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Early Careers at HarperCollins

Graduate Recruitment

Are you the future of publishing? We think you could be.

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George RR Martin, Jonathan Franzen, Agatha Christie, Dr Seuss, JRR Tolkien, Hilary Mantel, David Walliams, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lionel Shriver – these are just some of the world-class authors published by HarperCollins.

HarperCollins is proud to publish prize–winners and international giants, rising stars and home-grown heroes, chart toppers and cult favourites, and many of the world’s most trusted education and reference brands – all for adults and children alike. We have a 200 year history full of firsts. But we’re not stuck in the past - we’re inspired by imagination and we lead with innovation in all that we do. We’re currently the only publishing house to produce an audiobook for every one of our titles and we’re leading the way on diversity and inclusion with the best diversity network group awarded by Business in the Community. 

We are also very proud of our graduate trainees. They help us stay ahead, be creative, and challenge us to think and act differently.

If you succeed in joining the HarperCollins Graduate Scheme you would be based in our offices in the News Building. We share this with our News UK and Dow Jones colleagues in the London Bridge Quarter, next to the Shard and opposite the famous Borough Market. Our open-plan office has amazing views across London, and includes a variety of break-out areas to aid inspiration and collaboration, a multi-media suite, and a fabulous cafeteria floor, book shop, tech bar and our very own Harper Arms pub.


You need to be passionate and proactive. Creative and commercial. Willing to learn and full of new ideas. Honest with integrity and the desire and ability to work in teams, building great relationships. You’ll need to demonstrate potential and learn fast.  

Our Graduate Scheme is well established and we’ve been running it for over 20 years. Those who have completed it have gone on to roles as varied and fascinating as publishing directors, strategy directors, marketing, digital and pricing experts.

Successful candidates will spend 18 months rotating across 6 teams across the business – including Publicity, Marketing, Digital and Strategy, and with a particular focus on Editorial.

We will give you projects, develop your potential and we encourage you to get seriously involved with the business, championing our books and our authors. As a HarperCollins Graduate you can make change happen.

What do you get in return? As well as a chance to really immerse yourself in all things HarperCollins, we’ll pay you a competitive salary with 26 days holiday, your own mentor to learn from, an unrivalled suite of training courses on demand to develop you and you’ll also have access to more free books than you’ll ever need. We also have a subsidised cafeteria, discounted gym membership, flexible benefits and employee cards to get money off in lots of local restaurants, bars, health and wellbeing, fashion and the theatre.   

Internships and Work Experience

Work experience at HarperCollins provides an exciting opportunity to work inside one of the world’s largest publishers. We offer work experience throughout the year for up to four weeks at a time and while these placements are primarily focused on editorial, marketing, publicity, design and sales, we offer valuable experience in all departments of our business. All of our work experience opportunities are advertised via our Twitter account here.

We also offer internships at HarperCollins, which can last up to six months. These internships give students the chance to fully immerse themselves in the role, team and company, to work on projects and to gain a thorough understanding of how the publishing process works.

What we look for:

  • A demonstrable interest in book publishing and the wider field of business
  • A proactive and resourceful nature
  • A passion for content creation and innovative storytelling

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