Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Get your publishing career started: become an editorial intern at TARGETjobs

The careers advice you read on TARGETjobs is put together by a team at GTI Media, TARGETjobs’ parent company, and we’re hiring four interns to join our editorial team over the summer.
Interested? Apply here

Why you should apply

This editorial internship is a great opportunity for you to:

1.     Be paid and receive top-notch training. While you are working with us, you’ll be fully trained on topics such as interviewing professionals, effective copy-writing and search engine optimisation techniques and managing client expectations – everything a graduate interested in a communications career needs.  And, of course, you’re working for us and will receive an hourly wage of £6.70 (£1,005 a month).

2.     Get CV tips and careers advice from our experts. Our editors are experts in recruitment, as well as coming from a wide range of journalism and publishing backgrounds themselves. They’ll happily give you advice about your CV and LinkedIn and you’ll get tips on how to present this internship in the best light, too.

3.     Form the basis of a successful career in the media – or elsewhere. Our previous interns have gone onto find graduate jobs as feature editors of magazines, as production editors for leading books publishers, as PR representatives and as copywriters and journalists. Others have gone on to join graduate management training schemes at top companies, while others have gone into teaching. This internship helps you work out want you want to do in your career and gives you the skills to get there.

What you need to know

Over the summer, you will:

  • research organisations and specific careers areas to tight deadlines and summarise your findings using crisp, clear copy
  • fact-check and update articles
  • write articles for print and web
  • contact clients and industry experts for input into our articles by phone and email
  • interview contributors and write up your interviews into articles for publication
  • complete routine tasks centred around our online content management system
  • provide some administrative support.

You must be:

  • accurate and have excellent attention to detail
  • organised and persistent
  • confident enough to pick up the phone and interview contributors if required
  • calm under pressure
  • self-aware – so you know when to ask for help
  • a good team member
  • able to think on your feet and take the initiative.

And you must:

  • be able to complete in-depth, detailed desk research and summarise your findings clearly (a lot of the work will involve conducting in-depth research)
  • write good, plain, concise English in both chatty and more formal styles
  • have high standards of spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • be able to interpret data – including basic statistics
  • have a professional telephone and email manner.

We are looking for four interns to start in May or early June. Ideally, two interns will stay with us until mid-September and two until mid-October, but we can be flexible on this. We will give preference to those who are able to start in May. Please state your earliest possible start date when you apply.

Find out more about the internship and apply here. You’d better hurry, though: the deadline is 31 March.

Impressing us with your application

One tip: have a good look at our CV and covering letter advice before you apply.


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