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Editorial Interns, Thought Leadership (Tokyo)

Editorial Interns, Thought Leadership (Tokyo)

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Currently, the Thought Leadership (TL) division of The Economist is offering exciting internship opportunities in Asia. TL interns function like entry-level staff members—they don’t make copies, fetch coffee or answer phones. Interns work closely with TL’s editors and have the opportunity to work on live projects and contribute to research reports that will help advance their careers. TL’s internship program is competitive; we look for interns that have a profound interest in journalism, research and/or technology. The interns time will split across a range of project topics ranging from technology and finance to healthcare and trade. 


TL interns will work in one of our offices in Asia - Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore. 


In the role you would be expected to:

  • Perform a range of tasks depending on the research projects needs
  • Undertake desk research to identify related research and potential interviewees
  • Set-up interviews
  • Assist with management of online advisory board
  • Coordinate local film crews for interviews
  • Write, proof or fact-check reports (not essential, but possible for someone with the right skill set)
  • Manage creative content—working with designers to create project website, infographics and motion graphics for video

Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in the role you must have: 

  • Work experience or previous internship in journalism/research or the technology sector is preferred but not required
  • Good communication skills, both written and oral and an attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

 To succeed in the role you will be able to demonstrate:

  • A profound interest in journalism, research and/or technology
  • The ability to prioritise and be organised
  • Creativity and a flexible work style
  • The ability to be a self-starter who can take direction and contribute ideas