Role Overview

In 2011 we became the first publisher to work closely with Creative Access, providing internship opportunities for young people from BAME backgrounds (black, Asian and minority ethnic). Then in 2016, we launched our own BAME traineeship, the first of its kind in the publishing industry. We’re excited to be running the traineeship for the fourth consecutive year – we’ve hired some exceptional talent so far and we’re looking to build on that success again this year.

The successful candidates will undertake a twelve-month rotational traineeship around the business in London, with a choice to develop in a wide range of teams from publicity, marketing, editorial, production, strategy, audio and communications. It will be a challenging but fun experience.

We will help with coaching and development by giving you a senior mentor, projects to collaboratively work on, training (on the job, digitally and in workshops) to develop your true potential and support from around the business.

We encourage you to get seriously involved, championing our books and our authors. You will also get the opportunity to take part in experience days at the London Book Fair and take a trip to our Glasgow office, to name a few. At the end of the scheme you will know a lot about publishing!



About You

We’re specifically interested in your story, what you are passionate about and what you could bring to the HarperCollins team.

Here’s what you don’t need:

  • A degree
  • Previous publishing experience

Here’s what you do need:

  • Potential and enthusiasm to learn
  • A creative mind
  • An eagerness to throw yourself into all areas of our business
  • A passion for storytelling in all its all forms
  • An ability to build great relationships and work within a team
  • An eye for detail
  • Lastly, A BIG bookshelf (or a lot of space on your mobile) you’ll need it!

Overview of HarperCollins

HarperCollins is proud to publish prize–winners and international giants, rising stars and home-grown heroes, chart toppers and cult favorites, and many of the world’s most trusted education and reference brands – all for adults and children alike. We have a 200-year history full of firsts. But we’re not stuck in the past - we’re inspired by imagination and we lead with innovation in all that we do. We’re currently the only publishing house to produce an audiobook for every one of our titles.

We tell stories for everyone. Our authors, who make that happen, are the core and heart of our business. We are proud to publish many brilliant diverse authors across all genres, age groups and subjects and actively seek out new authors from diverse backgrounds and thought. From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and June Sarpong, to J.R.R Tolkien and Hilary Mantel, we just want to tell great stories for all. To tell those stories, we need our business to represent as many people as possible.

We are leading the way on diversity and inclusion and are working to increasing the diversity of our colleagues, to better represent the readership and communities we serve, create the most inclusive culture and to be the best company to work at. We have been awarded the best diversity network group award by Business in the Community. We are also the only publisher in the Race Listing Top 100 for the last two years running.

Please apply for the BAME Traineeship using the link above. You will be asked to submit your CV and answer a few screening questions. We are keen to hear how you’d approach different tasks and challenges to better understand how this would fit with the work we do.

The HarperCollins People team will read all the applications after the closing date and successful candidates will be invited to attend the first of two on-site assessment days.