Siam News Network internships
Siam News Network offers young journalists internship programs. Interns work with full-time staff in a challenging but supportive environment. All internships are paid, contract positions.
We cannot accommodate volunteers, short-term placements or co-op students.
Six months internship
Siam News Network is offering a Six months internship program for young journalists.
The program runs from October to March and is open to graduates under the age of 30 who have never held a full-time, permanent staff position at a newspaper or website in Thailand.
Successful candidates work in the city department. A demonstrated commitment to journalism is required, through a combination of formal journalism training and experience, or extensive experience. We will consider candidates with non-traditional qualifications and credentials. The application deadline is August 9, 2010. The program starts Oct. 7, 2010.
This is a demanding program because summer journalists are hired on vacation replacement contracts – meaning that as full-time staff disappear on vacations, summer interns are expected to step up to the demands of replacing them.
The 12-week contracts for journalists are all general assignment positions and successful applicants could be writing features, courts, inquests, breaking news or health and education stories, in other words, anything that’s happening. Summer journalists also shoot photos and must have multimedia skills.
The positions are open to college and university level students, (or college and university level journalists) or students who graduate in the year of the summer program they are applying for. Previous experience at a daily newspaper is usually required.
The program begins with orientation. Monthly seminars and volunteer mentors offer additional support. The application deadline is April 20, 2009 for the Summer 2010 program.
August 9, 2010 for 6 months internship. Program starts Oct. 13, 2010
What we look for
Enthusiastic, talented, curious and intelligent journalists with a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and a passion for the profession, who will bring energy, ideas and new perspectives to the paper. Fluency in other languages and experience with different cultural and ethnic communities are assets. A strong portfolio of published or posted work is required. Photography and multimedia skills are also required.
Packages should contain the following collated material (in this order):
- Cover letter, state position applying for at top of page in bold type. Include email, street address and phone number.
Need for journalist applications:
- A range of writing with a strong component of news stories
- Proven ability to write well, report thoroughly, synthesize and organize information
- Reporting experience outside school assignments and a demonstrated commitment to journalism
- Photography and multimedia experience
- Strong people skills
- Life experience that contributes to your development/ability as a journalist
Need for Web Designer applications for 6 months program:
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, often under tight deadlines
- Knowledge of Dreamweaver, Photoshop and WordPress. Flash skills considered an asset
- Previous newspaper or magazine experience required (campus publications qualify)
How to apply
Each position and program requires a separate application.
Please read the following instructions carefully. We thank all applicants for their interest. If you provide an email address, we will send a standard message that acknowledges receipt of your package. Applications and accompanying materials will not be returned. Once applications are in, we will be in touch only with candidates we would like to interview.
Application packages for journalists must include a one-page cover letter, resume, three references (names and contact numbers – both home and cellphone plus email addresses are sufficient but you may include reference letters if you wish) and a selection of six to eight published or posted pieces of work, a mix of news and features. If you are fluent in another language or have experience with diverse communities, please include that information in your resume.
Please send application packages for reporting positions to:
Guidelines for candidates
Please use A4 size paper for all elements of the package including scanned or downloaded clippings and photos.
Packages should contain complete contact information, including a full mailing address, email address, a phone number and cellphone number, if available. If you are living at a temporary address, please include alternate contact information that will not change for a six-month period (for example, your parents’ address and phone numbers).
Our decisions are final, and while we understand the desire for feedback, we cannot provide individual assessments of candidates.
Six months program, design department – Page Designer
Candidates should send a resume, cover letter and 5 examples of their work to
Work samples may be sent as PDF files only. No phone calls, please.
We cannot return applications or any materials submitted with applications.
If you include an email address, you will receive a standard acknowledgement that we received your package.
If we are able to offer an interview, someone from the paper will be in touch to arrange it.
Those interviewed will also be asked to complete a spelling and writing test.