Penguin Random House - Summer 2015

The application period for the 2015 summer internship has passed.

A paid summer internship opportunity is available from Penguin Random House to provide an interested undergraduate student member of Sigma Tau Delta with experience in the publishing industry.

The Sigma Tau Delta/Penguin Random House Summer Internship will run ten consecutive weeks in New York City. Exact dates will be determined by agreement between the recipient and Human Resources. The recipient will work 28 hours per week, earning minimum wage. For the 2015 summer internship, Sigma Tau Delta will provide the recipient an additional $1,500 stipend to assist with travel and housing expenses.

Individual colleges and universities may arrange for academic credit for the internship but that must be worked out between the student and her/his university.

The recipient of the internship will be responsible for securing and paying for housing as well as other expenses. Each applicant must be prepared to accept the internship and its conditions if it is awarded to her/him. Failure to do so may jeopardize the continuation of the Penguin Random House summer internship program for Sigma Tau Delta.

Scope of the 2015 Internship

Penguin Random House has a wonderful opportunity for a summer internship in one of their editorial departments. The intern may assist with the following:

  • Reading and evaluating manuscripts
  • Writing readers reports and rejection letters
  • Researching permission requests, attending meetings, and preparing manuscripts for transmittal
  • Administrative duties including mailings, filing, updating the submission logs, and routing materials

Judging and Notification

Preliminary screening will be made by a Sigma Tau Delta panel of judges, and the top five applications will be forwarded to Penguin Random House for final selection. You will be notified by March 3, by means of the email address associated with your account, whether or not you are among the five finalists. A final decision is expected to be made by Penguin Random House in mid-April.

About Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world. In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution. Our vibrant and diverse international community of nearly 250 publishing brands and imprints include Ballantine Bantam Dell, Berkley Books, Clarkson Potter, Crown, DK, Doubleday, Dutton, Foder’s, Gotham, Grosset & Dunlap, Little Golden Books, Knopf, Modern Library, Pantheon, Penguin Books, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Young Readers, Portfolio, Puffin, Putnam, Random House, Random House Children’s Books, Riverhead, Ten Speed Press, Viking, and Vintage, among others. More information can be found at the Penguin website and Random House website

Penguin Random House values the array of talents and perspectives that a diverse workforce brings. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Past Recipients

Summer 2015
Colton CoxColton Cox (Mu Omega Chapter, SUNY, College at Oneonta, Oneonta, NY)



Summer 2014
Natalie HallakNatalie Hallak (Upsilon Omicron Chapter, St. John's University, Queens, NY)



Megan WilliamsMegan Williams (Rho Epsilon Chapter, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL)



Summer 2013
Ashleigh LovelaceAshleigh Lovelace (Delta Epsilon Upsilon Chapter, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Read about Ashleigh's first half at Penguin Group (USA).


Summer 2012
Nadia Barksdale (Phi Xi Chapter, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL)

Summer 2010
Kristen Susienka (Alpha Tau Chapter, St. Norbert College, WI)

Summer 2009
Alison Colman (Chi Lambda Chapter, Elmhurst College, IL)