For those of you that have done your research, you'll know that there aren't many paid internships/placements that are advertised or that even exist within publishing. Although the list may seem small now, I'm hopeful that in the future it will start expanding. Anyway, below I have listed the companies that I know offer paid placements.
Penguin – Penguin have introduced their new ‘Paid Summer 2012 internships’, which I believe they recruit for annually. I did a blog post on this a while ago - 'Penguin Paid Internships Summer 2012'.
For more information visit: http://gs12.globalsuccessor.com/fe/tpl_penguin01.asp?newms=se
Pearson – The Pearson diversity internship and the journalism placement at the FT.
For more information visit: http://summerinternships.pearson.com/how-to-apply.htm
Hachette – Occasionally, they have paid internship openings. I met the paid digital intern when I was doing work experience there, and I know that she had been there for a least a few months.
Keep checking this page for paid internship opportunities: http://www.hachette.co.uk/WorkForUs/Careers
Profile Books - Offer a publishing graduate scheme, which is paid 8 week full time internship.
For more information visit: http://www.profilebooks.com/jobs/
Curtis Brown Literary Agency - Offer numerous internships including the books department, lasting for 12 weeks full time, and is paid at £212 pounds per week.
For more information visit: http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/internships.aspx?corporate=1
The National Magazine Company - Occasionally, they do have paid internship openings.
Keep checking this page for paid internship opportunities: http://www.hearst.co.uk/magazines/8-Opportunities.htm
Conde Nast – Often they have paid internship openings.
Keep checking this page for paid internship opportunities: http://www.condenast.co.uk/careers
Don't forget that every week my intern opportunities blog post lists all current paid internships that are currently on offer, at the companies listed above.
Please note: Some of the companies that I have listed above aren’t advertising paid placements at the moment. Thus, the links I have provided may not currently show the paid placements, but it is important to check these links regularly for the limited vacancies.