To apply for The Scheme, you need to come from one, or both, of the following two groups.
The traineeships will run as positive action schemes (under the Equality Act 2010).
You’ll also need to have finished with full-time compulsory education and have the right to work in the UK.
Other career opportunities
The Scheme is only one of a number of careers initiatives on offer at Penguin Random House. You might also be interested in our entry-level job openings, summer internships or year-round paid work experience placements. You can find out more here.
This is what it takes:
Here are the qualities we’re looking for. You might not be there yet with all of them, but you’ll be able to demonstrate that you have potential.
You make things happen.
A story or idea doesn’t come to life on its own. In publishing, it happens when your tenacity and initiative, your problem solving, organising and prioritising, pay off. It’s about getting stuck in, getting on with the admin and seeing things through to the end.
You’re curious and hungry to learn.
Editors are fascinated by what goes on around them. They want to find out more, especially when it comes to ideas, people and culture. They don’t leave it there though; insight is turned into opportunity and connections are made relevant. That’s how you spot the Next Big Thing.
There can be as many twists and turns getting a book published as in a story itself. Things change. What you set out with is rarely what you end up with. Working in editorial, you have to adapt when priorities change, and to make the most of new ideas when they emerge. You need to know when and how to flex your approach to suit the situation you’re in, or the person you’re with.
You care about the detail.
You have to get things right. Checking data, facts, spelling, grammar, dates – editorial teams sweat the small stuff because they know it all adds up to creating the best book or experience possible. It takes patience and attention but your readers will thank you for it.
You’re able to connect with people.
It takes a lot of people to make a book. Editorial teams work together to bring out the best in one another and their authors. That means stepping into other people’s shoes, understanding their position and perspective, winning them over with your curiosity and care. Authors trust their editors to help them communicate their ideas and tell their stories. They want to hear what they’ve got to say.
Binding all these qualities together is a love for ideas and stories.
Wherever they’re from, however they’re told. Working in editorial means pouring your passion into every book you help to craft; being driven by the desire for your book to be read and enjoyed by as many people as possible.