HTP Editorial –2021 Remote Internship

Employer Harlequin
Location Remote
Type Internship
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Posted on February 19, 2021


Harlequin is seeking an Intern with an interest in learning about the editorial process in its Harlequin Trade Program (HTP). The Virtual Intern – Editorial (HTP) will have the opportunity to develop editorial skills and learn to interact with authors during the editorial process.  Reporting to the Senior Editor of Hanover Square Press, you will evaluate fiction and nonfiction submissions for potential acquisition, support publishing strategy and positioning, liaise with marketing, publicity and other departments across the group, and provide administrative and editorial support on an exciting range of titles across two imprints. The primary purpose is to ensure the ongoing success of each title and the group as a whole.

Our internship program will be completely remote.  The program will give interns the opportunity to work on meaningful projects, interact with various levels of the organization, networking opportunities, access to informational interviews, and business overview sessions.  This paid internship will run for six months.  The intern will be working our business core hours from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time).  Access to a PC or MAC and reliable internet during these hours is required.

This program is open to new grads who have completed their university or college education OR candidates who possess equivalent/relevant work experience. Prior publishing experience is not required to qualify for the role.

Harlequin is committed to fostering a culture of respect, support and belonging where our employees, authors and publishing partners/communities can bring their full selves to reflect and express the diverse voices, experiences and thoughts of our society. We welcome all applicants, particularly those who identify with groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the publishing industry (including, but not limited to, Black, Indigenous, and people of colour).

Application Process

Applications without the cover letter will NOT be considered.  RESUME AND COVER LETTER SHOULD BE UPLOADED AS ONE DOCUMENT.

The application process requires a resume and a cover letter (up to two pages in length) outlining:

  1. Your viewpoint on how well the Publishing industry is doing in promoting underrepresented voices
  2. Why you are interested in working in publishing
  3. What you hope to learn from this internship
  4. Favorite book, author, genre, and why


  • Provide editorial support to the Senior Editor of Hanover Square Press and others on the HTP editorial team, including such tasks as writing copy, crafting tip sheets, evaluating proposals and manuscripts, writing readers reports, offering suggestions for revisions to authors and reviewing copy editing and author approval/alterations.
  • Provide administrative support including tip sheet information, handling requests from production and other internal departments, and updating information in different editorial databases with author blurbs and reviewers’ quotes.
  • Provide support with backlist and digital programs, including updating back cover copy and metadata information
  • Attend virtual meetings with department (i.e. editorial meetings, acquisition board meetings, production meetings, and imprint strategy meetings)


  • Completion of university or college education, or possess equivalent/relevant work experience in the areas of communications or publishing
  • Applicants must be eligible to work and be paid in the United States
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written) with the aptitude to communicate effectively to the team
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects with thorough follow-up and manage time effectively
  • Good problem-solving, decision-making and prioritization skills
  • Results-driven, motivated team player who is proactive


Competencies and skills required to perform this job include:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite
  • Excellent phone and computer skills
  • Creativity, enthusiasm, and a love of books are a must!

About Harlequin

Harlequin is a leading publisher of commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. We publish more than 100 titles a month that reach audiences globally. Encompassing highly recognizable imprints that span a broad number of genres, we are home to many award-winning New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors. Harlequin is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world. Through HarperCollins’s global publishing program, Harlequin titles are published in 17 countries and 16 languages.