FT Internships

The FT headquarters at Number One, Southwark Bridge, London © Charlie Bibby/FT

A Note from the Editorial Managing Editor

James Lamont, FT UK Managing Editor

A note from James Lamont, FT UK Managing Editor:

Journalism is about people – they are the readers we write for, the sources we interview and the colleagues who sit beside us. In an increasingly competitive media landscape, the continued success of the FT depends on us recruiting and retaining the very best people.

Casting the net as widely as possible through our annual graduate trainee scheme, the various fellowships we offer and a growing internship programme is one way of finding the very best.

On our part, this represents a substantial commitment. We expect our current staff to give generously in terms of time and guidance to help our trainees, fellows and interns to navigate the corridors of the FT while they are here.

We give substantial, often privileged, access to the inner workings of the newspaper, the website and sometimes to non-public information.

In return, we expect enthusiasm, a willingness to learn and professional conduct. If journalism, or specifically financial journalism, turns out to be the wrong choice for you in the end, that does not matter – but you owe it both to us and to yourself to give it a fair shot.

Editorial Internships

We offer a number of short-term research internships, which offer a practical insight into the world of FT business journalism within our newsroom, weekend and visual desks.


FT Newsroom Internships

Editors discuss breaking news © Charlie Bibby/FT

The aim of each newsroom internship is to give the applicant a practical and otherwise privileged insight into the world of FT business journalism. The programme as a whole allows candidates to work with some of the highest calibre journalists in the field on a multi-edition global publication.

This programme is designed to introduce graduates to careers in journalism by exposing them to the functioning of a 24-hour global newsroom. The Financial Times is focused on distributing the highest quality business news and analysis and those chosen will be expected to play an active role in the paper, assisting the reporters and editors wherever necessary. Interns will attend editorial news conferences and gain experience in one of the following areas:

  • Markets
  • Companies
  • World
  • Financial Services
  • beyondbrics
  • FT Special Reports
  • Comment & Analysis

Eligibility/Requirements:

Enthusiasm for journalism and specifically the FT as a product is the most important requirement for the internship. However, the selection process is competitive and most of those chosen will have had prior experience with either broadsheets or local newspapers.

The screening process puts a heavy emphasis on writing samples (published/unpublished) that demonstrate a clear dedication to business journalism. Successful candidates should have some financial knowledge, and have a genuine interest in business, economics and current affairs.

Important Information:

Internships are open to graduates and will usually last for a period of four weeks. Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the United Kingdom. Please see FAQs for more information.

Entry Details:

Candidates should email 200 words summarising an FT article of their choice along with a CV, samples of their own writing in English (ideally journalistic) and a covering letter stating their availability and preferred areas of interest to: internships@ft.com

Only the applicants who are selected for final consideration are interviewed. Receipt of application will be acknowledged.

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FT Weekend Internships

A selection of weekend magazine and newspaper supplements © Charlie Bibby/FT

Internships are open to graduates and will usually last for a period of four weeks. Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the United Kingdom. Please see FAQs for more information.

Candidates should send their CV with a covering letter stating their preferred internship and writing samples to internships@ft.com. Receipt of application will be acknowledged.

 

FT Weekend Magazine Internship

FT Weekend has a global reputation for the quality of its journalism. The Weekend Magazine covers the same range of subjects as the weekday FT – everything from business to politics to science to sport – but with a different approach to the stories, whether through narrative reportage, photo essays or short columns and graphics.

Interns will be expected to carry out a range of tasks, including fact-checking, proof-reading, research and some administrative work. Opportunities for writing will be encouraged alongside these duties.

Eligibility/Requirements:
Candidates should have an interest in magazine journalism and good writing skills.

FT Life & Arts Internship

The FT’s Life and Arts department is currently full for 2014. Please keep checking this section for updates on how to apply for 2015.

Life & Arts is the wide-ranging and popular broadsheet section of the FT Weekend, covering books, fashion, travel, arts and culture and aimed at the FT’s educated, affluent and international readership. It is the home of Lunch with the FT, the FT’s flagship global interview, as well as of popular regular columns including Tyler Brule’s Fast Lane.

Editorial interns are a valued and respected part of the team and can expect to undertake a varied range of tasks each week, including research, fact-checking,
proof-reading, social media work and some administrative tasks. We aim to give all interns the chance to write by-lined copy, usually in the form of supplementary
boxes and features alongside main articles.

Eligibility/Requirements:
Candidates should be graduates with an excellent standard of written English and a wide-ranging, inquisitive interest in culture, from high to low and from pop to classical.

We offer two month internships although we will make exceptions at times for those who can only come for one month. Please note that the fashion and arts desks run their
own internship schemes- this internship supports the Life & Arts section editor and her team as well as the books and travel editors.

FT House & Home Internship

House & Home is one of the most successful and best read sections in the FT. Apart from wide-spread coverage of property markets and architecture, House & Home runs the following weekly features:

  • high profile interviews from ambassadors to authors to entrepreneurs and philanthropists
  • gardens by the eminent classicist Robin Lane Fox
  • interiors
  • and an Agony Uncle column by Sir David Tang

FT Weekend has a global reputation for the quality of its coverage of property and design, which includes lifestyle, architecture and gardens.

Interns will be expected to have a good working knowledge of the section. They will assist the House & Home editors and be part of a hard-working editorial team, carrying out a wide range of tasks, from researching a property feature to general admin and support for the House & Home editors.

Eligibility / Requirements:

Candidates should have a developed interest in journalism; good communication skills; a proactive attitude and the ability to multi-task effectively.

How to Spend It Magazine Internship

The FT’s How to Spend It department is currently full until October 2014. Please submit your applications to us in September 2014.

The Financial Times is offering the opportunity for hands-on experience working on the FT’s award-winning colour supplement How to Spend It. Widely regarded as the benchmark for luxury lifestyle magazines, it is distributed globally with the FT 30 times a year.

Interns will be expected to carry out a range of tasks such as fact-checking, research and administrative work.

Eligibility/Requirements:

We welcome candidates that are school leavers and undergraduates. We are less concerned with academic proficiency and the ideal candidates will have an intense passion and drive for magazine journalism.

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FT Visual Internships

A panel of FT journalists being interviewed in our video studio © Charlie Bibby/FT

Internships are open to graduates who are available for 5 days per week. Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the United Kingdom. Please see FAQs for more information.

Candidates should send their CV with a covering letter stating their preferred internship to internships@ft.com. Receipt of application will be acknowledged.

FT Video Internship

The Financial Times is offering graduates the opportunity for hands-on-experience working with the video team, with a focus on media management and production. The intern will learn the full video production process from researching, organising and auditing footage to some administrative tasks.

Eligibility/Requirements:
Candidates should have a strong interest in video news production, an awareness of media management systems and be able to work with PC computers, Apple Macs and Final Cut Pro.

FT Design & Graphics Internship

The FT’s design & graphics department is currently not accepting any applications, please keep checking this section for updates.

The FT’s design and graphics department produces award-winning page design and graphics for the daily news and feature pages, weekly selections and digital platforms. Interns gain experience in all areas of graphic design from typography and page layout to data-visualisation and HTML 5.

Eligibility/Requirements:
We welcome applications from graduates in graphic design with Adobe CS skills and experience with HTML 5 and CSS.

Please send you CV, covering letter, your availability together with samples of your design work.

FT Interactive Internship

Work experience on the FT’s interactive news desk is suitable for graduates with skills in data journalism, interactive design or web development who want to gain experience of working in a busy newsroom.

The internship is open to graduates with any set of skills straddling fields such as statistics, cartography, data journalism, web development or interactive design who can demonstrate an enthusiasm for developing innovative forms of online storytelling in the subject areas prioritised by the Financial Times.

Eligibility/Requirements:
Although no specific qualifications are required, the selection process is competitive. Those chosen will almost certainly have a good degree and a body of online work as a journalist, designer or web developer that demonstrates a commitment to applying their strong technical skills to telling data-driven news stories or creating applications that present information in the public interest.

To apply, please send a CV with a brief covering letter outlining your interest in interactive news and the dates you are available. Please also include a proposal for one project that could be completed during the internship. This should mention any data to be acquired, steps to be taken and and what output would result from it. Please also include links that provide evidence of relevant skills, such as Github accounts or any published work.

When to apply: The interactive desk generally has space for one intern at any one time and welcomes applications for any time of the year. However, the time of greatest demand is during the winter and spring university term holidays. If you wish to apply for these periods, please apply by November 1 for the Christmas period or March 15 for the spring.

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Internship Experiences

This is what previous interns had to say about their experiences; to read more, visit our blog, A day in the life of an Editorial Intern.

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Editorial Awards and Fellowships

Editorial offer a number of internships and competitive awards, with small bursaries, for aspiring journalists.

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