Intern is a platform for and by the creative youth, empowering the next generation through content, support and training
Through editorial, video and our podcast — as well as events and workshops — we champion young creatives from all backgrounds to provide them with the tools they need to navigate their careers with confidence.
Any young person thinking about a creative career already knows what to expect: frequently unpaid internships, a lack of appreciation for the precocious talent that they have to offer, and often unequal and exclusive access to jobs in the industry. A failure of political leadership and a lack of effective advocates in this space only make things worse.
Against this backdrop, intern was founded to challenge this damaging status quo and champion young creativity. In 2013, we launched as an independent print publication to provide a much-needed space for frank discussions about careers in the creative industries and as an experiment to show young creatives their value. We proved that it’s possible to create a publication filled with incredible, original content while paying everyone involved, ensuring that everyone who is part of our rotating team of emerging creatives is properly compensated for their work because “exposure” doesn’t pay the rent.
Now, with four issues under our belt, we’ve built a vibrant network of over 500 designers, writers, artists, filmmakers and young professionals who have gone on to become more visible in their fields. Building on that legacy, we have made this online space our new home so that the diverse voices we commission and the valuable stories we tell can reach an even bigger audience and have a greater impact.
We have always prioritised quality over quantity. We aren’t interested in pushing out clickbait, non-stories or one-dimensional content. In alignment with our mission to support emerging creatives, we predominantly work with young people, students and recent graduates by providing a platform for them to challenge their industry as well as to share their practice with the world. We do this by putting a spotlight on them and their work and by telling stories which confront the issues most important to young creatives today.
We make a point of paying everyone who creates for us fairly. Although it’s not easy, there are no excuses; we’ve shown it can be done and want to lead by example. You can support our independent journalism by sharing our original features across your social accounts, tagging the creators in each case so that we can get more eyes on their brilliant work.
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