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Editorial intern

Editorial intern

locationLondon, UK
ExpiresExpires: 15/06/2022
Editorial / Writing / Storytelling
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Application RestrictionsBlack, Asian and Ethnically Diverse

Salary/bursary: London Living Wage

Contract duration: 6 months

Deadline: 14th June at 23:59

Start date: end of June / early July


Constantly finishing a book to then start another? Is it your dream to work in the publishing industry? 

Oneworld was founded in 1986 by husband and wife team Juliet Mabey and Novin Doostdar as an independent publishing house focusing on stimulating non-fiction. Now publishing over 100 books a year, Oneworld has retained its founding commitment to great writing, editorial excellence, high production values and marketing flair, to produce books that are read by the intellectually curious all over the world.

They are looking for an editorial intern to join them on a six-month placement. You'll be based in Oneworld’s editorial department, where you will assist editors working in both children’s and YA books (their Rock the Boat imprint) and crime fiction (Point Blank). No publishing experience needed!


What you will learn

  • An emphasis will be placed on teaching the essential roles within an editorial team and providing an overview of the editorial process, from reading manuscript submissions through to publication
  • This will include structural editing, line-editing, copy-editing, proofreading, writing marketing copy, briefing illustrations for children's books and liaising with cover designers and authors
  • You'll learn about all aspects of publishing and will assist other departments every so often, including rights, sales, marketing and publicity – this is an advantage of interning at a small, independent publisher as you will learn how the various different departments come together to work as a whole


You'll be involved in a vast range of activities, including, but not limited to:

  • Providing administrative support to the editorial team, throughout the editorial process
  • Attending all core meetings, from editorial acquisitions meetings to company-wide sales, marketing and publicity meetings, and taking minutes
  • Performing editorial clean-ups of manuscripts
  • Proofreading
  • Copywriting
  • Marketing research
  • Competing titles research
  • Drafting design briefs
  • Soliciting endorsements
  • Anglicising texts first published by an American publisher
  • Reading submissions and updating the submissions tracker
  • Assisting sales, marketing and publicity with mailouts on occasion


Knowledge, skills, experience

  • An excellent eye for detail
  • Very good grammar
  • Good communication skills
  • Highly organised and adept at managing a significant workload in a busy and fast-moving environment
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, preferably including Excel, but training can be provided
  • Knowledge of the kinds of books presently being published
  • An insatiable appetite for reading
  • An interest in both children’s and YA books and/or crime fiction


To apply

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  • Upload your CV, 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
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This internship is part-funded by the Mo Siewcharran Memorial Fund, set up by John Seaton in memory of his wife, Mo, the former Marketing & Communications Director at Nielsen Book.

This opportunity is only open to Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates.

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.

Years of experience

  • Entry