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.

Links to the advertisements for these positions, when applications are open, can be found on our news page.


Maria Wilczek (The Economist, 2018)

“I joined the Economist as Marjorie Deane intern in late 2018. Over the past three months I worked with my anonymous heroes and wrote over a dozen print pieces for a number of sections, including Finance, Business, Europe, Britain, and the Americas. I am immensely grateful to the Marjorie Deane Foundation for making this possible.”

Alice Fulwood (The Economist, 2018)

“I was a Marjorie Deane intern at The Economist in early 2018. I am delighted to be back from late November as a full-time business correspondent. I am forever grateful to the Marjorie Deane foundation for giving me the opportunity to have this experience.”

Colby Smith (The Economist, 2018)

“The Marjorie Deane Foundation’s internship programme offers an unparalleled experience for young financial journalists looking to hone their reporting and writing skills. It was a pleasure collaborating with a number of journalists and editors across a broad spectrum of subject areas, from emerging markets to employment law. There is simply no better way to get your start in journalism.”

Camilla Hodgson (Financial Times, 2018)

“Applying for the Marjorie Deane internship was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The scheme is immensely valuable for aspiring journalists and those looking to specialise in finance in particular (there are a lot of terms, numbers and concepts to get your head around), but I think any aspiring journalist would get a lot out of it. I spent six months in the Financial Times’s newsroom on the Companies and FastFT desks, both of which were fast paced and full-on learning experiences. In that time I covered breaking news stories, wrote analyses and features, spoke to chief executives at FTSE companies and got my first front page—as well as a thousand other things—and I am now on the Financial Times’s graduate trainee scheme.”

James Yan (The Economist, 2017)

“The Marjorie Deane programme, I can say without exaggeration, is the single best opportunity for aspiring business and financial journalists. During my internship in the New York bureau of The Economist, I wrote about topics as diverse as long-dated government debt and Donald Trump’s border wall. I interviewed the chief executive of a Fortune 500 company, attended press conferences in Manhattan and made reporting trips to rural America.”

Elizabeth Winkler (The Economist, 2016)

“The internship was an amazing learning experience for me, a crash course in financial journalism, as I had previously only written on politics, books, and culture. I wrote about 15 articles across the paper during my stint, covering subjects from Breitbart’s business model to China’s changing credit culture to supply-chain finance to gender-budgeting. I also did a few pieces for other sections (United States, Europe and Books).”

Yuan Yang (The Economist, 2015)

“I got my first opportunity to work as a journalist through the Marjorie Deane Foundation’s sponsorship, without which I wouldn’t have been able to afford to live in London and work as an intern for The Economist. It’s an invaluable opportunity for early-career journalists, and through it I met a wonderful community of journalists who I still run into around the world, now that I’m based in Beijing with the Financial Times. I would definitely recommend applying, even if you don’t have a “traditional” journalism background. I was an economist by training and this proved a great background for writing up columns about development economics!”

Callum Williams (The Economist, 2013)

“My first journalism experience was at the business desk of the Guardian. After spending some time in America, I was awarded an internship at The Economist during my Master’s course in economic and social history at Oxford University. I am incredibly grateful to the foundation for offering me this fantastic opportunity.”

Andrew Bowman (Financial Times, 2012)

“The programme is a fantastic opportunity to learn about financial journalism through hands-on experience. It provides a good grounding in reporting on companies and markets, but you’re also encouraged to branch off and pursue your own story ideas. I wrote on topics ranging from sovereign debt in sub-Saharan Africa to British dairy farmers. Help and advice is always close at hand from some of the best editors and journalists in the trade.”

David Keohane (Financial Times, 2011)

“Joining the FT on the Marjorie Deane programme was a wonderful experience. Within weeks of arriving in London I found myself reporting on emerging markets for the beyondbrics blog — interviewing reserve managers, CEOs, bankers and, very publicly, a Russian politician who had even less English that I had Russian – before eventually moving to the markets team to cover UK equities. It was the best possible start to a career in journalism and I would recommend it to anybody.”

Henry Mance (Financial Times, 2010)

“The award was a great opportunity to learn and contribute. I was posted to the beyondbrics blog, covering the rise of emerging markets, from Indian billionaires to Chinese school children. New ideas were always welcome, and getting the hang of financial reporting was an enjoyable challenge.”

James Shotter (Financial Times, 2010)

“Since joining the FT on the Marjorie Deane programme, I have had the chance to write about a huge variety of fascinating topics – from the Arab Awakening to the Eurozone crisis to pandas – met presidents and spy chiefs, business titans and eminent economists, and spent time working in both London and Berlin. I cannot imagine a better introduction to journalism.”

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