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If you're looking for freelance or full-time positions instead, go here. Full-time applicants must have a minimum 1-2 years of working experience to be considered. We have a few positions open! For an inside look at TSL, check out our TalentTribe feature.
On average, we receive 200+ applications a month, so please read the instructions carefully to increase your chances of getting an interview.
- Feb 17th 2018 Update: All our positions are now filled. Our next internship batch starts in July and applications open in May 2018 so please apply then.
- Jan 25th 2018 Update: We have a new position open for a research assistant! Apply now!
- Dec 28th 2017 update: Our internship positions starting in Jan are now all taken up.
- All interns have to commit to a 6 month long internship, no exception. If you're in school and still a confused millennial, take a gap semester. It may be the best decision you make.
- For those looking for industrial attachments, we regularly work with unis and polys and if your course is relevant, you can take up our internship as part of your school's attachment. We've worked officially with NTU Wee Kim Wee, NUS FASS, SMU, SP Mass Comm, NYP, etc
- All positions need a portfolio. Journalist interns should share writing samples. Video producers should include links to their videos. Creatives should include links to their photography work. Advertising executives have to score 16/20 on this test to get an interview.
If you have an interest in pursuing a career in the media industry, TSL is where you'll get to learn first-hand from the leading lifestyle publisher in Singapore. You don't have to be super experienced, but you must show potential as these are competitive positions. We'll teach you everything else. If you still can't imagine what your first job would be after you graduate, this internship may just help you figure that out.
We are a young start-up with a dynamic working environment. You will not be chucked in a corner and left to do boring menial work like other companies. Our interns are personally mentored by experienced full-timers and you will be given plenty hands-on experience and opportunities. The office culture is also super open and collaborative so many graduate with lifelong friends as well. Depending on your ability, you may have your articles published, videos produced and your photography work will be displayed to the 3 million Singaporeans we reach each month.
Our team ideating in our chill area which looks more like a Korean TV drama set!
- Lifestyle Writers (Things to do, events, new products, interviews, etc) - Jan 2018 positions are full.
- Food Writers (Undercover reviews on the newest restaurants/cafes, writing listicles) - Jan 2018 positions are full!
- Female-centric Writers (Beauty, thoughtcatalog type perspectives, female empowerment) - Jan 2018 positions are full.
- News Writers (Repackaging current affairs so news is more relatable to young readers) - Jan 2018 positions are full.
One of our three studios in the office for filming and shoots.
- Research Intern - When it comes to learning, you have an insatiable child-like appetite for knowledge and you find yourself scrolling through Wikipedia more than IG stories. You'll be in charge of providing research to our team for the more difficult technical topics over many categories. This could range from anything from "How to buy a car in Singapore" to "Solving the mystery of McDonald's fried chicken which suddenly disappeared.".
- YouTube producer - Producing content for our YouTube channel as a videographer/editor (here's our whole video team going on a road trip!). You just need basic experience for this position. Immediate and Dec positions are open for Zula (view channel), Eatbook (view channel) and MSN (view channel). The YouTube positions are now filled across our companies.
- Video producer - Helping to assist in the production of TVCs, short-films and other commercial work as a videographer/editor. You need to have intermediate experience for this position. Jan 2018 positions are full.
- Creatives - Photography, product styling, fashion shoots, Facebook videos, stop motion, cinemagraphs, design etc. Jan 2018 positions are open!
- Advertising Executives - Ideation, pitching, content strategy, marketing strategy. You have to score 16/20 on this quiz first. One Jan 2018 position is unfilled. If you're a JC student we strongly recommend you applying for other positions instead and this requires more experience.
- Events Management / PR - Handle logics for events, liaise with partners etc. This position has been filled.
- Admin Assistant - This is most suitable for meticulous individuals who have not had a job before and want to pick up some working experience. It's also suitable for people who really want to join TSL and will work hard, but don't have a portfolio for any of the positions above. You'll be allowed to learn from different departments after you're done with your daily duties. But fair warning - this position involves a lot of data entry and is more similar to a temporary admin job. This position has been filled.
Our canteen area and kitchen, with a fully stocked pantry!
We pay our interns $700 to $900 a month depending on academic qualification. This position also comes with a lot of perks from being spammed with invites to the latest events/openings and an abundance of free food - while doing what you love. We even send our best interns overseas for work, two of them just came back from Dubai! But don't get us wrong, if you're looking to just 'play', this is not the internship for you. We value interns who recognise there are also less fun parts to the job, like the days your butt and chair merge into one to rush out an article/video. And the importance of punctuality and hitting deadlines. We value applicants with a mature attitude towards work, who'll put in their 100% during their internship.
WHADDUP SINGAPORE POLY! Our ex-interns turned full-timers Producer @mynameisfauzi and Deputy Editor @joycestarbean just visited SP to give a talk about internships! They were accompanied by fresh SP grad @renaecjc (an ex-intern with us) to share their internships experiences. Pssst... We are open towards holding career talks in schools so hit us up! ⯑ #tslintern
1. Intern Journalists:
As a writer for today's generation, you see angles and stories in seemingly mundane scenarios. You should be equally adept in crafting a witty tweet or a 3,000 word dissertation on the rise and fall of Flappy Bird. You make the boring interesting, the convoluted easy to digest. You value clarity over a fancy pants vocabulary and writing as means to reach out to people, not to alienate them. Above all, you love writing.
The picture above is a shot of our journalist Alicia, when she was out compiling a list of unique playgrounds to visit in Singapore. Apart from exploring and writing guides to Singapore, she did interviews of notable people, developed her ability to pitch stores, flew to Taiwan to write this guide to Taipei food, attended events, learned how to model for shoots, was trained in SEO, was hosted at restaurant tastings, learned how to film and edit videos etc. What you'll get is a very holistic new media writing experience.
Alicia was from ACS(i) and did this internship while waiting for university to start. Check out all the articles she wrote for TSL here. She also did plenty of undercover food reviews at Eatbook.sg. She's currently studying at NTU's Wee Kim Wee but she's still enjoying writing for us on a freelance basis.
- Ability to write well. By that we mean writing with perfect grammar and personality. We value an articulate and engaging writing style over a pretentious vocabulary.
- A true passion for writing. This is essential otherwise you will be bored once the novelty wears off. If you've not had a writing job before and want to "try this out" my advice to you is don't.
- Bonus: Good in photography, sociable, good sense of humour, creative.
2. Intern Video Producers:
Here's Q in Bintan when she travelled here with us to help out as the assistant videographer for an advertiser. She was halfway through her internship then. Most of her time is spent producing Singaporeans Try and PrettySmart and she occasionally assists with the production of client and comedy videos.
She came to TSL with a diploma in hospitality so she learned all her video editing and filming skills at TSL from scratch. She's now responsible for conceptualising and editing many of the episodes you see on our channel, with her skills reaching a high level in just a few months. After her internship, she was offered a full-time position. Here's her meeting a real-life mentalist.
Check out our YouTube channel and look at the credits for more videos by her.
- A passion in video content creation.
- Good sense of humour/creative mind.
- Basic experience in editing and filming videos. Home-made style videos are fine - you just have to show us something.
- If you can film a creative introductory video like this, you'll almost certaintly get the job, if not at the least an interview.
3. Intern Creatives (Photographers):
Shona was from HCJC where she was the VP of her Media Club. She saw this internship as an opportunity to pursue her interest in photography before furthering her studies in law. Apart from fashion, studio, profile and product photography. Shona was also taught how to create stop motions, cinemagraphs and videos while at TSL. She also helps curate and create images for our Instagram feed and was taught how to style products, film videos and create flatlay shots.
A photographer intern spends the most time out of the office - shooting and accompanying our editorial team for tastings, events, fashion shoots and personal photography projects. We sent all 3 of our photography interns overseas in the first half of 2016, a few went multiple times. You'll also be under the mentorship of our experience full-timers.
- An eye for aesthetics
- Good work ethic
- Sociable - can see yourself confidently directing talents
You must have a very strong existing photography portfolio to be considered for this position.
Our office decided to dress up as Lady Gaga for a day.
How to Apply:
Your email will be your first interview so think of a way to make yourself stand out. Send an email to Yen at [email protected] with the subject being the position you're applying for. e.g "Food Writer Intern Journalist"
Use a conversational writing style and tell us over 3 paragraphs about yourself, background, why you think you're suitable, your social media accounts, your period of availability and attach your resume. If you do it right and show us your personality through your writing, you'll land yourself an interview. This position is challenging and requires responsibility and hardwork throughout the internship - that's the best way to grow and acquire skillsets. If you're thinking of just having fun at a 'chill' job, swipe left. I mean, please do not apply.