"The assessment day was much more informal and laid-back than I had expected and I was surprised to find myself at ease within minutes of entering. At the very beginning, we played ice breaking games (one of which included sweets!) and spent the best part of the morning getting to know the staff and other potential interns. The day was packed with activities- after we'd rid ourselves of initial nerves, we had to present a presentation we had already prepared on how we hoped to build on the Student Life section; this was probably the part of the day most applicants were worried about so we were relieved to have it out of the way first. Presenting was nowhere near as intimidating as I expected; the interviewers were patient and receptive which was very encouraging. We then began a group exercise that saw us working together to brainstorm ideas for a potential piece for the Student Life section which we then presented. It gave us an idea of what they were looking for in terms of content for the Student Life vertical and working under pressure. After a quick lunch, we had our individual interviews and a writing exercise in which we wrote a student based piece for the site in 45 minutes. Though it was a long day, it flew by and was an excellent way of not only finding out about The Telegraph but meeting and networking with new people.
I am very fortunate to be currently interning with the Education desk and have learnt more within the last three weeks than I could have hoped to learn within three months. I've been trained in Escenic, pitched and written several articles and been given unprecedented amounts of freedom. It's been a truly eye-opening experience; working in a busy Newsroom, at the Education desks busiest time, has given me a real insight into the industry I am entering and has assured me that it's where I'd like to be. I would wholly recommend it to anyone who seeks a genuinely useful and insightful internship."
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