While it’s the end of the spring semester, I’m sure a lot of you are thinking about internships. If you are hoping to intern at a book, magazine, or media company in the fall, now is the time to start looking at PUB 699A, a.k.a. Internship I. In the fall and spring, internships run the length of the semester and students are required to intern 16-24 hours/week. (Summer internships, by contrast, are typically 35-40 hours/week and run from June through August.)
Most internship applications have closed for the summer, but now is a great time to start looking and applying for internships in the fall! Below are descriptions of each of the Big 5 publishers, if you are looking to intern at one of them. If you would like help finding an internship, please contact Professor Jane Kinney-Denning, Executive Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach. As the M.S. in Publishing program’s go-to contact for internships, Professor Denning can help you shape your resume and cover letter. Feel free to book an appointment with her here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, Hachette Book Group (HBG) publishes more than 1,400 adult books, 300 YA/children’s books, and 450 audio books. HBG headquarters is located in New York City, but satellite offices can be found in Boston, Lebanon (IN), Nashville, Boulder, Philadelphia, and Berkeley. HBG also owns Hachette Book Group Canada, Inc., a marketing and publicity company located in Toronto. Familiar HBG imprints include: Little, Brown & Company, Hachette Books, and Perseus Books.
- HBG’s bestselling author list is stacked. James Patterson, J.K. Rowling, Stephen Colbert, David Sedaris, Tom Wolfe, Stephenie Meyer, and Malcolm Gladwell all write for Hachette imprints.
- In 2016, 214 HBG books made the New York Times bestseller list (44 of these snagged the top spot at one point or another).
- Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, recently acquired Dear Evan Hansen: Through the Window, a behind-the-scenes look at the award-winning musical.
Jobs and PAID internship posts at HBG can be found here. Employment opportunities are broken down into 9 categories: art, distribution, editorial, finance, operations, production, publicity, sales, and subsidiary rights. Job descriptions are listed on the left hand side of the page, with corresponding location information on the right. You can also sign up for HBG job notification emails that alert you to new positions as they become available.
Richard L. (Dick) Simon and Max Lincoln Schuster were some of the first entrepreneurs to approach publishing from a marketing standpoint. From the very beginning, S&S spent five to ten times more money on advertising and promotion than their competitors, and it was the first publishing house to apply mass-market production and distribution techniques to books. In 1939, with the help of Robert Fair de Graff – a founder and former president of Pocket Books – the company brought about “the paperback revolution.” Today, Simon & Schuster, Inc. manages a number of divisions and imprints. In its adult publishing division, familiar imprint names include Gallery, Scribner, and Touchstone; in its children’s publishing division, familiar imprints include Aladdin, Little Simon, and Beach Lane Books. Today, S&S is part of the CBS Corporation with international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the UK.
- Simon & Schuster publishes many recognizable entertainment brands like Pocket Books’ Star Trek® and MTV Books.
- In 2016, Simon and Schuster’s Children’s Division introduced Salaam Reads, believed to be the first imprint focused on Muslim characters and stories.
- Simon & Schuster is home to many recognizable stories for young readers like Peanuts, Olivia, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.
Interns are placed “within specific imprints or divisions on either the adult or children’s side of the business based on interest, experience, academic coursework, and Simon & Schuster business needs. Past assignments have typically been within editorial, marketing, and publicity departments.” Each year, S&S has three 10-week internship programs in the summer, fall, and spring. The summer session is 35 hours/week, while fall and spring sessions are 16-20 hours/week (designed to accommodate academic schedules). Interns are PAID by the hour, and are required to fill out a weekly time sheet.
Applications for Simon & Schuster’s fall season is open now. For more internship information, click here.
- HarperCollins has gone through a number of name changes in the past 200 years.
- HarperCollins authors have won the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, and the Man Booker Prize.
- Well-known authors include: Veronica Roth, Kiera Cass, Amy Zhang, Jodi Lynn Anderson, Robin Talley, and Lauren Oliver.
HarperCollins fall internships open for applications in July and August. For more information, click here.
Macmillan Publishing was founded by Daniel and Alexander Macmillan in London in 1843. It has a number of imprints across the globe. Some of their U.S. publishers include Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Henry Holt and Company; Picador; St. Martin’s Press; Tor/Forge; Macmillan Audio; and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Many of these publishers are based in New York City.
- Many of Macmillan’s publishers reside in the iconic Flatiron Building on 23rd Street and Broadway near Madison Square.
- Macmillan has a number of podcasts available for public consumption like Steal the Stars, Feminasty, Rossen to the Rescue, Dig if you Will, and Rocket Talk.
- Well-known authors include: Wendy Walker, Jeff Rossen, Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Gailey, and Thomas Moore.
For more information on job opportunities and internships, click here.
Penguin Random House was established on July 1, 2013 when Penguin Group and Random House merged. Today, the company is home to almost 250 publishing imprints. Its mission “is to foster a universal passion for reading by partnering with authors to help create stories and communicate ideas that inform, entertain, and inspire, and to connect them with readers everywhere.” Headquartered in New York City, Penguin Random House operates in 20 countries across five continents. It publishes about 70,000 digital and 15,000 print titles every year and has more than 100,000 eBooks available in its catalog.
- The company is home to more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates
- Well-known authors include: John Green, Dan Jones, Marie Lu, Dan Brown, David Lagercrantz, E. Lockhart, and Gabriel Tallent.
Penguin Random House offers internships in the fall, spring, and summer. For more on internships and how to apply, click here.