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INTERNSHIP POSITIONS STARTING MAY-JULY ARE NOW OPEN
We receive on average 200+ applications a month, so please read the instructions carefully to increase your chances of getting an interview.
- All interns have to commit to a 6 month long internship, no exception. If you're in school and still confused with what you want to do after you graduate, take a gap semester. It'll 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 official attachment program.
- You can start applying now for our next internship period starting in May (small intake) and July (big intake).
- 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 pass this test before applying.
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're a confused millennial, this internship may just help you figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life.
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 and will be given plenty hands-on experience and opportunities. Depending on your position, you will have your articles published, produce videos for our YouTube channel and have your photography work displayed to over 300,000 of our followers.
Our editorial 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) - May to Oct and July to Dec positions are open!
- Food Writers (Undercover reviews on the newest restaurants/cafes, writing listicles) - May to Oct and July to Dec positions are open!
- Female-centric Writers (Beauty, thoughtcatalog type perspectives, female empowerment) - May to Oct and July to Dec positions are open!
- News Writers (Repackaging current affairs so news is more relatable to young readers) - May to Oct and July to Dec positions are open!
One of our three studios in the office for filming and shoots.
- Video producer - Producing content for our YouTube channel as a videographer/editor (here's our whole video team going on a road trip!) May to Oct and July to Dec positions are open!
- Creatives - Photography, product styling, fashion shoots, Facebook videos, stop motion, cinemagraphs, design etc. May to Oct and July to Dec positions are open!
- Advertising Executives - Ideation, pitching, content strategy, marketing strategy. You have to score 16/20 on this quiz first. May to Oct and July to Dec positions are open!
- Events Management / PR - Handle logics for events, laise with partners etc. Full.
Our canteen area and kitchen, with a fully stocked pantry!
We pay our interns above the market rate, ranging from $700 to $900 a month. 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 the chair become one from 9am to 6pm 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 personal mentorship of our creative director and influencer, @tippytoess.
- Creative eye
- Good work ethic
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: [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 lots of responsibility and hardwork throughout the internship. If you're thinking of just having fun at a 'chill' job, swipe left. I mean, please do not apply.