YouthNet, Editorial Intern

24 Oct 2012
05 Nov 2012
Job Type
Part Time

Editorial intern
Role description

• 3-6 months, part time

• The first 3 months is unpaid - expenses (travel and lunch) only – but there’s an opportunity to apply for funding to extend the internship for three months starting in March, as a paid opportunity.

• Based in Old Street, London: First Floor, 50 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8RT

• Reporting to’s journalist; overseen by Head of Editorial

About the YouthNet Editorial Intern role
This is a unique opportunity to get hands-on journalism experience within a not-for-profit environment. YouthNet is the charity behind the award-winning guide to life,; and, the UK’s leading online volunteering resource.

Background to role:
YouthNet’s editorial team is staffed by professional journalists. It’s our job to ensure the young people who use our sites get the most accurate information possible, presented in an interesting and accessible way. We’re also heavily involved in contributing to the overall design and development of our websites.

Overall purpose of role:
This voluntary internship is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic and talented young journalist. Your varied role will focus on uploading, sourcing pictures and supporting the team with research and ideas. You will also have the opportunity to develop your own writing, contribute towards the editorial direction of some sections of the websites and to learn a little about making video and audio content.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

• Learning to use our content management systems to update homepages and content
• Sourcing pictures and writing headlines and teaser copy
• Checking newspapers/newsfeeds/twitter daily for news relating to our audience
• Ensuring copy is error-free
• Pitching story ideas
• Finding interviewees
• Writing articles
• Contributing to our video and audio content; learning to use our cameras, recording equipment, editing software (please note this is not a key element of the role but if you’re interested we can get you some experience towards the end of your placement).

Skills and experience:

We’re looking for someone with a demonstrable passion for writing and journalism.

• Excellent spelling and grammar
• Evidence of commitment to writing – a portfolio or published pieces of work
• An understanding of social media and writing for the web
• An interest in, and understanding of, our readership
• Ability to be flexible, adaptable and work on own initiative
• Attention to detail
• Confidence communicating with others – interviewees, experts, our audience
• Ability and desire to pick up new technology

YouthNet’s commitment to interns and volunteers

YouthNet values the contribution of our interns and volunteers. Find out more about our commitment to volunteers and read Hannah’s blog about work experience on the Editorial team.

If you come to intern with us, you’ll be guaranteed weekly supervisions with your line-manager, intensive training in writing for the web and the opportunity to contribute to editorial decision-making.

How to apply

Please send your CV, an example of your writing, three article ideas for and a covering letter explaining why you’d like to intern for us to

5th November 2012, 9am