TNH Internship Programme
The New Humanitarian is looking for smart, hard-working individuals to join our small, passionate team, which works remotely around the world. Get hands on experience and work with experienced journalists covering the most important beat of all: life and death. Interns are considered an important part of our operations and are given significant opportunities to grow (our current Director is a former TNH intern!)
TNH offers editorial internships continuously throughout the year (the start and length are flexible depending on need and availability).
You are welcome to apply at any time, but please note we will only contact you if you are selected. Our recruitment process may include a skills test.
TNH is one of the world’s leading sources of original, field-based journalism about humanitarian crises. Our journalists report from 70 crisis zones around the globe on everything from conflict to natural disasters, from migration to pandemics, amplifying the voices of those most affected and informing more effective prevention of crisis and a better aid response.
After 19 years as part of the United Nations, TNH spun off in 2015 to become an independent non-profit media organisation, now headquartered in Switzerland. Our journalism has prompted public petitions, donations and charity telethons, new aid programmes, debates in local parliament and changes in UN policy. Find out more about us here.
Location: Flexible - remote work
Status: Part-time, 25 hrs/week during standard CET business hours
Compensation: 800 USD/month
Contract length: We require a minimum commitment of 6 months
Requirements: Multi-media journalism experience is mandatory, either as an editor or reporter and preferably with a media organisation. Current students in graduate journalism programs or recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Fluency in written and spoken English is mandatory.
Overview: Editorial interns work alongside our experienced editors on research, production, fact-checking, reporting and newsroom organization and planning. This is a general editorial internship, exposing interns to all aspects of a small digital-first newsroom through participation in daily editorial calls and close work in researching, reporting, fact-checking and presenting humanitarian news and features. Work may include proofreading, fact-checking and copy editing on daily production and special projects; compiling daily and weekly newsletters; assisting with editorial organization and planning by creating events calendars, writer guidelines etc; researching potential op-ed/commentary contributors and stringers; assisting with occasional editorial events such as roundtables and panels; and multimedia presentation and the creation of data-driven graphics. The intern must be comfortable working remotely and independently.
Published work produced by TNH interns includes:
- Illegal weapons: A global guide
- Three notable innovations in humanitarian aid in 2016
- EXCLUSIVE: UN paying blacklisted diamond company in Central African Republic
Depending on skills, the role may include:
- Media monitoring and pitching ideas at the daily editorial meeting
- Conducting interviews
- Writing original copy (strong writers will be given bylines)
- Editing content
- Layout and visual presentation
- Repackaging content for different platforms (Storify, Medium)
- Data visualisation (word clouds, charts, interactive maps)
- Research and fact-checking
- Freedom of information requests
- Data processing and analysis
- Reporting on events/conferences
- Managing social media feeds
- Making tailored promotional material (GIFs, quote cards, myth busters)
Applicants with investigative, data journalism and/or HTML/java script skills will be favourably considered, as will applicants with additional languages.
As part of TNH’s decentralised nature, interns will work remotely, connecting with the team on a near-hourly basis through Skype and our virtual newsroom on the messaging platform Slack.