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About this sector

You can read information about role responsibilities, salary, working hours, what to expect, qualifications, skills, work experience, career prospects and related roles on the following Prospects Job Profiles:

You might also see other job profiles of interest in the Media and internet profiles page (which gives links to the 47 profiles in the sector).


How to gain experience/internships

Relevant experience is essential to demonstrate your skills and motivation for a career in publishing. Work experience in the sector constitutes anything from interning or volunteering at publishing houses, carrying out freelance work (submit your projects and articles to publications or manage your own blog), publishing articles for magazines or student newspapers, submitting entries to writing competitions, working in a bookshop to understand the retailers’ position in the market, involve yourself in book and literary festivals (such as the Edinburgh Book Festival) and author events to learn how they operate and to make contacts, do publicity for university societies, develop IT skills through CAPOD courses, etc.

Internships and work experience

Some of the larger companies run internships or work experience,eg

Other relevant resources:


How to get a (graduate) job

A small number of publishers operate a formal graduate training scheme including

Other publishing vacancies

Here are a few publishing companies who do not run graduate schemes, but may have occasional vacancies in publishing:

Job vacancy websites

Recruitment Consultancies

Many publishers use recruitment consultancies to fill both permanent and temporary roles. The ones that specialise in publishing are:


Applications, interviews and assessment centres


Relevant postgraduate study - is it a requirement?

Although a postgraduate qualification in publishing is not essential to be successful in the industry, it will strengthen your knowledge in the subject and prove to employers that you are serious about a long-term career. However, some employers will favour relevant work experience over further study.

Universities that offer Masters in publishing include:

Search postgraduate courses in publishing


Key UK links and resources

Careers Centre resources


Use CareerConnect, your central careers hub, to:


General publishing careers information


USA resources


The USA job market and recruitment timetables, for both internships and graduate jobs, for sectors of employment often differ from the UK.

The Careers Centre subscribes to the reputable independent USA careers information and vacancy provider Vault. The link below will take you directly to Vault subscription resources which cover this sector. You may find further useful and relevant resources linked from there as well.


Internships in the US - Publishing

This list is by no means exhaustive. It is simply designed to serve as a starting point: