Paul McClean Graduate Trainee Programme

Coming Soon: The Financial Times will open in December applications for its 2021 Paul McClean graduate trainee scheme for aspiring and driven journalists. We are looking for graduates from all walks of life who are excited about getting scoops, telling stories across all formats and able to work accurately under pressure in one of the world’s most respected news organisations. Curiosity, a strong commitment to serious journalism, an international mindset and keen interest in global business, economics and politics are essential. Successful candidates will join us in September 2021. Look out for full details in November.    


The Financial Times graduate trainee programme recruits and trains entry-level journalists for long-term careers at one of the world’s leading global news organisations.

The scheme has been renamed the Paul McClean graduate trainee programme in memory of one of our most promising trainees. Paul was a gifted journalist who produced groundbreaking work during his two years at the FT.  Sadly, Paul passed away in September 2017.

The FT is looking for talented, driven individuals like Paul who want to develop a career in financial journalism and global affairs. Alumni of this highly competitive scheme are well represented in senior staff of the FT and other news organisations around the world.

All applicants must have completed an internship at the FT to demonstrate they can work in a fast-paced editorial organisation. Details about our internships can be found here. Our graduate trainees require a strong commitment to serious journalism, a competitive instinct, good academic qualifications and interest in global business, economics and politics. Language skills, in addition to fluent spoken and written English, are an advantage.

Strong writing ability is vital. Many of our journalists are also experts in areas such as data analysis, broadcast journalism and coding.

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 2020 and spend six weeks training, then take on a series of six-month assignments on news desks, potentially including one in an overseas bureau. Mentoring, feedback and further training are provided throughout.


Applicants must have first completed an internship at the FT.  Internships are available throughout the year.

This scheme is not for professional journalists or anyone who has started training courses with other media organisations. If you are in any doubt about your eligibility, or have any other questions, please contact

Equal Opportunities

There is no single type of person whom we employ at the FT; our strength is in our employees, from all different backgrounds, united by a passion for delivering compelling, smart journalism.

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