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The FT is offering two six-month Marjorie Deane Internships, supported by the Marjorie Deane Foundation. This is a great opportunity for a promising journalist interested in researching and writing about finance and economics, to gain paid work experience at one of the world’s leading news organisations.

Marjorie Deane was a pioneering financial journalist who broke down barriers for women in a career that spanned four decades at the Economist. She set up the foundation with the aim of encouraging young journalists into financial reporting. The FT is proud to be a diverse and inclusive employer and welcomes applications from all members of the community.

The foundation’s stated purpose is: “To advance the education of the public in financial and monetary theory and institutions and financial journalism in particular by the provision of work experience for students and young people at suitable organisations, and the provision of financial support during such work experience.”

The two placements will be as reporters on the UK Companies Desk. The first internship will run from August -February 2020, the second February-August 2020.

Please apply with a short letter explaining your interest, a brief CV and an original article, no longer than 500 words, on a subject pertinent to finance or business. Please clearly indicate which placement you are applying for AUGUST or FEBRUARY or BOTH.

Applications should be sent to deaneintern@ft.com by 14 July 2019.

Interviews will take place at the end of July.

The successful applicant must have the right to work in the UK.

Successful applicants receive a monthly bursary above the London Living Wage.


Camilla Hodgson (Financial Times, 2018)

Applying for the Marjorie Deane internship was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The scheme is immensely valuable for aspiring journalists and those looking to specialise in finance in particular (there are a lot of terms, numbers and concepts to get your head around), but I think any aspiring journalist would get a lot out of it. I spent six months in the Financial Times’s newsroom on the Companies and FastFT desks, both of which were fast paced and full-on learning experiences. In that time I covered breaking news stories, wrote analyses and features, spoke to chief executives at FTSE companies and got my first front page — as well as a thousand other things — and I am now on the Financial Times’s graduate trainee scheme.

Cat Rutter Pooley (Financial Times 2017)

As an ex-City lawyer trying to break into journalism, the Marjorie Deane fellowship meant the FT could take a chance on me. Despite having limited writing experience, I got thrown in to covering everything from features on fund managers to helping with breaking news on a special live blog. It’s been challenging, intellectually stimulating and great fun: the best possible start to a career in reporting.

Andrew Bowman (2012)

“The programme is a fantastic opportunity to learn about financial journalism through hands-on experience. It provides a good grounding in reporting on companies and markets, but you’re also encouraged to branch off and pursue your own story ideas. I wrote on topics ranging from sovereign debt in sub-Saharan Africa to British dairy farmers. Help and advice is always close at hand from some of the best editors and journalists in the trade”. 

David Keohane (2011)

“Joining the FT on the Marjorie Deane programme was a wonderful experience. Within weeks of arriving in London I found myself reporting on emerging markets for the beyondbrics blog — interviewing reserve managers, CEOs, bankers and, very publicly, a Russian politician who had even less English that I had Russian — before eventually moving to the markets team to cover UK equities. It was the best possible start to a career in journalism and I would recommend it to anybody”.

Henry Mance (2010)

“The award was a great opportunity to learn and contribute. I was posted to the beyondbrics blog, covering the rise of emerging markets, from Indian billionaires to Chinese school children.

New ideas were always welcome, and getting the hang of financial reporting was an enjoyable challenge.” 

James Shotter (2010)

“Since joining the FT on the Marjorie Deane programme, I have had the chance to write about a huge variety of fascinating topics — from the Arab Awakening to the eurozone crisis to pandas — met presidents and spy chiefs, business titans and eminent economists, and spent time working in both London and Berlin. I cannot imagine a better introduction to journalism”. 

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