Internship opportunity: Launch your career in climate journalism

Climate Home News is offering a paid internship to a UK-based journalism student or recent graduate with a keen interest in the climate crisis

A press conference at UN climate talks in Madrid, 2019 (Photo: IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth)


Do you have burning questions about the climate crisis and the creativity and persistence to find answers? 

Climate Home News has an exciting opportunity for an aspiring climate journalist in the UK to join our editorial team this summer. 

Our mission is to deliver original reporting that informs and inspires action to tackle the climate crisis, with an international outlook.

To sustain this work for the long haul, we want to invest in the next generation of talent. 

That is why we are inviting applications for a paid internship. The successful candidate will get the UK living wage of £9.50 an hour and join our virtual newsroom for four weeks. We will cover reasonable travel expenses to meet the team in person, subject to Covid restrictions. 

The internship would suit an enterprising journalism student or recent graduate with a strong interest in the political, social and economic dimensions of the climate crisis. 

The successful candidate will take part in daily online news meetings, pitch story ideas and develop them under the guidance of our experienced reporters. You may be assigned tasks to support other members of the team such as research, fact checking or interviewing sources. 

You can expect to get bylines on Climate Home News and advance skills that will set you up for a successful career in journalism. One former intern for Climate Home News went on to work for the BBC World Service. Another journalist who started her career here founded the environmental news platform Inkcap. 

For practical reasons, you must be eligible to live and work in the UK. We welcome candidates from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the media. 

You can find out more about Climate Home News and our approach to climate journalism at an online event we are running on Friday 2 July. Register here.

To apply, send a CV, covering email and story pitch suitable for Climate Home News to the editor Megan Darby: [email protected]. 

We are looking for an intern who: 

  • Takes the initiative 
  • Can spot an original story angle 
  • Writes clearly, accurately and engagingly under time pressure 
  • Researches and fact checks thoroughly 
  • Works well with others 
  • Builds relationships with sources 
  • Is creative and flexible 
  • Follows ethical journalistic practice 

Your covering email should be no longer than 400 words and give evidence of these attributes, linking to published work as appropriate. Tell us why you are interested in climate journalism and what you hope to get out of an internship at Climate Home News.

Your pitch should outline in up to 250 words what you know, what you want to find out and the sources you would base the story on. 

The deadline for applications is 9:00 BST, Wednesday 7 July. 

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed over Zoom the week beginning 19 July. The provisional dates for the internship are 2-27 August, with some flexibility for the right candidate. 

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