I'm currently a freshmen in college, and Penguin Teen is my number dream internship. What year do you generally prefer college students apply for the summer internship? Like, summer before senior year, or is there no exact guideline in that respect?
The only guidelines are the ones on the website, which doesn’t specify anything about where you have to be in school.
I just want to reiterate, for any possible internship applicants, that all applications flow through our human resources department before getting to us, so I can’t answer specific questions about the status of anybody’s particular application. Sorry!
Also good to note for everyone interested in employment opportunities: Penguin Teen is an umbrella under which we talk about all the teen titles that we publish, but our official company name is Penguin Young Readers Group, and we have nine imprints, most of which do YA, middle grade, and picture books. Penguin Teen is not an official division that you can work for. Just an FYI!
When you talk about yourself hiring interns, is it because Penguin Teen has a different application process/email than the general Employment website and Facebook Careers page? Can I apply directly to Penguin Teen other than specifying it in my Cover Letter?
No, it is the exact same process; each department interviews and chooses the intern they want, but ALL applications go through HR first. If you’re interested specifically in Penguin Teen, definitely tailor your cover letter accordingly, but it’s the same process for everyone.
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How important is the school a person graduated from on the job application? Would y'all ever pick someone who attended a major university over someone who attended a smaller one?
Sorry it took so long to answer this question!
What matters to me, as someone who hires interns, is the passion and knowledge that they have for young adult/children’s literature and any experience they might have that’s relevant to what I need them to do, not where they went to school. I would never speak directly on behalf of our human resources staff, because I don’t know how they sort through internship applications or how they decide what resumes to send along to me, but I get applications from people who are studying or graduated from all kinds of universities and colleges. It doesn’t matter very much to me, as a hiring manager; I have other priorities and things I look for.
That said, there are LOTS of people at Penguin who hire interns, and they might have different things that they look for. I can’t speak for them either. That may not be overly helpful, but I really wouldn’t worry about whether or not your degree comes from a “major” university; it comes from where it comes from. Focus on what matters more, which is relevant experience and excitement and passion for what you’d be working on.
Also, this a small piece of general advice for anyone heading in to a publisher for an interview: do your research! You should know going in what that publisher has recently published, who their big authors and books and series are, and you should have a sense of their publishing “personality” (every publisher has one). All such information is pretty easy to find with some Googling; all publishers have websites and, increasingly, social media presences that will give you a sense of these things. It requires a little work, but it makes a big difference.
Hello! I'm just finalizing my cover letter and resume for the Editorial Internship, and was wondering if the Internship Coordinator would prefer it e-mailed or sent in the post. I'm planning on mailing it in the post on Monday, but if an e-mail is preferable, I'll go ahead and do that instead. Thanks, and have a great day!
I cannot speak directly on behalf of our HR department, but I would suggest emailing. There is a mail-in option, and you could certainly do it both ways, but it’s easier for the HR folks to forward resumes and cover letters to hiring managers when they come in over email.
Guys, the people who run the Penguin Teen tumblr are kinda the best. They took time out of their busy lives to answer a few pressing questions about something that meant dearly to me. ALL OF THE LOVE TO PENGUIN!
Awwwww, thanks! Seriously, guys, we love how Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook help us interact with fans of our books and authors, so definitely hit up our ask box whenever you want! We try to answer as many questions/respond to as many messages as possible!
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