The Spectator’s no-CV internship scheme is now open. We don’t care how old you are, where (or even if) you went to university, whether you’re a refugee or a baronet. All that matters in journalism is whether you can do it: do you have good, original ideas, and care about good writing? We have doubled our circulation in a market that has fallen by two-thirds because we believe that nothing matters more than the quality of the people we hire. We’re mindful that good people come in all shapes, sizes and locations, which is why we put a lot of effort into finding the very best staff.
A dozen internship offers go to the people with the highest average scores on the anonymised applications. They come in for a week of their choosing – and the best one gets asked back to help with our Christmas special. They’ll be paid the London Living Wage.
No one is marked up or down for accidents of birth: you play the hand you’re dealt in life. The no-name aspect is in honour of Dan Hitchens (2016), one of the best interns we’ve ever had. Yes: he’s the son of Peter, nephew of Christopher. But he’s an outstanding writer and his recent piece about living on a houseboat has been one of our best-read pieces this month.
Our team at 22 Old Queen Street is one of editors rather than writers: if your dream is to get a piece published in the magazine then by all means send ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org but this internship may be a waste of your time. We commission, edit, package and project the work of others: in print, digital, data, broadcast and management. We need hugely talented people for all of this and depend on their energy and originality. The intern that we recruited last year was Lukas Degutis, a Leeds University communications student who came via the broadcast internship.