A Not-So-Random House Internship

Sigma Tau Delta is now accepting applications for priority consideration for Spring Penguin Random House internships. The Sigma Tau Delta priority application is due by November 7 for internships taking place Februrary 13 – April 21, 2023. A second PRH internship application period will open in January for the summer internship.

I’ve always been obsessed with storytelling for as long as I can remember, so when I applied for college, I knew right away that I wanted to major in English. Encouraged by my Chapter Advisor and mentor, I applied for the Penguin Random House internship on a whim. Never in my wildest dreams would I predict that I would receive an email a few weeks later asking if I was available for an interview. Several rounds later, I received a phone call as I walked on the beach asking if I would accept the opportunity to join the PRH Children’s Books team as a marketing intern. Thus began the best summer of my college career.

Despite being a remote internship, my time with Penguin Random House was nothing short of welcoming and supportive. Paired with an amazing mentor and team, I navigated my way through picture books, middle-grade series, branded content, and young adult titles across four teams. PRH Children’s Books is broken up into four sub-teams for their marketing department: trade marketing, brand marketing, digital marketing, and school & library marketing. While interning for Penguin, I was able to spend two weeks in each department and learn what makes each of them unique in the world of children’s book marketing.

As a recent college graduate, this internship provided me with a first look at what my career could be. From drafting copy for ad campaigns to working with influencers, and even working with major branded titles from Disney and Marvel, my time with Penguin was anything but boring. Each day I was faced with a different challenge and explored a new area of the world of children’s marketing. A highlight of my internship had to be working with the show team to help organize booths and signings at San Diego Comic-Con. I always wanted to attend the show and while I still have yet to do so, I had the amazing opportunity to see the back workings of what it takes to bring the Penguin Random House titles to life at such a large event.

It was a joy to work with all of the teams and I am forever grateful to Sigma Tau Delta for providing the opportunity to work with my dream company. Without their funding and support throughout my undergraduate years, I would never have dreamed that I would be able to work at the heart of the publishing world. I would also like to thank Penguin Random House and the amazing teams I worked with for all of their compassion and support!

Wende Hurtuk
Penguin Random House Internship Recipient, Summer 2022
Alpha Kappa Theta Chapter
Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ


Penguin Random House Internships

Paid internship opportunities are available from Penguin Random House to provide interested undergraduate and graduate student members of Sigma Tau Delta with experience in the publishing industry.

Spring 2023

Application due dates:

  • Application to Sigma Tau Delta for priority consideration: November 7, 2022
  • Full application to Penguin Random House: November 18, 2022

The Penguin Random House internship program offers candidates the opportunity to work in the Penguin Random House Adult & Children’s divisions, attend weekly professional development programming, and learn about the world of publishing. This program is intended to provide opportunities for racially/ethnically underrepresented groups in the publishing industry. Active chapter members interested in learning about the world of marketing in book publishing are encouraged to apply. No prior publishing experience is required.

During the next spring ten week program, spring interns will work remote for 14 hours per week at a pay rate of $20/hr. Intern schedules will be flexible to account for candidates who may be located in a variety of time zones.

  • 2023 PRH Spring Internships Offered: Editorial, Sales, and Marketing and Publicity
  • Internship Dates: Februrary 13 – April 21, 2023

Priority Candidate Eligibility

Priority candidates are active student members of Sigma Tau Delta who are

  • a current senior
  • a senior in spring 2023
  • a student who will graduate in the fall 2022 term
  • a student in a graduate program

Candidates must be located in the US during the dates of the program.

A spring 2023 priority candidate selected for a remote internship will receive an additional $350 stipend from Sigma Tau Delta.

To be considered for a priority candidate position students must complete two applications: the Sigma Tau Delta priority application by November 7, and the Penguin Random House application, by November 18, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Past Penguin Internship Recipient Blogs

Exploring the World of Children’s Publishing with a PRH Internship
Hidden Heroes: Working as a Production Editorial Intern at Penguin Random House
Interning at Penguin Random House through Sigma Tau Delta
An Internship Like No Other: Perseverance and Publishing at PRH
Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together: My PRH Internship
The One Where I Remotely Interned at Penguin Random House
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome to Apply for a PRH Internship
Saying ‘Why Not’ to a Career at Penguin Random House
Publishing in the Time of Covid: My Virtual Internship at PRH
Not So Random Memories from My PRH Internship
Making Protagonist Choices: My Internship at PRH
Perfect is Penguin: My Internship at Penguin Random House
My 140 Hours Interning at PRH’s Razorbill
How an Internship Shaped my Career
Spending Summer in an Igloo: My Editorial Internship with Penguin Random House
Interning at Penguin: Life of a Book Nerd
The Halfway Point: Penguin Group (USA) Summer Internship

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