Editorial Internship

at The Conversation

About the intern program
Our editorial internship program gives talented interns the opportunity to gain practical experience and actively contribute to The Conversation's newsroom.

Interns are assigned to an editorial section for the duration of their internship. Interns work closely with their section editors and are exposed to, and actively participate in, a range of editorial activities: generating ideas, commissioning articles, editing, sub-editing, picture research, writing research briefs and other editorial tasks.

The internship is particularly suited to journalism or media students/graduates seeking practical industry experience. It is an active, hands-on internship and individual initiative and motivation are determinates of success.

Our structured program runs for 2 days per week (negotiable) for 3 months. The role is unsalaried, however, interns will be paid $15.00 per day to cover lunch and travel expenses. Internships are located at The Conversation's newsroom in Melbourne. Intensive holiday-period internships are negotiable for interstate candidates.

Applications to the intern program are open only to students, or recent graduates, of The Conversation’s partner and member organisations. These are: CSIRO, Melbourne, Monash, RMIT, UTS, UWA, Canberra, CDU, Deakin, Flinders, Griffith, La Trobe, Murdoch, UNewcastle, QUT, Swinburne, UniSA, USQ, UTAS, UWS and VU.

Intern responsibilities
Interns will actively participate in a range of editorial activities. Interns will be responsible for:

  • Pitching ideas and developing news leads
  • Commissioning articles
  • Editing articles
  • Contributing to social media
  • Writing research briefs
  • Picture research
  • Writing headlines
  • Sub-editing
  • Liaising with authors and other stakeholders
  • Other editorial tasks as required

Key Selection Criteria
To be considered for an internship, applicants will need to demonstrate:

  • A keen interest and understanding of the media and public affairs
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Experience in social media, including understanding its role engaging readers
  • Pro-active communication skills
  • Organisational skills, including the ability to work to a daily deadline and manage multiple tasks as part of a team
  • Professionalism, care and attention to detail
  • Willingness, a positive work attitude and high energy
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as within a small team
  • Experience such as other internships, published work, or similar will be highly regarded.

Application Process

  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis from 15 January and close 29 January, 5pm.
  • Interviews will be held from 31 Jan- 6 Feb.
  • Successful applicants are required to attend a compulsory 2hr induction on 7 Feb.
  • Successful applicants would commence their placement week commencing 11 Feb (negotiable).

How to Apply for this job

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to tcadmin@theconversation.edu.au. Your cover letter should outline your suitability for the role, mention how you found out about the role, as well as nominate two editorial sections (eg. Business & Economy, Environment & Energy etc.) you would prefer to be assigned to. To discuss the internship program, please contact Debbie Dickinson on debbie.dickinson@theconversation.edu.au.

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