Financial Times, Paul McClean Graduate Trainee Programme

London (Central)
Feb 05, 2018
Feb 28, 2018
Job Type
Full Time

The Financial Times graduate trainee programme recruits and trains entry-level journalists for long-term careers at one of the world’s leading global news organisations. 

The FT is looking for talented, driven individuals who want to develop a career in financial journalism and global affairs. Alumni of this highly competitive scheme are well represented in senior staff of the FT and other news organisations around the world.

All applicants must demonstrate they can work in a fast-paced editorial organisation. That requires a strong commitment to serious journalism, a competitive instinct, good academic qualifications and interest in global business, economics and politics. Language skills, in addition to fluent spoken and written English, are an advantage.

Strong writing ability is vital. Many of our journalists are also experts in areas such as data analysis, broadcast journalism and coding.

The Paul McClean graduate trainee programme, now open for applications, is not an internship or fellowship: it is a full-time entry-level contract as a Financial Times journalist.

Successful applicants will join us in September 2018 and spend six weeks training, then take on a series of six-month assignments on the main news desks, possibly including one in an overseas bureau. Mentoring, feedback and further training are provided throughout.


Applicants in their final year of studies, recent graduates or post-graduates in any discipline may apply. Or, anyone who can demonstrate the requisite skills to fulfil the criteria for the scheme. This scheme is not for professional journalists or anyone who has started training courses with other media organisations.

Equal Opportunities

There is no single type of person whom we employ at the FT; our strength is in our employees, from all different backgrounds, united by a passion for delivering compelling, smart journalism.

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