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Paul McClean Graduate Trainee Programme

Paul McClean Graduate Trainee Programme

locationLondon, UK
ExpiresExpires: 24/01/2022
Editorial / Writing / Storytelling
Fixed term contract
£20,000 to £30,000 per year

Deadline: 23/01/2022 23:59

Are you excited about getting scoops and telling stories? Join the Financial Times as a trainee Journalist!

The Paul McClean graduate trainee programme recruits and trains entry-level journalists from all walks of life for a long-term career at one of the world’s leading and most respected news organisations.  

The scheme is named after Paul McClean, a gifted journalist who produced groundbreaking work during his two years as an FT trainee. Sadly, Paul passed away in September 2017.

We are looking for talented, driven individuals like Paul who want to develop an FT career in financial journalism and global affairs; people who are curious about the world, strongly committed to serious journalism and who enjoy the thrill of nailing a good story.

Alumni of this highly competitive scheme - now in its 36th year - are well represented in senior staff of the FT and other news organisations around the world.

Knowledge, skills, experience


  • All applicants must demonstrate they can cope with the pressure of working in a fast-paced news organisation with assignments abroad
  • We are looking for self-starters who are committed to unstintingly high standards, have a keen interest in business and global affairs, and an international mindset
  • Strong writing ability is vital. They should be excited about getting scoops and telling stories across all formats


  • Language skills, in addition to fluent spoken and written English, are an advantage, as are data journalism skills and the ability to understand different cultures

The Paul McClean graduate trainee programme is not an internship or fellowship: it is a full-time contract as a trainee Financial Times journalist. 

Successful applicants will join us in September 2022, spend seven weeks training, then take on two years of six-month assignments. These could include a posting overseas and possibly, at a regional news organisation. For their third year, the trainee will undertake their first dedicated job. Mentoring, feedback and further training are provided throughout.

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Required degree level

  • Level 6 (e.g. Bachelor's degree)

Years of experience

  • Entry

Salary range

  • £20,000 to £30,000 per year