Paid summer internship with openDemocracyUK for a UCL student/recent graduate

UCL student or graduate? Come and work for openDemocracyUK over the summer.

Adam Ramsay
Adam Ramsay
10 March 2016

University College London, by Steve Cadman, some rights reserved

openDemocracyUK is looking for a UCL student or recent graduate to work with us over the summer. Specifically, we are looking for someone with an interest in journalism and developing not-for-profit organisations to apply with us to the UCL summer internship programme.

Please note that you must attend the UCL information session on the 16th of March (or have attended a previous one) to be eligible for this.

The UCL internship scheme pays the London living wage for either 8 or 12 weeks, and is open to current UCL students, and graduates from 2014, 2015 and 2016. You can find out more about the scheme here.

The role would be based in the openDemocracy offices in Dalston, and would include editing, publishing and commissioning high quality writing about British politics; working closely with both the openDemocracyUK editor and openDemocracy's Senior Editor, as well as the wider editorial team. The successful applicant could expect to gain experience in working in a growing online not-for-profit media outlet, including establishing and running new projects, adapting to fast changing circumstances as well as writing, commissioning and editing.

We are looking for someone with an interest in UK politics, who is excited by and has some background in working on openDemocracyUK's aims (for example through a student society), who is keen to work holding the powerful to account through political journalism, and who feels they could learn from the experience.

Anyone interested should send a CV and single page cover letter outlining why you feel you fit the above criteria to [email protected] by the 1st of April. We will then hold interviews the following week, and will then need to work with the successful applicant to apply together to the UCL scheme by the 25th April.

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