Paul McClean Graduate Trainee Programme

The Financial Times graduate trainee programme recruits and trains entry-level journalists for long-term careers at one of the world’s leading global news organisations.

The scheme has been renamed the Paul McClean graduate trainee programme in memory of one of our most promising trainees. Paul was a gifted journalist who produced groundbreaking work during his two years at the FT.  Sadly, Paul passed away in September 2017.

The FT is looking for talented, driven individuals like Paul who want to develop a career in financial journalism and global affairs. Alumni of this highly competitive scheme are well represented in senior staff of the FT and other news organisations around the world.

All applicants must demonstrate they can work in a fast-paced editorial organisation. That requires a strong commitment to serious journalism, a competitive instinct, good academic qualifications and interest in global business, economics and politics. Language skills, in addition to fluent spoken and written English, are an advantage.

Strong writing ability is vital. Many of our journalists are also experts in areas such as data analysis, broadcast journalism and coding.
The Paul McClean graduate trainee programme, now open for applications, is not an internship or fellowship: it is a full-time entry-level contract as a Financial Times journalist.

Successful applicants will join us in September 2018 and spend six weeks training, then take on a series of six-month assignments on the main news desks, possibly including one in an overseas bureau. Mentoring, feedback and further training are provided throughout.


Applicants in their final year of studies, recent graduates or post-graduates in any discipline may apply. Or, anyone who can demonstrate the requisite skills to fulfil the criteria for the scheme. This scheme is not for professional journalists or anyone who has started training courses with other media organisations.

We encourage international applications. As such, please provide any relevant information that might support your application in this respect. If you are in any doubt about your eligibility, or have any other questions, please contact

Equal Opportunities

There is no single type of person whom we employ at the FT; our strength is in our employees, from all different backgrounds, united by a passion for delivering compelling, smart journalism.

Apply here. Deadline 28 February 2018.

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