Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
PANZ Announces Whitireia Publishing Interns for 2016
The Creative New Zealand National Publishing Internships Initiative is managed by PANZ and provides internship opportunities each year for three new graduates of the Whitireia New Zealand publishing course to enter the industry.
Sarah Yankelowitz will intern with Penguin Random House NZ; Petra Westropp with Gecko Press and Holly Hunter with Victoria University Press.
All interns are paired with their chosen roles and the publishers involved are very happy with the placements.
Odessa Owens, who is Acting Programme Leader, Publishing at Whitireia New Zealand, says “These internships reward the very best new graduates with invaluable work experience, after a year of intense practical and theoretical study.
“The calibre of this year’s applications was extremely high, and we’re thrilled with the results,” Odessa says.
Publishers who have participated in the Intern Programme praise the initiative. Julia Marshall at Gecko Press says course graduates are the first place of call when she wants to hire. “They are well trained and have all-round knowledge of the basic skills.”
Petra will be Gecko’s fourth intern, and Julia also praises the ability of course tutors to match interns with publishers. “It is fantastic. Since we started hiring from the course, the interns have been better right from the start.” Petra, Sarah and Holly will start their internships in February.
From left to right: New interns Sarah Yankelowitz, Petra Westropp and Holly Hunter.