Hachette Book Group Associates Program

Associates Program United States


Hachette Book Group Associates Program


Have you ever considered a career in publishing? It takes a whole team of creative people with many different strengths to produce that beautiful hardcover or paperback at the bookstore. If you are passionate about books and want to be a part of bringing them to readers, we’re looking for you!

The Program

The HBG Associates Program is a paid full-time 12-month learning and development work experience for individuals interested in exploring career paths at HBG. We encourage anyone interested in launching a career in publishing, especially those from backgrounds that have been underrepresented in the industry, to apply for this unique opportunity.

Associates will receive career counseling, mentorship, and one-on-one guidance from HBG employees, both in their areas of interest and in the job search and interview process.  Each Associate will have biweekly meetings with an assigned primary mentor dedicated to helping them make the most of the program. At the end of their experience, Associates will emerge as well-rounded, future publishing professionals and will become eligible for roles at HBG. Though placement at the company is not guaranteed, we will give Associates first priority in interviewing for openings for which they qualify. 

Associates complete three, four-month rotational assignments across various departments, acquiring skills, knowledge and hands-on work experience. Publishing departments open to Associates include:

Sales: Are you a people person with an interest in consumer behavior and the art of the pitch?

Contracts: Are you detail-oriented and assertive, with a knack for negotiating?

Managing Editorial: Do you always spot a typo, and enjoy helping others stay on track?

Editorial: Do you love reading, analyzing, and asking thoughtful questions about books? Do you like helping to shape stories that reach a diverse range of readers?

Marketing: Are you a social media expert with an interest in shaping the conversation around books and finding creative ways to promote books and authors?

Publicity: Have a knack for knowing all types of media and which sites would be best to help great new books grab attention?

Art: Are you curious about what makes a book cover stand out on the shelf and visually communicate to an audience?

Production: Are you fascinated by the physical details of a book—the binding, the paper, the type, the ink used on the jacket?

Marketing Strategy: Are you interested in marketing analytics, pricing strategy, metadata, audience development, or video and podcast production?

Subrights: Are you interested in world cultures and selling into different countries?


  • Strong interest in the book publishing industry
  • Ability to work remotely from wherever you live and interact with colleagues in departments in several US locations
  • Some college preferred, but not required
  • Previous administrative, professional work experience and/or internship experience preferred, but not required
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Committed learner who is interested in gaining knowledge and skills in a variety of functional areas
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent writing and communication skills

In order to be considered, please submit both a resume and a cover letter. At the end of your cover letter, please: 1) rank the publishing departments in order of interest to you, and 2) tell us the titles of three of your favorite books.

As a leading book publisher, we believe that including and representing diverse voices in all aspects of our business is fundamental to what we do. Our publishing programs must reflect the broad range of backgrounds, experiences, political views and ideas that shape our society and publish books for all readers.

Hachette Book Group provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

This position has a minimum compensation of $41,000. Salary will vary based on a number of factors including skills, experience, and location — talk with your recruiter to learn more. Our comprehensive U.S. benefit offerings include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, LTD, 401(k), and more.