• Editorial Intern, Thought Leadership (HK)

    Job Locations China-Hong Kong
  • Introduction

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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 editorial 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 one-off 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, healthcare and a variety of other subjects.


    The intern's time will be split across a range of projects, including an index of the best Asian cities for business and leisure travel (or "bleisure") and a global barometer measuring executives' awareness of data-privacy issues and their readiness to face new regulations.


    We are recruiting a six-month intern based in Hong Kong. Please note we cannot sponsor training visas 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 in-depth desk research to find relevant data 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 internships in journalism/research and/or think tanks is highly preferred

    • Good communication skills, both written and oral; attention to detail and ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines

    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel

    • Good people skills; ability to work both independently with limited guidance and as part of a cohesive pan-Asia team

    • 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 new trends in technology, society and elsewhere
    • 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


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