Journalism Graduate and Trainee Schemes: The Complete List

The only complete and updated list of media and journalism graduate schemes or traineeships in the UK.

We aim to update this list every two weeks – but do get in touch if you spot something which isn’t quite right.

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Opportunities in green are currently open at the time of writing, while those in orange are expected to open on time as we’ve conducted checks! If something is in black, we’ve based this on data from the previous year.

List updated December 6.

December

Business Insider Markets FellowCloses ASAP
Six-month scheme covering the markets at Business Insider UK.

ESPN Research Internship – Closes ASAP
12-month scheme paid at £21,000pa analysing audience trends.

ESPN Editorial Internship Closes ASAP
12-month scheme paid at £21,000pa writing and sourcing sports news.

CNN Photojournalist PlacementCloses ASAP
A year-long placement on editing and filming breaking news video and pictures. Pays £20,575pa.

Bloomberg Summer 2020 News InternshipCloses ASAP
10 weeks in London, learning on how to report on global finance markets.

The Taylor Bennett Foundation, PR & Communications TraineeshipCloses December 6
A ten week paid traineeship full of workshops, training and travel. For BAME candidates only. Pays £269.50pw plus travel.

Apple Media Services Development ProgrammeCloses December 9
A 12 month scheme across one of Apple’s media outlets, across editorial, business and analysis.

Reuters Journalism Training ProgrammeCloses December 15
A nine month scheme with one-month training in London before another placement.

BBC Broadcast Operator ApprenticeshipCloses December 15
A level three apprenticeship which will leave you fully qualified across camera operations, vision mixing, sound and vision editing etc.

Yahoo! Journalism BursaryCloses December 15
A fully funded NCTJ course with expenses paid, moving onto a full-time contract.

Government Communication Service Internship – Closes December 15
A level three apprenticeship which will leave you fully qualified across camera operations, vision mixing, sound and vision editing etc.

The Times Graduate Trainee ProgrammeCloses December 15
A two-year scheme based in London, which also includes an NCTJ and a six-month placement in Scotland.

Global News General Assignment InternshipCloses December 21
A paid 12-week general assignment journalism internship in four US cities and four international locations including London.

AFP Trainee SchemeCloses December 31
A six-month training scheme working across international news, with the potential for a full-time contract.

Audio Always, Four Weeks For Our FutureDeadline Ongoing
Four weeks paid at London Living Wage working for various BBC stations.

The Wall Street Journal The Bartley Fellowship, Opinion Writing – Closed December 1
A ten week programme in summer 2020 for graduates, paying $900 a week.

The Wall Street Journal Books and Arts Criticism Internship – Closes December 1
A ten week programme in summer 2020 for graduates, paying $900 a week.

Falklands Island Television, Broadcast Journalism Scheme – Expected To Re Open In December
A 12 month contract getting to grips with all aspects of producing a TV programme.

Financial News Internship Scheme – Expected to Re-Open In December
A ten-week internship in London, focusing on financial reporting.

BBC News Disability Development Programme – Expected to Re-Open In December
A 12 month training scheme and contract for journalists, video journalists and production managers in news and current affairs.

Sarah Corp Fellowship – Expected to Re-Open in December
A year-long programme in memory of the Channel 4 journalist. Spend six months at the Channel 4 foreign desk in London, and six months in their Washington DC Bureau.

The Times Sports Sub-Editing Graduate Scheme – Expected to Re-Open in December
Spend 12 months learning the skills of sub-editing across print and digital platforms.

Summer Internship Programme at Dow Jones – Expected To Re Open In December
10 week scheme in financial reporting in London

The Times Picture Editor Graduate Scheme – Expected To Re Open In December
12 Month scheme across news, sport and features

rad Television Researcher – Expected To Re Open In December
Seven living wage placements for under-represented groups for 10 months in Scotland, with full training to become a TV researcher.

January

Deutsch Welle Journalism Trainee ProgrammeCloses January 24
An 18-month training programme based in Bonn or Berlin

Channel 4 Social Media ApprenticeshipExpected to Re-Open In January 2020
Learn the how to engage and drive audiences to Channel 4 and E4

Channel 4 Production Runner Apprenticeship – Expected to Re-Open In January 2020
Work with the 4 Creative team to create engaging adverts for Channel 4 programmes

Channel 4 Picture Editor ApprenticeshipExpected to Re-Open In January 2020
Work with the All4 team on selected and editing eye-grabbing imagery.

IMG Production Apprenticeship – Expected to Re-Open in January
12-month scheme to give you a grounding on getting into sports broadcasting.

tvf Media International Media Trainee – Expected to Re-Open in January
Structured training scheme with the world’s leading factual documentary programmer.

Business Insider, Video Editing FellowshipExpected to Re-Open in January
6-month paid scheme across the video desk

February

BBC Production Training Programme – Closed February 26th
An intensive 11-month scheme producing some of the BBC’s most popular content

Sky Sports Journalism Graduate Scheme – Closed February 28
12-month contract across all areas of news.

IMG Productions Broadcast Engineering Scheme – Expected to Re-Open in February 
12 month training programme across TV production

The Financial Times Paul Mclean Graduate Scheme – Expected to Re-Open in February
An entry-level contract, with six weeks initial training at the Financial Times

Editorial Internship Programme, Dennis Publishing – Expected to Re-Open February
A one month scheme to work across tech titles in the group.

BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme – Closed February 7
An 11-month scheme producing journalism at the BBC.

The Economist Richard Casement Internship – Closed February 8
3-month scheme reporting in science and tech, with a £2,000 monthly stipend

Sky Sports News Apprenticeship – Closed February 15
Two year training programme for school leavers, not graduates

Sky News Journalism Apprenticeship – Closed February 15
Two-year training programme for school leavers, not graduates

Sky News Reporting Apprenticeship – Closed February 15
Two-year training programme for school leavers, not graduates

Sky News Marketing Apprenticeship – Closed February 15
Two-year training programme for school leavers, not graduates

BBC Digital Apprenticeship Scheme – Closed February 20
Scheme for non-graduates offering a level 3 diploma

March

Harper Collins UK Graduate Scheme Closed March 31
18 months rotating across 6 teams – including Publicity, Marketing, Digital and with a focus on Editorial.

CNN London, Digital and Video Internships Closed March 1
Four month paid scheme across either digital or news (May 1 – August 31)

ITV News Traineeship – Closed March 3
Nine month contract at a local ITV region offering on the job training

The Telegraph Editorial Training Scheme – Closed March 5
A 2-year scheme with top-quality training with stints at the Press Association, leading regional news organisations, as well as the different sections of the Telegraph itself.

Daily Mail Graduate Scheme – Closed March 15
Year long scheme, giving graduates in-house training and five-month external placement.

Daily Mail Sub-Editing Graduate Scheme – Closed March 15
Year long scheme, giving graduates in-house training and five month external placement.

Daily Mail Sports Graduate Scheme – Closed March 15
Year long scheme, giving graduates in-house training and five month external placement.

London Sport Graduate Placements – Closed March 25 2018
12 month placement in marketing and communications

April

ASOS Marketing Graduate Scheme – Expected to Re-Open in April 2020
2 year scheme across four departments in ASOS

Business Insider Global Translation Fellow – Closed April 30
Six-month placement helping to identify the best global stories. £20,000pa.

Google News Initiative FellowshipClosed April 1
Eight-week summer programme in conjunction with the FT, TBIJ, Guardian etc

The Economist & The FT The Nico Colchester FellowshipClosed April 5
£6,000 and a three-month placement at The Economist abroad or the FT in London.

The Economist Foreign Internship – Closed April 15
Three-month placement, paying £2,000 a month

Penguin Random House InternshipsClosed April 22
Earn £22,000 pro-rata for six months on these hands-on editorial internship schemes.

Hearst UK ‘The Nest’ InternshipClosed April 24
7-week programme working experts across the business

Channel 4 Investigative Journalism Programme – Closes April 26
A 6-month investigations role, working with the dispatches team and gaining an MA. You need to have previous experience.

Eurogamer Trainee Reporter Internship – Closed April 2018
Spend three months learning the basics of gaming reporting in Brighton.

Edinburgh Film Festival Internship Scheme – Closed April 9 2018
Various internships from events to marketing, up to five months per role

The DO School Scholarship – Closed April 15 2018
A four week funded scheme in Berlin to look at creating meaningful connections. 

European Tour Live Production Trainee – Closed April 19 2018
Spend 10 months based in London and travelling to events, working in a live gallery on production.

The Telegraph Summer Internship Business and Tech Scheme – Closed April 28 2018
Spend three months in the national newspaper’s offices this summer, fully paid. This scheme is also offered by Creative Access for those who identify as BAME.

The Telegraph Summer Internship Lifestyle Scheme – Closed April 28 2018
Spend three months in the national newspaper’s offices this summer, fully paid. This scheme is also offered by Creative Access for those who identify as BAME.

The Telegraph Summer Internship News Scheme – Closed April 28 2018
Spend three months in the national newspaper’s offices this summer, fully paid. This scheme is also offered by Creative Access for those who identify as BAME.

The Telegraph Summer Internship Personal Finance Scheme – Closed April 28 2018
Spend three months in the national newspaper’s offices this summer, fully paid. This scheme is also offered by Creative Access for those who identify as BAME.

The Telegraph Summer Internship Social Media Scheme – Closed April 28 2018
Spend three months in the national newspaper’s offices this summer, fully paid. 

The Telegraph Summer Internship Sport Scheme – Closed April 28 2018
Spend three months in the national newspaper’s offices this summer, fully paid. This scheme is also offered by Creative Access for those who identify as BAME.

The Telegraph Summer Internship Video Scheme – Closed April 28 2018
Spend three months in the national newspaper’s offices this summer, fully paid. This scheme is also offered by Creative Access for those who identify as BAME.

May

Lime Pictures Publicity & Digital InternshipExpected to Re-Open In May 2020
A nine month scheme across both video and written word.

The Times Picture Researcher Trainee Scheme – Closed May 5
Two-year scheme across various departments to help create visually stunning journalism.

The Times Sub-Editing Trainee Scheme – Closed May 5
Two-year scheme across various departments to create polished, accurate copy and headlines.

Penguin Random House ‘The Scheme’ – Closed May 10
Six months working as part of the editorial team at one of PRH’s London offices. Open to applicants from a BAME community, and/or from a socio-economically disadvantaged background.

Warner Bros Apprenticeship Programmes – Closed May 13
Earn £18,000pa on 18 month schemes including publicity, creative and marketing.

BBC Communications Trainees – Closed 27 May
Four places on offer on the 12-month scheme in the BBC Communications team.

Business Insider Fellow, Finance Closed May 28
Six month fellowship reporting on banking culture, global trade and stock markets

Business Insider Fellow, Social Media Closed May 28
Six month fellowship distributing content across various social media platforms and building relationships with publishing partners

Channel 4 Broadcast Production Apprenticeships – Closed May 13 2018
Spend 14 months with an independent production crew across the UK. No experience needed.

Channel 4 Broadcast Production Training Scheme – Closed May 13 2018
A 12 month scheme for those who have some experience in TV or a degree.

The Spectator Summer Internship Programme – Closed May 14 2018
Four schemes in social media, data research, editing and the web.

DK Editorial Internship Scheme – Closed May 20 2018
Three month paid scheme with the publisher in their London offices. This scheme is also offered by Creative Access for BAME candidates.

June

Refinery29 Photo and Design Internship – Closed
3-month internship working on all aspects of visual content..

Scottish Documentary Institute Film Distribution Internship – Closed June 23
6-month internship working under the guidance of the Festivals and Marketing Coordinator to deliver quality documentaries to A, B and C Tier film festivals worldwide.

Twofour Broadcasting Junior Researcher Trainee – Closed June 30
6-month contract working in post-production in Plymouth, Devon.

Harper Collins Publishing BAME Graduate and Trainee Scheme Closed June 2
A 12-month scheme in publishing for those identifying as BAME. Degree not mandatory.

Shine TV Production Graduate Scheme – Closed June 2
33-month contract to work on development and production skills, with additional relocation bursary.

Endemol Shine Brightbulb Internship – Closed June 2
A creative intern scheme designed to give some of the brightest and best a chance to get into non-scripted TV ideas development

The Sun Summer Internship Scheme – Closed June 4
A 12-week scheme in the Sun’s office in London, Manchester or Glasgow at London Living Wage.

Channel 4 Apprenticeship Schemes –  Closed June 17
A 12-month scheme while earning a level three or four qualification

The Economist, Social Media Fellowship – Closed June 19
12-month contract working across social media

Press Association News Trainee ProgrammeClosed June 14
A two-year scheme in the PA newsrooms across all the basics of reporting

Independent and Evening Standard Investigative Scholarship – Closed June 27 2018
Investigative journalism qualification and a trainee contract

July

Getty Editorial Entertainment Photographer and Videographer Internship – Closed July 31
12-month scheme paying £25,000pa working as an editorial entertainment photographer and videographer.

The Financial Times Marjorie Dean Internships – Closed Jult 14
Six months on the UK companies desk of the FT for a promising journalist.

Digital Web Content Trainee, Institute of Art and Ideas – Closed July 22
Full-time role requiring a 2:1 degree and marketing experience

Communications and Digital Marketing Traineeship, The Institute of Art and Ideas – Closed July 22
Full-time role requiring a 2:1 and marketing experience

The Sun News Journalism Apprenticeship – Closed July 10
A year-long apprenticeship open to 18-25 year olds who haven’t been to university.

The Sun Sports Journalism Apprenticeship – Closed July 10
A year-long apprenticeship open to 18-25 year olds who haven’t been to university.

The Guardian Trainee Sub-Editor Scheme – Closed July 11
12 month paid position to teach you the skills to become a sub-editor.

CNN London, Digital and Video Internships – Closed July 1
Four month paid scheme across either digital or news (September 1 – December 31)

The Guardian Summer Internships – Closed July 4
6 weeks working in various departments of the Guardian. 

Lime Pictures Internship – Closed July 5
9-month paid internship on a range of TV production specialisms including make-up, costume, sound, VFX, music and camera work.

FT Specialist Reporting Traineeship – Closed July 7
18-month traineeship gaining experience within different areas of the business and will join a team of 80 journalists based in London, and a total of 150 worldwide, writing for a diverse range of audiences.

The Economist 1843 Journalism Internship – Closed July 7
*BAME candidates only* 6-month magazine journalism covering every aspect of production, with opportunities to pitch and write stories, promote content through their social-media channels and carry out administrative tasks.

The Economist Britain Team Journalism Internship – Closed July 7
*BAME candidates only* 6-month magazine journalism pitching and writing original articles for the print edition of the weekly magazine (Britain section).

PA Media Entertainment Data Apprenticeship – Closed July 12
Paid 12-18 month scheme, including a Level 3 Content Producer qualification.

PA Media Racing Data Apprenticeship – Closed July 12
Paid 12-18-month scheme, including a Level 3 Content Producer qualification.

PA Media Sports Data Apprenticeship – Closed July 12
Paid 18-month scheme, including a Level 3 Content Producer qualification.

PA TV Media Page-Ready Data Apprenticeship – Closed July 12
Paid 18-month scheme, including a Level 3 Content Producer qualification.

Hachette Fresh Chapters TraineeshipClosed July 14
12-month scheme for BAME candidates only – six months with an editorial department and six months within either a Marketing or Publicity department

Youth4Reigions, Aspiring Journalists Programme – Closed July 15
Accommodation, travel and training on journalism and EU policy, as well as mentorship.

August

International Media Trainee, TVF Media – Closed August 18
Join the UK’s leading provider of factual programming, and learn all the skills required in documentary making.

Digital Projects Intern, TVF Media – Closed August 18
Three-month internship at National Minimum Wage, with potential for a permanent position.

Instant Impact, Content & Design Executive (Graduate) – Closed August
Learning to look after all areas of visual design and photography online and in print.

Royal Society of Chemistry, Publishing Editors (Graduate) – Closed August
Working across the society’s journals, from initial commissions to publication.

September

European University Institute Trainee Scheme – Closed September 2
12 month paid position in Florence focusing on writing, social media and photography.

Haymarket Journalism Apprenticeship – Closed September
Full-time 18 month apprenticeship with Autocar, offering an NCTJ qualification and £15,000pa.

Business Insider Entertainment Fellowship – Closed September
A six-month scheme covering entertainment with their London team.

Business Insider Food & Travel Fellowship – Closed September
A six-month scheme covering food and travel with their London team.

Business Insider Visual Features Fellowship – Closed September 13
A six-month scheme covering features which lead with amazing imagery.

Business Insider Editorial Tech Fellowship – Closes September 13
A six-month scheme covering start-ups, gadgets and the world’s biggest tech companies.

Falkland Island Television Broadcast Journalism Scheme – Closed September 13
12-month contract with island TV station, pays £1,218 per month plus accommodation and flights.

Unity Theatre Digital Marketing Assistant Apprenticeship – Closed September 16
Receive full digital training as part of this scheme at a Liverpool Theatre.

ArtReview Editorial and Publishing Trainee – Closed September 23
Six months working in the editorial and publishing department on web, social, research and admin.

UnHerd Editorial Traineeship – Closed September 30
Spend six months working with the UnHerd team on original stories, podcasts and social.

The Telegraph Lifestyle Internship – Closed September 30
A 12 month programme at London Living Wage, across the publication’s lifestyle desk.

The Telegraph Culture (Arts) Internship – Closed September 30
A 12 month programme at London Living Wage, across the publication’s culture desk.

October

The Hudson Bec Group, HBC Thrive Placement – Closed October 6
A month placement across editorial, creative and business management. Pays £1,850.

Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism – Closed October 13
A nine-month paid fellowship at the Wall Street Journalism open to graduates with less than five years’ experience.

ESPN Graduate Editorial Traineeship – Closed October 14
A four-month training scheme across news, social, features and live programming.

The Bristol Cable Early Career Journalism Placement – Closed October 14
Five months working on original content for the Bristol Cable website.

The Telegraph Apprentice News Reporter – Closed October 23
A two-year programme to learn all areas of news reporting, as well as gain a level 3 qualification.

The Financial Times Maisie Hylton Fellowship – Closed October 23
Two six-month schemes for BAME candidates to work in sub-editing and production.

November

CNBC News Programming Internship – Closed November
12-month training scheme across scheduling and programme research.

Wall Street Journalism, Europe Reporting Internship – Closed November
A ten-week internship in London, Paris, Brussels or Rome in Summer 2019.

CNN London, Digital and Video Internships – Closed November 1
Four month paid scheme across either digital or news (January 1 – April 30)

The Wall Street Journal Health and Science Internship Scheme – Closed November 1
A ten week programme in winter 2020 for graduates, paying $900 a week.

The Wall Street Journal Data Reporting Internship Scheme – Closed November 1
A ten week programme in summer 2020 for graduates, paying $900 a week.

The Wall Street Journal US News Reporting Internship Scheme – Closed November 1
A ten week programme in summer 2020 for graduates, paying $900 a week.

The Wall Street Journal Video Internship Scheme – Closed November 1
A ten week programme in summer 2020 for graduates, paying $900 a week.

The Wall Street Journal Magazine Internship Scheme – Closed November 1
A ten week programme in summer 2020 for graduates, paying $900 a week.

The Wall Street Journal F.J Pensiero Internship Scheme – Closed November 1
A ten week programme in summer 2020 for graduates, paying $900 a week plus a $3,000 accommodation stipend.

The Wall Street Journal Photo Editing Internship Scheme – Closed November 1
A ten week programme in summer 2020 for graduates, paying $900 a week.

The Wall Street Journal Data Science Internship Scheme – Closed November 1
A ten week programme in summer 2020 for graduates, paying $900 a week.

The Wall Street Journal Graphics Internship Scheme – Closed November 1
A ten week programme in summer 2020 for graduates, paying $900 a week.

Apple Marketing Communications Industrial Placement – Closed November 3
For BAME candidates looking for a placement or recent grads. London Living Wage.

Entertainment One, Development Trainee Video Editing – Closed November 5
For BAME or lower socio-economic backgrounds. Six-months on editing and scripting.

MailOnline Graduate Scheme – Closed November 8
Year long scheme, giving graduates in-house training and five-month external placement.

The Economist Social Media Fellowship – Closed November 10
One year fellowship paying £2,000 a month to work with The Economist’s Social Media team.

Institute of Art and Ideas, Research Intern – Closed November 11
Three-month scheme on editorial research, helping to plan their events.

Institute of Art and Ideas, Graduate Digital Marketing Trainee – Closed November 11
Three-month scheme looking at social media, newsletters, and content.

Institute of Art and Ideas, Development Trainee – Closed November 11
Three-month scheme working on partnership organisations and ensuring growth.

Global Data Journalism Graduate Programme – Closed November
12-month training scheme across various business publications.

The Sun Journalism Trainee Scheme – Closes November 29
Two schemes for those with and without an NCTJ or degree. Paid training and newsroom experience.

European Parliament Traineeships – Closes November 30
Five months paid traineeship in a European country, with choices including journalism, podcasting and web-editing.  You must be part of a country in the EU to apply.

Other Schemes

There are a number of other schemes we are aware have run in the past but we are unable to provide details of when or if they will re-open at present. We will provide new information as soon as it becomes available.

These schemes are:

  • The Sun Graduate Scheme
  • The Sunday Times Graduate Scheme
  • Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People Graduate Scheme
  • BBC Radio Journalism Apprenticeship
  • Incisive Media Trainee Scheme
  • Evening Standard and The Independent Apprenticeship
  • BBC World Service Future Voices Scheme
  • Future Media – Video Graduate Scheme
  • Business Insider Social Media Fellowship
  • BBC Sport New Voices Scheme