Introducing Intern Spotlights: Meet Hana Kim!


We are excited to introduce an all new mini-series spotlighting our 2023 summer interns! This four-part series will give you a glimpse into who our interns are and why they wanted to be a part of PRH as we lead up to the intern edition of   PRH Community Newsletter: Bookmarked.

“As interns on the Corporate Communications team, we have learned so much about the different aspects of Penguin Random House and the publishing industry. We joined a small, tight-knit team that has allowed us to directly contribute to amazing projects, such as the Creative Writing Awards, San Diego Comic-Con, and OurHouse content. Our goal for the upcoming intern-focused content is to shed some light on who we are and why this next generation is looking forward to working in publishing and with you all.  We hope you enjoy the incredible stories of the 2023 intern cohort from their time at PRH!” – Chelsea Kaneshiro & Ciara McKay 

Read on as one of our interns shares a few of her highlights from working at PRH. 

Hana Kim, Department: Crown BFYR/Labyrinth Road 

Why did you want to intern at PRH? 

I took on the scary journey of trying to make it into publishing and PRH is the publishing house to be at if you want to make it, that’s what a lot of people said as I scoured the internet for tips. But another reason is that I interned at Sourcebooks previously and had a wonderful time! I knew Sourcebooks and PRH have been working together so PRH was naturally the next step I wanted to take.  

What are some things you’re working on or have worked on during your internship that have been memorable? 

I think the two things were live-editing on a book (BLOOD AT THE ROOT, 2024) and working on MY MOTHER, THE MERMAID CHASER. The edits were memorable as it was my first time seeing an author go through my questions! I’ve interned previously, but I’d never seen an author address my name which was so exciting to know that I made a direct change on a manuscript! The second is seeing MY MOTHER, THE MERMAID CHASER come to life. This book was very personal to me as I related heavily to the plot and the characters. It’s my favorite book from Crown and I was honored to be able to work on it.  

What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?

Visiting the offices! I was in New York for a few days and was able to work in person — I loved meeting everyone and being around a live environment. I graduated during the peak of Covid-19 so I never got to work in an office and was quite scared of that. But I had the best time and my managers were all so lovely! Other things I have fond memories of are meeting new people, reading future-acquired manuscripts, and bringing home books!  

What are your future plans?

I would love to work with PRH full-time! I will be on the lookout for future opportunities in publishing. I have been interning for over a year now and I would love to finally land a job! I am also interested in creating an online literary magazine to spotlight young writers.  

Stay tuned for more from our summer cohort!  

For fellow interns interested in contributing to OurHouse content, find out how you can be involved here

Posted: July 25, 2023