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By Penny Ruddock, Aimee Whittle and Sheridan Pena

Production Assistant (Part-Time) - Hurst Publishers

Closing Date: 28th June

Salary: £24,725 – £26,875 pro rata

Location: United Kingdom, Hybrid Remote

Hurst Publishers are looking for someone to join their team as a Production Assistant!

As a production assistant, you will be reporting directly to the Production Director and will play an essential role at every stage of production, assisting with both general-interest and academic books. You will also have the opportunity to gain insight into Editorial, Sales & Marketing and Publicity, working closely with colleagues from those teams.

Your duties will include taking the lead on author management during production; checking and marking up proof corrections; liaising with Hurst’s production partners, e.g. typesetters, proofreaders & indexers; commissioning maps to illustrate books; commissioning cover designs for press review copies; and text production for paperback editions.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of and interest in global current affairs, excellent written communication skills, and a good eye for detail. You should have outstanding levels of organisation and capacity for independent work, strong interpersonal skills, and ability to learn fast in a small team. You should also be familiar with Microsoft Office.

Hurst has a hybrid model, with each staff member working both from home and in their office at Somerset House, Central London. The role can be based anywhere, including fully office-based if preferred, but at a minimum you must be able to travel to London or Brighton once a fortnight to work in person with the Production Director, and to travel to London once a month to work in person with the whole team.

Find out more here.

Editorial Assistant at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing

Closing Date: 30th June

Salary: £18,000 - £22,000

Location: Cambridge (Hybrid work option available)

If you are intrigued by academic publishing, check out this Editorial Assistant position at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.

An academic publisher specialising in works focused on food science and agriculture, Burleigh Dodds offers a wonderful opportunity to join their editorial team. They are searching for an individual who has a good eye for detail, possesses great interpersonal skills, is a confident communicator on paper and verbally, and has initiative.

The main responsibility for this Editorial Assistant position is overall project management for books and their chapters. This includes recording the progress of publication in Burleigh Dodds internal systems, collaborating with Production and Design, helping to build and maintain the editor/author relationship, and updating the Editorial team on the progress of projects as needed.

Click here to find out how to apply.


The Scheme Traineeship - Penguin Random House

Closing Date: 28th June

Salary: £20,000 - £30,000

Location: London

"The Scheme is for voices we want to hear more of in publishing. Could yours be one of them?"

Penguin Random House are offering the opportunity to kickstart your publishing career by undertaking a six-month internship where you can develop your skills and knowledge of the publishing industry.

You’ll immerse yourself within either their Sales, Publicity or Editorial business areas, geared up to support you as you make decisions for yourself and contribute to PRH’s shared mission to make books for everyone. Whatever team you’re placed with, you’ll gain universally applicable skills that will equip you for wherever you go next.

It’s not a requirement to have completed any formal work experience in or outside of the publishing industry or have a degree qualification.

For more information on this amazing opportunity, click here.

The DRF David Miller internship programme - Deborah Rogers Foundation

Closing Date: 22nd June

Salary/bursary: £2,510 plus expenses of £100/week included for travel and other costs.

Location: London & Germany

Here is an amazing opportunity to take part in a paid publishing internship with the Deborah Rogers Foundation!

The internship takes place over a 6 week period, and offers an entry-level introduction to rights and agenting in publishing companies and literary agencies, aiming to give candidates a full understanding of the roles of rights professionals within the wider industry. This goal is achieved through first-hand experience and intensive training, providing participants with a significant steppingstone in their search for future employment. Topics covered include the concepts underpinning intellectual property and copyright; how publishing licences work; how authors and agents work together; the role of the publisher both domestically and in international markets; the ways in which translation rights are sold; the role of literary scouts; how publishers exploit the rights they have acquired; and insights into some translation publishing markets in a variety of countries. The educational schedule includes a visit to the Frankfurt Book Fair, the key yearly rights event in October. The two interns are given mentoring and guidance throughout their placements.

For more information and to apply, click here.

European Office Intern - Princeton University Press

Closing Date: 7 July

Salary: £11.35 hourly (Oxford Living Wage)

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Are you in Oxfordshire and looking for an internship role? Princeton University Press are looking an intern to join them between 11 September and 2 February (lasting 20 weeks)

The position would be hybrid (2 days minimum per week in the office) and would include experience within the following departments: Editorial, Marketing, Publicity and Rights.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting in marketing research for key titles

  • Preparing deal memos for the International Rights team to circulate, and logging and maintaining PUP’s customized database of contract and licensing records.

  • Assisting in researching and preparing for book fairs and market visits

  • Creating press releases and press release emails for select monographs

  • Sending complimentary copies of books to authors, peer-reviewers, and blurbers

  • Soliciting endorsements for forthcoming books

You can find more information here.


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