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  • Manageable, if at times mundane, workload for an internship with one of their imprints

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    Former Intern - Editorial Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Editorial Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Penguin Random House as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    It's rare to find an internship that pays, but I was compensated $12 an hour and was able to telecommute for the duration of the contract (Fall of 2014) with their digital publication PUNCH. I got to write a lot, and polish my journalist voice. I really liked the editors and their enthusiasm for the publication.

    Cons

    There were a few projects that required much more of my time than I would have liked. Because it was a telecommuting internship, I feel there may have been a disconnect vis-a-vis how much time a project demanded of me. I'd anticipated a 15 hour weekly workload, but there were some weeks double that.

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    My only communication with Penguin Random was to set up my direct deposit account. Which went something.

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Penguin Random House Interviews

Updated Mar 20, 2015
Updated Mar 20, 2015

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Penguin Random House in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Applied online through their careers website, called by HR roughly 1.5 weeks later to set up interview, In-person interview with hiring manager and an assistant, had to arrange books in the interview room while waiting for the interviewees to show up (personality/behavior test?), they will ask the questions pretty fast so be prepared to think fast and give a quick answer, I got the assumption they were hiring a lot of people at one time (Dec-Jan time frame) so were trying to squeeze a bunch of interviews in the same day. Do not attempt to chit chat or elaborate on your answers.

    Interview Questions
    • Pretty standard questions - Tell Us About Yourself/Why Do You Want to Work Here, Strengths/Weaknesses, where do you see yourself in 5 years, rate your computer skills on a variety of computer programs (i.e. MS Word, Excel, Access, etc.), how do you solve a difficult situation, have you ever worked in a 'call center', exactly how many calls did you take per day, etc.   View Answer
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Website www.penguinrandomhouse.com
Headquarters New York, 061
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2013
Type Company - Private
Industry Media
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
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