Creative Access
DRF David Miller internship programme

DRF David Miller internship programme

locationLondon, UK
ExpiresExpires: 13/05/2024
Business Development / Sales / Rights / Legal
Application RestrictionsBlack, Asian and Ethnically Diverse | Disabled | Lower Socio-Economic Status | Undergoing gender reassignment

Closing date for applications: Monday 13th May at 11.59pm

Salary: £3,361.50 (reflecting London Living Wage) 

Working hours: 9.30am - 5.30pm, Monday - Friday

Duration: 6 weeks

Start date: 16th September 2024


This entry-level springboard into publishing offers a hands-on introduction to the idea of rights and agenting, in partnership with some of the industry's leading publishers and literary agencies. 

The Deborah Rogers Foundation's David Miller internship programme offers an entry-level introduction to rights and agenting in publishing companies and literary agencies, aiming to give candidates a full understanding of the roles of rights professionals within the wider industry. 

This is achieved through first-hand experience and intensive training, providing participants with a significant stepping stone in their search for future employment. In 2023 the companies who provided placements and training include Aitken Alexander Associates, David Higham Associates, ILA, Penguin Random House, Faber, Profile Books, PEW Literary, Greyhound Literary and Eccles Fisher Associates. 

The two interns are given mentoring and guidance throughout their placements. At the end of the six weeks, they will have spent time with several publishing companies and agencies. The culmination of their experience is a joint presentation about the world of publishing rights and agenting.

Accommodation will be provided if required.


What you will learn 

  • The concepts underpinning intellectual property and copyright
  • How publishing licenses work
  • How authors and agents work together
  • The role of the publisher both domestically and in international markets
  • The ways in which translation rights are sold
  • The role of literary scouts
  • How publishers exploit the rights they have acquired
  • And insights into some translation publishing markets in a variety of countries. 
  • The educational schedule includes a visit to the Frankfurt Book Fair, the key yearly rights event in October.


Who we are looking for

  • Someone with a keen interest in publishing, and in particular rights and agenting
  • This is a great opportunity to learn, so we are looking for someone who is inquisitive with a love of books
  • You don’t need to have previous publishing experience to be considered for this opportunity
  • Good communication and collaboration skills
  • Strong written communication and literacy skills
  • Highly organised and good at managing your time
  • Strong attention to detail


To apply

  • Log in to your Creative Access account or register today to apply for this opportunity
  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will not be accepted)
  • Once submitted, you can no longer amend your application, so proof-read carefully
  • Do not contact the company directly
  • Please email any queries about this role to Creative Access at this address:


This opportunity is only open to individuals from a group that is under-represented in the creative industries. This includes, but is not limited to Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, disabled people, those undergoing gender reassignment / transitioning and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

The successful candidate for this opportunity will also participate in a Creative Access support programme that sits alongside workplace training. This includes a programme of induction training, monthly masterclasses, wellbeing support, buddying / mentoring and more.

Level of experience

  • Entry