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Editorial Intern, Thought Leadership (HK)

Editorial Intern, Thought Leadership (HK)

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China-Hong Kong

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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 global trends in technology, education and a variety of other subjects.


The intern's time will be split across a range of projects including year two of The Worldwide Educating for the Future Index, a ground-breaking study exploring the extent to which 50 countries around the world are instilling young people with the skills they need to succeed in future, and a Transparent Business Barometer, assessing how global companies are readying themselves for a wave of new data-protection regulations. 


We are recruiting a six-month intern based in Hong Kong. Please note we cannot sponsor training visa for interns so applicants must be legally allowed to work in Hong Kong.


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 and other virtual events
  • Coordinate local film crews for video interviews
  • Write, proof or fact-check reports (not essential, but possible for someone with the right skill set)
  • Draft press releases and other marketing materials in support of research programmes
  • Produce creative content; manage designers to create websites, infographics and videos

Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in the role you must have: 


  • Work experience or previous internship in journalism/research, think tanks 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
  • Fluency in English; proficiency in Mandarin Chinese (particularly written) is a plus

 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