Summer Internship Programme frequently asked questions

Posted 12.03.21 by Bella Williams

Are applications open?

Applications for 2021 are now closed.


What’s an internship like at Penguin Random House?

Watch our chat with Editorial Assistant Ellie, who shares her experience of interning in the Puffin Picture Books team:



How many internships are on offer?

There are 9 on offer, and they’re each working on different projects across a variety of departments. Read more about each here.


Do I get to choose which department I’ll work in?

We’ll get to know your preferences along the way. We’ll take your interests and skills into account and match our final 9 interns with the department they’re best suited with. This might not be where you’d first pictured yourself, but whichever department you’re matched with will give you transferrable skills that could be an important step in your future career.


Will I need to travel into your London offices?

Our internships this year are all remote, so you won’t be required to travel to London or come into our offices. While you’ll still meet our team, attend meetings and work on projects, you’ll be doing all of this virtually over the summer.


Do I need a degree to apply?

We removed our degree requirement in 2016. You don’t need to have studied at University, or have work experience in publishing to be eligible.


Is there an age limit for applicants?

Our applications are open to everyone over the age of 18.


Are you paying your interns?

Yes, they’ll be paid London Living Wage.


When will you let me know if I’ve got a spot?

Everyone will find out the outcome of their initial application on 14th April, and shortlisted finalists will know if they’re one of the 9 selected interns by 13th May. All the dates can be found here.


Is the internship full time?

The internship is full time, and you’ll be working Monday to Friday.


I don’t have a computer; can I do the internship?

Our IT team will courier all 9 of our interns a loan laptop to use for the 8 weeks.

They’ll be on hand remotely too, to make sure your tech is all set up, and throughout the internship.


What are you looking for in applicants?

Here’s our page all about applications to tell you more.



If you can’t see the answer to your question, you can get in touch with our careers team here.


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