Picador is seeking a fall intern. You can apply with our parent company, Macmillan, here.
To give you an idea of what you’d be in for, we asked our current intern, the super-awesome Anya Lichtenstein, to discuss her experience. We took out all the bad stuff she said about us, here’s what was left:
How did you come to intern with Picador?
Having interned at St. Martin’s Press editorial last summer, I resubmitted my application through Macmillan’s website. HR matched me up with Picador, and here I am!
What is a normal day for you like in the office?
I would say a normal day for me is about 30% blog perusal and other research projects, 30% submissions reading, 20% general administrative tasks, and 20% miscellany. Miscellany includes drafting an occasional press release, pulling review quotes, and lunch.
While interning, what’s taken you by surprise?
By surprise? Not much. Luckily no one has sprung anything big on me or put snakes in my desk drawer. I’m perpetually in awe going through the titles in our editorial files and bookroom though. Picador’s list is really literary dynamite.
What’s been your favorite thing about interning with Picador so far?
I really like the tight-knit atmosphere at Picador. It’s a very small staff (compared to the 40+ I worked under last year in editorial alone!). What results is a sense of constant communication and collaboration around the office.
What do you hope to do in the future and how do you think Picador is preparing you for this?
In my dreams, I am a prima donna at the Metropolitan Opera, singing Rossini for a full house. In reality, I hope to be working at a publishing house like Macmillan, at an imprint like Picador, editing and/or publicizing good books. Picador is giving me a very full sense of all sides of the publishing process. Not only am I getting the everyday rhythm of editorial and publicity work under my belt, but I am getting good answers from smart people about the meat and potatoes of book-making. This knowledge serves as a kind of comfort when I start to panic about my upcoming job hunt in the spring of next year.
Anya Lichtenstein is a rising senior and English major at the University of Pennsylvania. She is chair of the Pennsylvania Players Board of Governors and is attempting a senior thesis on the theatre of Samuel Beckett.