Join the FT as a graduate trainee

This year we are running two trainee schemes for recent graduates or postgrads with good academic records. You can apply for one of the following or for both at once.

News reporters – applicants should have writing skills and a demonstrable interest in journalism.

Visual & Data journalists – applicants should have demonstrable skills in a relevant field such as information design, statistics, cartography or web development

Graduate trainee news reporters

Successful applicants will join us in September 2015 and spend six weeks training, then take on a series of six-month assignments on key desks, possibly including one in an overseas bureau. Mentoring, feedback and further training are provided throughout.

Requirements

Applicants must show they can meet the challenge of working for one of the world’s top news organisations. That means a strong commitment to serious journalism, a competitive instinct, good academic qualifications and wide interests. Language skills, in addition to fluent spoken and written English, are an advantage.

Applicants must provide evidence of a clear, concise writing style by submitting an unpublished 500-word article on a subject of their choice. The article should demonstrate liveliness and originality; submissions will be judged on the choice of subject, quality of writing and primary research. If you have had articles published, please submit up to no more than five cuttings from papers or websites.

This scheme is not for graduates who have significant professional experience as journalists, or who have started training courses with other media organisations.

Graduate trainee visual and data journalists

Successful applicants will join us in September 2015 and spend six weeks training, then join the Interactive desk in the newsroom. Secondments from this desk to other sections of the FT will be arranged to broaden experience. Mentoring, feedback and further training are provided throughout.

Requirements

Applicants must show an enthusiasm for data-driven story-telling and have a lively interest in global current affairs. Working for one of the world’s top news organisations also requires a competitive instinct and good academic qualifications.

Applicants may not have previously considered a career in journalism, but will likely have some knowledge of a related field such as quantitative analysis in a social science discipline, data science, data journalism, information design, geospacial analysis, cartography or web development.

We understand your knowledge of these areas may not have been developed in a journalistic context, so please submit examples of your best work, whether or not it is was produced as journalism.

This scheme is not for graduates who have significant professional experience as journalists, or who have started training courses with other media organisations.

Terms

Graduate trainees join the FT on a one-year contract, extended for up to a further year at the discretion of the company.

Successful trainees are encouraged to apply for staff positions that become available towards the end of this time.

How to Apply

Download the application form. Details of where to send it are on the form. The closing date for applications to arrive at the FT is January 8, 2015.

If you have a query relating to the scheme please email graduate.journalist@ft.com.

Equal Opportunities

The Financial Times welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. We employ people solely on the basis of their abilities