Applications are now closed.

Have you got plans for the summer?

You could spend eight weeks on one of our placements and be part of Penguin Random House, the world’s leading trade publisher.


Whether you’re interested in learning about Editorial, Marketing, Sales or many of our other teams, you’ll gain skills and knowledge that will equip you for wherever you go next.


You’ll be paid London Living Wage, be part of a team and attend key department meetings to get a better sense of what they do and how they work with other departments.

How will it work?

You’ll take charge of a project, with the help of your colleagues, so there is a chance to make a real impact on how we do things.

Here are the projects you could be taking part in:

Creative Responsibility

Audiences, Brand and Comms


This project is about engaging young people with Lit in Colour, Penguin’s campaign to diversify the teaching and learning of English Literature in UK schools and champion writers of colour. This will include finding new and creative ways to engage young people in this project, including our new Lit in Colour student essay competition and schools ambassador programme. You’ll also help to plan a new series of Penguin Talks, our author speaker series for schools, pitching topics and speakers you think will most appeal to young people.


You’ll join the Creative Responsibility team, who set the strategy for Penguin’s social and environmental impact. After a summer of researching, evaluating, generating ideas and collaborating with the team, you’ll come away with knowledge and understanding of Creative Responsibility, of representation in books on the English Literature curriculum, and have gained experience presenting your ideas and research to our team.

Digital Product

Audiences, Brand and Comms


This project is in our Digital Product team, who manage all the branded websites we have at Penguin Random House UK. The project is ideal for foodies, who want to learn more about behind-the-scenes of our websites.


You’ll get stuck in with the build and launch of two high profile websites. You’ll have the chance to see the entire process of creating a digital product, from agency relationships, website content management, requirement writing, testing, security, accessibility and more.


Over the internship you’ll gain valuable insight into the world of digital publishing. You’ll have the chance to learn project management skills, basic coding, understanding of the agile processes, and get a glimpse into how we develop and maintain websites.




You’ll have the chance to get stuck in with creative ideas on these online marketing projects at Cornerstone.


You’ll be working on marketing content for a rom-com publication, helping out with social strategy, creating content and engaging with the sci-fi and fantasy audience, Del Rey. You’ll also get involved with finding ways to drive awareness and excitement with the online campaigns for two upcoming key title launches, thinking of ways we can connect our books with influencers across different platforms, from Instagram to TikTok.


Over the summer you’ll be contributing your ideas, attending meetings, creating content and learning about how marketing works for a variety of genres. You’ll have developed your copywriting and project management skills and have gained an understanding of community management.

Penguin Random House Children’s

Editorial (Non-Trade)


This project is with the Puffin Picture Book Editorial team. Non-trade publishing can come in all shapes and sizes – it can be anything from a high-end deluxe box set of hardbacks to a paperback colouring book.


You’ll get to know our products as you focus on creating a record of them over the internship. You’ll also get involved with the team helping out with some editorial tasks, as well as conducting research about our customers, and sharing your findings with the team.


After your summer with us, you’ll have had an introduction to the publishing process, the non-trade book market and the sort of work we do in our Editorial departments. The project will see you learn more about the books we publish and who we sell them to, it will also give you the opportunity meet with people in various departments and brush up on your organisation skills.




This project is based in the Ebury Lifestyle and Self hub. It’s in the Communications team which brings together Publicity and Marketing.


Your project will help our campaigns to reach new audiences. You’ll be meeting with colleagues, learning how things are done, and researching how other people approach influencer marketing.

You’ll be able to offer your own perspective, share ideas about how to apply your findings to our campaigns, and suggest which books to work with.


Over the summer you’ll have connected with colleagues all over Penguin Random House, and improved your project management, researching and presentation skills. You’ll come away with an understanding of how to create a strategy, and how campaigns are put together.

Penguin Random House Group Rights



This project is based in our Rights team who look after the rights for the whole of Penguin Random House UK.


You’ll keep up to date with trade press, attend team meetings, and work closely with colleagues. Your project will involve exploring our backlist titles to create a  series of sales catalogues. This’ll mean researching and organising information, putting together mailing groups, and getting to know a variety of genres across non fiction and fiction.


You’ll come away from your internship with a unique overview of the international publishing landscape. You’ll have had the opportunity to learn about title categorisation, publishing genres and have an insight in US and foreign language markets.


Non-Trade Sales


This Sales project might change your assumptions about what it might be like to work in a Sales role in publishing. From ASOS, Urban Outfitters and Neon Sheep; to The Works, ALDI, LIDL and B&M; the non-trade team look after retailers who are not the traditional outlets for books.


It’s about building relationships, creating new opportunities, expanding our reach in the market, and working closely with our colleagues in the publishing houses. You’ll contribute ideas on new partnership opportunities, learn about, and share your findings on key accounts. You’ll also get the chance to help out with pitches for potential new retail partners.


After a summer of developing your organisation, pitching, communication and presentation skills, you’ll have an overview of UK Sales, and an insight into the publishing process.

Penguin Press

Sales and Marketing


This project in the Penguin Press team is all about driving online sales and discoverability of our books.


You’ll be using the various tools, testing different approaches and reporting on your learnings. You’ll get involved with metadata, copy and online advertising for backlist titles across Penguin Classics and non-fiction. There’s also the chance to see how your work on the project can directly impact book sales.


You’ll be shown how to set up and run campaigns on Amazon and Google, and after the internship, you’ll have an overview of the variety of digital marketing tools publishers use to improve online sales and discoverability. You’ll also have improved your analysis and reporting skills, and gained experience in presenting your work.


Brand and Marketing


Working with VINTAGE, this project gives you the opportunity to work across brand and marketing. You’ll help us to better communicate and expand our audiences.


There’s lots to get involved with, from joining discussions about driving online sales, learning how to update our product pages and assisting with campaigns. You’ll also immerse yourself in research for topics such as influencers, upcoming titles, brand partners and showcase events.


Over the summer you’ll have the opportunity to influence the creative process of on-going projects, and gain experience of collaborating with not only with brand and marketing, but also with other teams including Editorial, Production and Sales.

How do I apply?

We want to make our application process as straightforward as possible for you.

We run three selection stages to match our interns with the right projects.

Answer the application questions

No need to spend ages crafting the perfect CV and cover letter. You’ll answer three questions in an inclusive hiring platform called Applied.


Read more about what we’ll be asking as well as some application tips here.

Virtual tasks

The highest-scoring applicants will then be invited to complete a few virtual tasks.

These help us to get to know you better, and understand your skills and interests so we can match you with one of our projects.


You’ll be interviewed by one of our managers who’ll then select the best person for their summer project.

Throughout every step of the selection process, we’ll be looking for your demonstration across six core qualities.

Will I need to travel into your London offices?

This year, we’re running our internships remotely.

While you’ll still meet our team, attend meetings and work on projects, you’ll be doing all of this virtually.

Who can apply?

You don’t need to have been to University, or have work experience in publishing to be eligible.

The only criteria for applicants, other than an interest in working with us and learning more about publishing, is that you’re over 18, and have the legal right to work in the UK.

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 16th March Applications opened


Thursday 1st April  Applications closed


Wednesday 14th April  We’ll let you know the outcome of your application 


3rd – 7th May  Learning and selection week


Thursday 6th May  Virtual interview day


Thursday 13th May We’ll let you know the outcome of the learning and selection week.


5th July – 27th August  9 successful finalists will join us for their Summer Internship

If your application is shortlisted, you’ll take part in our learning and selection week. You’ll complete virtual tasks, and have an interview with some of our colleagues.


While you can complete the virtual tasks in your own time, you’ll need to be available on the virtual interview day to take part.

To get a flavour of what it’s like to intern at Penguin Random House, you can also read about the experiences of our previous years’ interns in our blog.

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