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Penguin Random House Internships

Spring 2022 Internship

Penguin Random House will be offering a remote paid internship opportunity available in one of their adult or children’s editorial departments. When a book proposal is received, the editor decides whether or not to pursue it for acquisition, then works with the author to turn the manuscript into a finished book. They negotiate contracts, edit the books for content, structure, and on a line-by-line basis, and collaborate with internal departments on how to package, market, and publicize the book. Program Dates: March 21, 2022 – May 13, 2022.

Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Reading, evaluating, and responding to slush, agented submissions, and contracted works
  • Writing readers’ reports and copy
  • Updating title information sheets
  • Attending virtual meetings with department
  • Researching consumer interests and identifying trends via social media and other outlets
  • Competitive title research
  • Interns will learn more about the editorial process, publishing industry, and our business through employee speaker series digital events over the course of the program.

With a full focus on Managing Editorial, and Production Editorial, the spring 2022 internship program offers candidates the opportunity to work in the Penguin Random House Adult & Children’s divisions, attend weekly professional development programming, and learn about the world of publishing. This program is intended to provide opportunities for racially/ethnically underrepresented groups in the publishing industry. Active chapter members interested in learning about the world of marketing in book publishing are encouraged to apply. No prior publishing experience is required.

Similar to the previous programs, this program will be 100% remote and will run between Monday, March 21 and Friday, May 20, 2022.

During this eight week program, the intern will work 14 hours per week at a pay rate of $20/hr. Intern schedules will be flexible to account for candidates who may be located in a variety of time zones.

Priority Candidate Eligibility

Priority candidates are active student members of Sigma Tau Delta who are

  • a senior in spring 2022
  • a current senior
  • a December 2021 graduate
  • a student in a graduate program

Candidates must be located in the US during the dates of the program.

If a priority candidate is selected for the internship, they will receive an additional $350 stipend.

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Sigma Tau Delta Priority Application

Sigma Tau Delta has the opportunity to submit up to four priority candidates. The priority candidates will receive an interview with Penguin Random House hiring staff. To apply for the priority application, eligible student members must complete
  1. the Sigma Tau Delta's Penguin Random House priority survey form (due December 15); and
  2. the Penguin Random House internship application (due January 13).
Sigma Tau Delta staff will verify members who are current undergraduate or graduate students. The selection committee will evaluate the priority applications to select the priority candidates. Selections will be announced after January 15, 2022.

Submission Requirements

To be considered for a priority candidate position students must complete two applications: the Sigma Tau Delta priority application by December 15, and the Penguin Random House application by January 13, 2022.

Step 1: Complete the Sigma Tau Delta PRH priority application.

Link to Sigma Tau Delta PRH Priority Application

This is a confidential SurveyMonkey application link for students who are applying for the priority application. The application is closed. The Service and Partnership Committee evaluators will assess applications for further review for priority application.

  • The application requires you to upload a cover letter, resume, and complete two short essay questions. In the cover letter if you have a preference for working with adult or children's books or if you are particularly interested in any genre(s)
  • Questions regarding the online submission process should be addressed to sigmatdapply@niu.edu.

Step 2: Submit Your Application to Penguin Random House.

After you have applied through Sigma Tau Delta's portal, you must also apply directly to Penguin Random House. The Penguin Random House application is due on or before January 13, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Link to Penguin Random House Internship Application

Judging and Notification

Penguin Random House (PRH) staff will review and contact the four priority candidates for interviews. All other applicants will be part of PRH's general application pool. The final internship selections will be made by PRH in February 2022.

Blog Requirement

A follow-up blog is required from PRH interns who are Sigma Tau Delta members receiving the $350 stipend. The blog is an article (400-600 words) for WORDYbyNature, the official Society blog, sharing such things as how the internship contributed to their professional growth or field of study; its impact on their future career plans; and the importance of the funding to the internship experience.

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