Hotcourses Abroad Web Editorial intern (paid)

Hammersmith and Fulham (London Borough), London (Greater) / Wandsworth (London Borough), London (...
Starting salary £6.50 per hour
06 Jan 2014
17 Jan 2014
Job Type
Full Time

Hotcourses Abroad Web Editorial intern (paid)

Location: SW London (Fulham/Putney Bridge)

Permanent/Full Time

Salary: Starting salary £6.50 per hour raising to £8.80 per hour after successfully passing the probation period.


About Hotcourses

Hotcourses develops the world’s busiest websites for students looking to study at universities and colleges around the globe. Our mission is simple - we want our websites to be the best source of information for anyone looking to start a course. The Hotcourses UK team are based in offices in Putney, London and we have offices in Chennai India, Sydney and Boston employing 250 people world-wide. We run over 30 websites in 14 languages used by 30 million people.

What will you be doing?

We’re seeking an editorial intern to support our busy editorial team for our global Hotcourses Abroad site ( which helps students search for education courses overseas. The ideal candidate will bring a creative approach to writing about all aspects of study abroad and overseas education. As well as the lighter, more “fun” topics associated with living and studying in another country, key content to be written will also cover detailed and nuanced topics, breaking down the study abroad process into manageable pieces for (young) prospective applicants from around the world. Therefore, candidates should be diligent but quick researchers, as well as talented when it comes to actually writing content.

In addition to producing content, candidates should also be proactive in suggesting ideas for content marketing and outreach via social media and digital marketing (both current and emerging).

Candidates do not necessarily have to have experience studying overseas, but they should be capable of capturing this experience in their writing. An English or Journalism degree would be an advantage but is not absolutely necessary.

Tasks will include:

  • Writing onsite content, including: comprehensible study guides for international students; guides to different cultures and countries; latest news items (interpreting jargon-filled, sector-aimed content and producing something which would engage students); inspiring career-focused content; guides to procedures across different markets (relating to immigration, applications, accommodation etc.)
  • Uploading articles via our CMS
  • Updating old content as policies and procedures change
  • Working to deadline to meet the needs of different groups of users for different times of the year
  • Working with our content editor to produce evergreen content ideas, as well as new takes on existing topics in a sector which is cyclical in nature
  • Some outreach, marketing and promotion of content so it is seen by new eyes

What are you like?

Candidates will have good online writing experience, having shown that they can work quickly but without sacrificing quality for quantity. They will bring enthusiasm to the role at all times, even when this involves working on topics which they have no prior experience of (this will involve tackling education-related processes from around the world – no other language skills are necessary for this). Candidates should be able to work to deadline and follow content briefs from the editor when set out, though initiative is also being sought out. As stated, study abroad experience is not absolutely essential, though it would be a tremendous benefit.

Candidates can expect to interact and work with members of our digital marketing team who come from many different countries, as well as communicating with our international offices; so good communication and interpersonal skills are also quite important.

Note: Copying and pasting (or spinning) content which already exists online, or formulaic approaches to writing, are traits we are NOT looking for. Candidates should bring an engaging, individual writing style to essential, core topics.

You will also need to posses the following:

  • Highly creative
  • Attention to detail
  • Impeccable English spelling, punctuation & grammar skills
  • Analytical, thorough approach to their work
  • Exemplary MS Office skills particularly in Word, while able to pick up new software, applications and programmes

What’s it like at Hotcourses?

  • We are a young team (most of us…)
  • We have company drinks every month following a presentation
  • Most people gets bonuses on top of their pay
  • We’re passionate about education
  • We have built and sponsor a school in Kenya with over 700 kids (
  • Over half our team are international
  • There is always cake in the office (as well as fruit)

Hotcourses has twice been included in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to work for Survey – including most recently in the 2012.

Our newly refurbished London office is located only 2 minutes walk from Putney Bridge Station (District Line) and 10 minutes to Putney Station (Rail). On site café, landscaped gardens and soon an on site gym making it a lovely place to work.

Please send your CV, Covering Letter and links to examples of your work to