The Financial Times is offering two Marjorie Deane internships for 2016, supported by the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation. The awards are designed for promising journalists or would-be journalists who would benefit from up to six months work experience at the FT, researching and writing about finance and economics. The prize includes a bursary.
Please apply with a short letter explaining your interest, a brief CV and an original article, no longer than 500 words, on a suitable subject. Applications should be sent to email@example.com by Friday 9th September 2016.
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]