Marjorie Deane internships at The Economist and Financial Times are designed to provide paid work experience for promising journalists or would-be journalists, who would like to research and write about finance and economics. Three-month internships are available at The Economist; placements at the The Financial Times may last up to six months. The schemes are opened to new applicants each year, usually in the summer and autumn.
Adam Creighton, Internship, 2009
Having experimented with a bit of journalism while reading for an MPhil at Oxford, I returned to Australia in late 2008 with an urge to keep writing. Anonymous editorials weren’t enough to whet my appetite; I yearned to try the real thing, full-time. I was grateful to the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation for giving me the opportunity to go to London and write for The Economist.
Over six months in 2009 I wrote around 20 articles on finance, economics and books. I had a great time, made great friends and sat through the famous weekly editorial meetings. And who can complain about working in St James’s? I even got to interview a Nobel Prize winner.
Now I’m working in Sydney as a Senior Adviser to Australia’s Opposition Leader. The writing skills I picked up at The Economist, and the confidence I gained in pursuing articles, have proved invaluable. Best of all, a successful stint at The Economist leads to a lifelong connection. I still write the occasional book review. [February 2010]
Martin Adams, Internship, 2009
When my application for the chance to spend three months writing for The Economist was accepted, I was living in Beijing writing about business and economics for the Economist Intelligence Unit and other outlets. After more than a decade working and studying in China and Japan, I was probably a little older (and more married) than the average Deane intern. With my wife’s blessing and scarcely a second thought, however, I left her and our two-year-old son behind for a summer in London.
The internship gave me the chance to work with a uniquely erudite and eclectic group of journalists, and for its duration I was instructed to treat myself as one of them. Marjorie’s munificence opened up exciting opportunities to write for print and the web, and I was fortunate to cover subjects as diverse as carbon trading, China’s regional economies, wealth management and the joys of train travel with Chinese characteristics.
By a further stroke of good luck my stint in London helped me to land a beat covering “clean technology” for China Confidential, a newish Financial Times publication. So it is that I find myself back in my old haunt, Beijing, with an exciting new beginning. That, in no small part, is due to Marjorie Deane’s foundation, to which I will be forever grateful. [March 2010]
Jason Karaian, Internship, 2002
Put simply, I owe my career to Marjorie Deane. As an analyst in Chicago, I spent more time in front of a spreadsheet than a word processor. I wanted to write. Thumbing through The Economist, I found the advertisement for an internship in London. An application led to an interview, which led to an internship at CFO Europe, which led to a permanent offer, which led to a transatlantic move.
Many years later, I remain in London at the Economist Group, writing about business, finance and economics. From corner offices to factory floors, I have chased stories around the world. I owe it to Marjorie for the vital push onto the first rung of the ladder in financial journalism. To be able to claim a connection, however small, to her remarkable legacy is a great honour. [January 2009]