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The Economist
Virtual Work-Experience Program

Experience what it's like to work at one of one of the largest global media outlets

You will be trained in fundamental areas such as PPE, journalism, and media. You will learn how to combine theory with real-life practice.

Key Details

Key Dates

Feb 4, 23 - Mar 4, 23

Application Status

Currently Open.

Closing Jan 30, 23

Tangible Outcomes

Referral Letter by The Economist and a Certificate of Completion

You will get trained in...

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

You will start researching current events, spanning topics of economics, politics, or international affairs. After choosing a particular event to zoom in, you will engage in background research and conduct analysis, taking both a practical and philosophical stance regarding the matter at hand.

Economy News


Upon concluding the background research of the event chosen, you will start crafting your article. More sources may be added by, say, interviewing relevant figures or running a survey and analysing its results. Any interesting findings will be added to the article, while also catering for the right ‘Economist’ format. Any information cited will be cross-checked and referenced.



Upon producing the article, you will ponder on the most effective ways of its promotion to your audience. This process will include considering both the article’s site presence as well as any use of social media for promotion. In the end, you will craft a short media campaign for your produced article and make some predictions regarding its appeal.

Digital social media
Notebook and Pen

Program Outline

Orientation Week

Week 1

Get introduced to the program, your mentors and The Economist. You will learn how media companies operate and begin preliminary research on the program project.

Week 3

Development Week

You are now equipped with the adequate skillset to complete the program. Applying your knowledge onto the project and working as a team is the focus. 

Week 2

Competence Week

You will obtain all the required skills to complete the project. Through a series of skills lectures you will get a fully immersive learning experience and all the adequate skills.

Pitch Week

Week 4

In your final week you will submit your project for mentor feedback. In the final night you will pitch your project to the Economist firm representatives and upon completion, receive a referral letter. 

What our student interns say

"It was such an exciting program and feel that I gained skills I would never have got in school. I do think that by doing this I have a much clearer understanding of what I want to do in the future"
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Jimmy Z

17, New Zealand, PwC student

"This program opened my eyes to what life would be like when I enter the workforce - it was an amazing experience."
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Dane G

15, South Africa, Uber student

"School education alone could never give us something of this calibre, something that’s really about the actual industry... I would 100% recommend this program to my friends."
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Khaled H

16, UAE, KPMG student

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Economist Program

Start Dates


Applications Close

Best suited for...

Feb 4th, 2023

January 30th, 2023

Students interested in working in Media/Journalism

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