Magazine Publishing CareerContracts

Contracts are responsible for drafting and negotiating the contracts for each book published, to ensure the company achieves the best possible terms. The team works closely with Editorial. There are various training courses available for learning about copyright and publishing contracts and these are a useful starting point, but most people gain their experience by starting at the bottom as an assistant and working their way up. On a day-to-day basis you’d be drafting contracts under supervision, checking rights, processing contractual documentation, and answering queries from editorial, rights and royalties departments. Good organizational skills, a meticulous eye for detail and an interest in the legal side of publishing are the main qualities needed in this field, as well as sound negotiating skills.


Design is responsible for the physical look and feel of a book. Everything from a book’s size and cover design to its type size and typeface needs to be thought about and then discussed with both the editor and the author involved. It is also the Design team’s job to commission freelance illustrators and arrange photo shoots for covers and the internal pages. Picture research is a specialist area within the Design department, and it is the researcher’s job to find existing images from galleries, museums and other sources, and to clear rights for their usage. A degree in graphic or typographic design is the first step towards working in Design.


Production is the responsible for the physical process of transforming a manuscript into a finished book. This includes everything from producing the initial costing, arranging the typesetting, and selecting and buying paper, to organizing the printing and binding of the book and its delivery into the warehouse. Production must ensure that all these processes happen in time to meet the publication date of the book. Entry into production is usually as a production assistant. As a production assistant you’ll handle general office administration as well as supporting the production controllers and managers in their work.


Publicity is responsible for getting as much media exposure for new books and authors as possible. The department works closely with national and local newspapers and magazines as well as broadcast and online media to generate free coverage. Entry is usually as a publicity assistant.


Marketing is responsible for creating imaginative marketing strategies and new ways to engage the consumers with the books. They will work with all media channels. They also work with editorial on the positioning and packaging of a book. Entry into marketing is usually as a marketing assistant. A high level of creativity, strong copywriting skills, a good understanding of retail and a keen awareness of consumer habits and trends.


Sales are responsible for front line retailers like WH Smith and Waterstone, major supermarkets, online retailers such as Amazon and other retailers such as M&S, gift shops, offices, schools, catalogues etc. Entry into sales is often via sales support. Strong interpersonal skills, with good numeracy and presentation skills are required; you should also be target-driven, naturally gregarious, enthusiastic and energetic.


Rights is responsible for working closely with the publishing team to maximize a book’s financial potential – whether it’s selling translation or US rights, merchandising, serial or book club rights, or even film rights. The income from the sale of rights can make a huge difference to the profitability of a book, so the rights teams attends international book fairs and meets with journalists.  Entry into rights is typically as a rights assistant. strong    negotiation, numeracy and communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, a flair for selling, an eye for detail and a good ability to multi-task.

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  • Bank Of America Merrill Lynch: running for ten weeks between June and August, a summer internship provides a thorough introduction to the financial services industry. Full-time and internship programmes are available in the following areas: Compliance, Corporate Audit, Global Banking and Markets Wholesale Credit, Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Global Liquidity Risk Management - Corporate Treasury, Global Loan Products, Global Markets, Global Research, Global Transaction Services, Market Risk, Quantitative Management and Technology. Learn more about Bank of America's assessment process and online tests HERE.
  • Barclays: 8-10 week internships are available in Global Markets, Investment Banking, Technology and a broad range of other business functions such as Compliance, HR, IT, Global Events, Risk Management, Corporate Communications, Legal and Operations. Find out more about how to prepare for the job assessment process for Barclays here.. 
  • BNP Paribas: London, New York, Hong Kong or Singapore offices recruit summer interns for 10-12 weeks. 
  • Citi: opportunities across capital markets, corporate banking, sales & trading, private banking, HR, operations, transaction services, technology & risk. Learn more about Citi's assessment process and online tests HERE.
  • Commerzbank: internships available in most areas including fixed income sales & trading, market risk and IT. 8 weeks+ at any time of the year.
  • Credit Suisse: a range on internships available within investment banking, equities, fixed income, alternative investments, global markets solutions, operations & IT. Learn more about Credit Suisse assessment process and online tests HERE.
  • Deutsche Bank: internships available in asset management,corporate finance, markets, transaction banking, technology & operations, HR & risk. Learn more about Deutsche Bank assessment process and online tests HERE.
  • Goldman Sachs: 10 week programme. Find out more about how to prepare for the job assessment process of Goldman Sachs HERE.
  • HSBC: programmes include banking advisory, capital markets, leveraged finance, global markets, research, asset management, finance, technology, operations & private banking. Practice tailored psychometric tests similar to the ones used by HSBC HERE.
  • ICAP: 8 week structured programme. Practice tailored psychometric tests similar to the ones used by ICAP HERE.
  • Jefferies. they offer a 10 week programme in Investment Banking in Europe. You will receive division specific training as well as classroom training, seminars, social events and mentoring.
  • JP Morgan: intern positions are available within asset management, finance, HR, Risk, Investment banking, Operations, sales & trading, research, technology & treasury.
  • Lazard: their 10 week Analyst programme is based in their London office. There are also opportunities in Paris and other offices globally. Applications open in August. 
  • Macquarie Bank: opportunities exist within fixed income, commodities, funds group, capital, securities, risk and IT. 
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International: 10 week programme. Summer Internships. Opportunities exist within Global Markets, Investment Banking, Corporate Infrastructure and Technology. They take 10-12 interns each year. 
  • Morgan Stanley: 10 week internships available across the bank in institutional securities, investment management, wealth management, technology & operations, corporate. Find out more about how to prepare for the job assessment process of Morgan Stanley HERE.
  • Nomura: programmes available in sales, trading, research and structuring. Find out more about how to prepare for the job assessment process of Nomura HERE.. 
  • RBC Capital Markets: 8 week programme in investment banking
  • RBS Group: programmes available in markets & banking, retail & wealth and central areas such as business services, risk, finance, technology and operations. They also offer a 12 week winter internship starting in January. 
  • Standard Chartered Bank: programmes available only in Asia, Africa and The Middle East.
  • Societe Generale: 10-12 weeks in length in either Corporate or Investment Banking. 
  • UBS: positions available across sales, trading, research, corporate, global capital markets, finance, HR, IT, operations, risk and legal. Learn more about UBS assessment process and online tests HERE.
  • Unicredit: They offer an intrenational Internship Programme. The program, is sponsored by the Foundation UniCredit & Universities in cooperation with UniCredit and offers the opportunity for students in economics, finance, banking, management, engineering or law to do a 3-months summer internship. Jobs are available in different areas of the bank. Positions exist throughout Europe. 

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