Call for SCMP cadetship and internship applications, based in Hong Kong

Will China's next big story be yours?

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 November, 2016, 2:35pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 December, 2016, 4:16pm


Hong Kong’s most trusted English-language news organisation is seeking promising young journalists for its Cadet Training Programme, and Summer Internship Programme.

The SCMP delivers insights and exposes important issues, earning us a reputation as the regional authority on current affairs, and particularly China.

Proven to be the most influential paper for elite business readers, the South China Morning Post continues to maintain its widely respected position as the most important voice in the region. We are based in Hong Kong and through our website, we also reach millions of readers around the world.


The year-long programme starts with 10 weeks of intensive training on all aspects of journalism, followed by a rotation to the major desks for the remainder of the training year, these being the Hong Kong, China and Business desks.

The training is broad based, but applicants will effectively be applying for a job on one of these key desks after the cadetship year. Your application letter should include a pitch for one of these three desks. 
Who? Talented, ambitious young journalists or graduates. Excellent English, strong writing skills, and a curious mind are essential. Cantonese, Putonghua, and multi-media skills are very beneficial. Applicants should hold university or graduate degrees.

What? Cadets earn professional salaries and are closely mentored during training designed to fast-track their development. Upon successful completion of the programme, Cadets will move to permanent reporting jobs on their assigned desks.

When? Before February 10, applicants should send a cover letter, attaching a full CV detailing language skills and journalistic experience. The application should also include three published English language news or feature articles from a print or online publication, and a letter of recommendation. The next class of Cadets will report for duty on June 26, 2017.

Where? The cadetship takes place in Hong Kong.

Why? It is a great place to be a journalist. Since 1903, the South China Morning Post has been the gold standard of news publishing in the Asia region, and has continued to build this reputation around the world. Our credibility is founded on years of award-winning, world-class journalism, plus our deep understanding and interpretation of the issues locally, regionally and internationally.

How? Email applications to [email protected].
(Questions? Contact Training Editor Phil Smith at [email protected].)


SCMP’s interns report on everything from the China economy and protest marches to store sales and escalator safety in Hong Kong

Our summer interns spend 12 exciting weeks as paid reporters, helping to cover one of the world’s biggest stories – China.

Every year we hire bright, energetic summer interns and give them the opportunity of a lifetime.

Next summer’s internships will run for 12 weeks — from June 5 to August 25, 2017.

Applicants should be third- or fourth-year university students or be university graduates with excellent English. Fluency in Cantonese or Putonghua is a plus. So are multimedia skills.

Would-be interns should send a cover letter explaining their interest in SCMP, their language skills and journalism experience. Applications should also include three published (in print or online) news or feature articles as well as a CV.

The deadline for overseas applications is January 31, 2017.

The deadline for local applications (Hongkongers or students attending local universities) is February 28, 2017.

Successful applicants will be notified in mid-March.

Email completed applications or additional questions to [email protected].