Posted 20.10.21 by Bella Williams
I applied for the summer internship at Penguin the day before applications closed. There were nine positions available and they all looked so interesting, I thought even getting an interview would be a long shot, hence why I’d put off applying.
I’ve grown up reading Penguin books – and as a brand, it’s been a steady constant that’s followed me from reading my first books, to finding some of my favourites in university.
I was over the moon when I found out I’d made it through to the next stage of the application process, if not also a little terrified! I was pleasantly surprised at how welcoming and inviting everyone was for each step of the process. Everything was far less stressful than I’d anticipated.
My internship was based in the Digital Product team. It wasn’t the kind of role that I had heard too much about before, but I really liked the sound of the project description – and was right in thinking that something unexpected would be a good fit for me.
I spent eight weeks helping to update some real life Penguin websites (The Happy Foodie and Ottolenghi cookbooks) and was also able to get involved with lots of other interesting projects throughout the company. It was exciting being a part of a real project and watching ideas come to life.
I had known that I wanted to be involved in something to do with books, preferably publishing, from quite a young age. Getting the chance to see a publisher like Penguin from the inside was an invaluable experience in this regard. It opened my eyes to career avenues that I’d never even considered (or knew existed!) and gave me the opportunity to connect with people in those roles.
If you’re thinking of applying for an internship at Penguin, I couldn’t encourage you more to give it a go. Even if you feel apprehensive about the application process or are not sure what you want to do long-term, put in an application and see where it takes you.