half at Penguin Group (USA).


Summer 2012
Nadia Barksdale (Phi Xi Chapter, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL)

Summer 2010
Kristen Susienka (Alpha Tau Chapter, St. Norbert College, WI)

Summer 2009
Alison Colman (Chi Lambda Chapter, Elmhurst College, IL)