Quercus is launching a one-month internship programme in collaboration with the MA Black British Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, co-founded by Professor Joan Anim-Addo and Dr Deirdre Osborne.
The internship will be the open for application to students on the course which, according to Goldsmiths, is the first and only postgraduate degree in this field in the world. Quercus said the initiative was part of its own long-term commitment to driving meaningful change within publishing, tackling underrepresentation and encouraging diversity.
The new scheme will be open for applications from February 2021 for two month-long placements over the 2021 summer break and will offer pro-rata pay in line with the Hachette starting salary of £24,000 per annum. Applicants will be invited to submit a CV as well as a covering letter and those shortlisted will be invited to interview with the publisher, either in person or remotely.
The placements aims to give the selected students a broad understanding of how a major publishing house works, helping them to learn about the role that each department plays in the life of a book. As part of the placement, applicants will be able to attend meetings within a range of departments, network and connect with staff across the company, and get hands-on experience of the day-to-day tasks carried out by Quercus’ in-house teams.
Professor Anim-Addo, course co-founder, called it a "wonderful opportunity" for this year’s intake of students particularly after a challenging start to their academic year given the lockdowns, while Dr Osborne, course co-founder, said: "Since 2014 the MA Black British Literature at Goldsmiths has been engaging students with the fiction, poetry, plays and life-writing produced by Black British writers, and the diasporic and aesthetic heritages shaping this rich literary history. We are thrilled that a relationship with Quercus has resulted. These paid internships will offer students the chance to put this knowledge into action in the heart of a major world publishing house."
Jon Butler, Quercus m.d., said: "Thanks to the efforts of Professor Anim-Addo, Dr Osborne and Kerry Enzor, publisher of our newest imprint Greenfinch, I’m delighted that Quercus is partnering with Goldsmiths’ trail-blazing Black British Literature MA to offer these short, paid internships. We want to give these students valuable experience, first and foremost. But more than that, we hope to give them a taste of what an exciting, fulfilling career this can be; and that they will want to return to publishing when their course is over and be a force for future change. Hachette UK has an active commitment to diversity and inclusion through employee networks and our Changing the Story programme – but we recognise that there is much more work to be done to make our publishing truly reflective of the readers we serve."
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