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Departmental Internships 2014-15

The LSE Media Policy Project (MPP) is an excellent chance for students interested in media policy issues to dig into the most important issue in UK and European media policy. The MPP operates a blog, maintains an active presence in social media platforms, and publishes regular policy briefs aimed at using research to impact the way policy makers think on key issues. The project also hosts events bringing together experts from civil society, government and state institutions, and academia to talk about policy issues.

Interns with the MPP will have the chance to contribute to the blog, author dossiers on a variety of topic to serve as resources on the blog, and meet people who are important in media policy making in the UK. Tasks will also include working on the project's database, helping with events, and helping MPP expand its use of social media. Students will be part of a small project team and will work either individually or with others in the team. The amount of engagement can vary but students will be expected to spend 20-30 hours per month on the project. Regrettably these positions are not funded. They will last until the end of Michaelmas term with possible continuation through Summer term.

The project is looking for students who have good writing skills and experience with social media tools. Priority will be given to applicants familiar with Wordpress and online tools used for social marketing and who are able to start at the beginning of term.

You will have plenty of academic work to do when you get to the LSE but we’d like to offer you a flexible and interesting way to connect your learning with the ‘real world’ of media. We invite you to consider an internship at Polis, the journalism think-tank based in the Department of Media and Communications.

The Polis director, Professor Charlie Beckett, is an experienced journalist who used to work for the BBC and ITN. Polis works with media practitioners to create lectures, debates, seminars, research reports and an annual conference. Polis also has very lively social media platforms. We need your help to create all this.

If you are interested, apply now via the online application form by 9am on Monday 13th October 2014. Have a look at the Polis website and blog to see what we have done in the past. You can also follow the Polis director on Twitter to keep in touch: @CharlieBeckett and the Polis Twitter account @PolisLSE.

How much time?

The unpaid internships are flexible to suit your timetable. The commitment might be as little as a few hours across the term or it might be a small but regular engagement every week.

What skills are we looking for?

You don’t need to have had experience or have skills - we hope you will get those through the internship. Here is a selection of skills you will use in a Polis internship:

  • Social media skills - knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networks.
  • Journalism skills - writing, blogging, interviewing, video, stills photography, editing.
  • Event production - publicity, marketing, event organisations, guest-booking
  • Marketing/Fundraising - finding sponsorship, foundation support, partnerships.
  • Designing – knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign
  • Research skills - to work with journalism research fellows on literature reviews, background research, case studies, interviews.

What types of roles are available?

We are looking to fill the following positions. In your application form, please let us know what your role preferences are and why. We are also willing to accept applications from students who are interested in and willing to work in multiple roles.

  • Social Media Team
    • Twitter Intern: This role will involve updating the Polis Twitter account with 4-8 posts a day, live tweeting from Polis events and lectures (taking turns with other members of the social media team), taking photos for the Twitter feed and coordinating with the Photography Interns for content, and working with the Events and Marketing Coordinators for Polis publicity.
    • Facebook Intern: This role will involve updating the Facebook account with one post a day, creating Facebook Events for Polis events, using Facebook to communicate with relevant LSE student societies, coordinating with the Photography interns for content, and working with the Events/Marketing interns for Polis publicity.
    • LinkedIn Intern: This role will involve posting once a week on the Polis LinkedIn Group, working on growing the group, posting relevant Polis articles on Alumni LinkedIn groups, and working with the Marketing Coordinator to make industry/alumni contacts.
  • Reporting Team
    • Photography Interns: This role will involve taking and editing pictures at Polis events, as well as photos around campus to develop our library of stock photos. You will also assist with photography for filmed interviews, and the Design Intern and Social Media team with source material.
    • Video and Interviews Interns: This role will involve creating video interviews or videos for Polis’ YouTube Channel, blog and website. You will also be responsible for promoting Polis’ YouTube Channel.
    • Editorial and Research Interns: This role will involve writing regular blog posts for the Polis blog, and doing written interviews. They will also help with research projects run by Polis, such as assisting Charlie Beckett and the Polis Newsroom Fellows. The Editorial Group will meet regularly with Charlie Beckett to discuss and be assigned stories.
  • Publicity/Events Team
    • Design Intern: This role will involve designing publicity materials for Polis events, fundraising campaigns, and the Polis website. A knowledge of or a desire to learn InDesign or Photoshop is required.
    • Events Coordinator:  This role will involve assisting in organising Polis events, including the Polis annual journalism conference in March, and events based on Polis Student prizes. You will also work with other interns to ensure that for each event there is a photographer, live-tweeter, reporter and interviewer.
    • Marketing Coordinator: This role will involve marketing Polis on and off campus, advertising Polis prizes, helping produce the Polis newsletter, helping the Designer with written content, and working with the LinkedIn intern to make industry/Alumni contacts.

There are also opportunities to assist Polis Newsroom Fellows with research tasks. We will advertise these roles on ad hoc basis throughout the academic year.

What do I get out of it?

We hope that you will enjoy working with the Polis team and with your colleagues. The internships are organised in teams so you’re never alone!

You will make great contacts with media practitioners and we hope that you will also learn applied skills that will be useful in your career. We are also happy to give references to Polis interns.

Former Polis interns have gone on to work for a variety of media organisations such as Time Magazine, BBC, Al Jazeera and many NGOs and marketing or public relations firms.

If you need more information please contact us at Polis@lse.ac.uk.. Apply via the online application form by 9am on Monday 13th October 2014.