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Hachette announces paid summer internship program

Hachette Australia has announced it will run a new annual paid internship program ‘for anyone interested in a career in publishing’.

The Hachette Australia Summer Internship Program will run for four months each year, with the first successful candidate commencing in November 2020. The intern role will be full-time, at 38 hours a week, and ‘comes with entry-level remuneration’ of $50,000 pro rata.

Hachette said no formal qualifications are necessary. ‘We’re calling for applications from all people—whether you’re a student, a recent graduate, or contemplating a career pivot,’ said CEO Louise Sherwin-Stark.

‘If you have a passion for books, a love of reading and a genuine interest in working in book publishing then this internship could be your pathway to a permanent future career in an industry that has, in the past, been regarded as difficult to break into. We are not focused on your qualifications or experience, just a willingness to learn and a genuine curiosity about all aspects of the publishing process.’

Hachette said the intern will work within each division of the company from acquisition through the editorial and production processes, to sales and distribution, and then marketing and publicity. They will report to the CEO and be supported by the head of each division.

‘They will receive training, attend key internal meetings, contribute to campaigns and accompany colleagues to external events such as sell-in meetings with booksellers and buyers, and support marketers and publicists at various locations for new title activations and author events,’ said the publisher.

Applications for the internship open on 24 August and close 30 September. Hachette will hold a virtual event for prospective interns in mid-September and has produced a local Guide to Publishing ‘to help demystify working in Australian publishing and make the industry more accessible to people from a wide range of backgrounds and skillsets’.

Paid internships have been identified by many in publishing as an important part of increasing diversity in the industry.



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