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 will be organised, to introduce the interns to different aspects of book publishing in Singapore such as book retail, book production, editing, marketing and design. The seminars will be held on Fridays throughout the internship programme. Companies continue to train the interns for the rest of the work weeks. 

 

2022 Internship Programme

The 2022 Internship Programme is back and will be held from 16 May to 22 July 2022. Selected students can look forward to working at one of SBPA’s participating member companies during this period. More information about the companies can be found here. The list of available vacancies can be accessed here

Please click here to complete the Internship Application Form and Questions. The deadline for submissions is Monday 7 March 2022. For questions about the Internship Programme, please approach the Secretariat (info@singaporebookpublishers.sg) for assistance.

We look forward to receiving your applications!

 

2021 Internship Programme

The 2021 Internship Programme was successfully held from 17 May to 23 July. Most of the training was conducted virtually through Zoom and the SBPA organised a visit to Times Bookstore at Waterway Point on 9 July. The training programme included training seminars on comics publishing, journals publishing, non-English language publishing, as well as audiobooks and literary arts programming. A session focused on the practicalities of getting a job in the publishing industry was also introduced.

The Closing Event was held virtually on 23 July and the interns had the rare opportunity to hear from alumni who graduated from the Internship Programme on how the SBPA Internship Programme had shaped their careers. 

 


 

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.