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Departmental Internships 2013-14

Media Policy Project Internship Guide

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.

Interested students should apply via the Departmental Internship Scheme online application form| by 9am on Monday 13th October 2014. 

Departmental Research Internship Guide

The Department Research Internship gives interns the opportunity to work with members of staff for up to one day a week (7 hours) to assist them with on-going research projects. The tasks which staff offer to interns will obviously depend on the nature of the project and the skill set of the intern, but may well include the following (but not exclusive to):

  • Interviews
  • Transcription
  • Translation
  • Report writing
  • Blog posts
  • Data Analysis

Interested students should apply via the Departmental Internship Scheme online application form| by 9am on Monday 14th October 2013. Candidates may be contacted regarding an internship role anytime throughout the academic year as opportunities arise.

Polis Internship Guide

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 currently also Head of Department.

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, don’t wait until later in the year, apply now via the Departmental Internship Scheme online application form| by 9am on Monday 14th October 2013. Have a look at the Polis website| and blog| to see what we have done in the past. Follow the Polis director on Twitter to keep in touch: @CharlieBeckett

How Much Time?

The unpaid internships are all informal and flexible to suit your timetable. The commitment might be as little as four hours for a one-off event or it might be a small but regular engagement through the year.

What Kind of Skills?

You don’t need to have had experience or have skills - we hope you will get those through the internship. But we are particularly keen to find people who have the following skills already:

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

What Kind of Roles?

  • Social media team (to run the Polis social media platforms - though all students are invited to write for the Polis blog/twitter and Facebook pages)
  • Researchers (especially to work with our journalism research fellows)
  • Event Producers (mainly helping out on the day of an event, but also guest-booking and planning)
  • Fundraising/marketing/admin support (to work with the Polis administrator on a range of tasks and projects)

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 usually 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.

Please contact us at Polis@lse.ac.uk| if you need more information. Apply via the Departmental Internship Scheme online application form| by 9am on Monday 14th October 2013.