INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME


About the Internship Programme

The Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA) launched the SBPA Internship Programme in 2015.

The internship programme comprises of a centralised training programme for interns working for SBPA member companies. Weekly training seminars have been organized, to introduce the interns to the different aspects of book publishing in Singapore such as book retail, book production, editing, marketing and design. The seminars are held on Friday afternoons throughout the internship programme. Companies continue to train the interns for the rest of the work weeks. 

 

2020 Internship Programme

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented the organisation of site visits, the interns were provided with opportunities to learn about the breadth and depth of the publishing industry through specially curated virtual sessions. Here is a sneak peek into some of the virtual sessions that were organised from 18 May to 24 July 2020. 

On 12 June, Chua Hong Koon of World Scientific, spoke about the role of commissioning and acquisitions editors and the critical role they play in a publishing company. He also shared on how managing authors is at the heart of any editor's work and gave tips on how to find and select authors. 

On 19 June, Zeenath Kuraisha (Asia Pacific Sales & Marketing Academy) gave an in-depth presentation on marketing strategy and how social media can help boost a company’s marketing efforts. Andrew Koh (Awesome Sites) continued by sharing about Search Engine Optimisation and the importance of not only the quantity but also the quality of traffic to one’s website.

On 26 June, Elaine Ee, Joyce Choong and Charmaine Oon (National Gallery Singapore) introduced the interns to the process of publishing art books as well as general titles accompanying art exhibitions at the National Gallery Singapore. The interns got a behind-the-scenes look at how content from an art exhibition is being curated for the publication of an exhibition title. 

Finally on 27 July, the SBPA Internship Programme concluded with a closing speech from speaker Peter Schoppert (NUS Press) with advice to interns on what it means to break into the publishing industry and what the future of publishing will potentially look like. Other speakers who shared their experiences included Ng Kah Gay (Ethos Books) and Chong Lingying (Asiapac Books). Alumni of the SBPA Internship Programme were also on hand to share their post-graduation journeys and offered useful advice on career development for the interns. 

 

2021 Internship Programme

Applications for the 2021 Internship Programme will open in January 2021. We look forward to your participation. Please e-mail the Secretariat at info@singaporebookpublishers.sg if you require more information about the Internship Programme.