AJ seeks sustainability intern for November start


The Architects’ Journal is looking for an architecture or journalism graduate with a passion for sustainability to start November 1 (or sooner). Responsibilities include posting on Footprint, attending and reporting on industry events, sourcing and reviewing books, researching images and helping compile material for Sustainability in Practice in the AJ magazine. Good writing skills and journalistic flair a must. Still photography and video skills desirable.

The position is unpaid, but travel expenses within zones 1 and 2 will be covered. We are looking for candidates who can commit to a minimum of eight weeks. Interviews will be conducted as applications are received.

The Architects’ Journal is the UK’s oldest architecture weekly. It operates from Mornington Crescent in London and is published by EMAP Inform, whose titles include the Architectural Review, Construction News and New Civil Engineer.

Please email your CV, a short (no more than 200 words) letter on why you are interested in the position and dates of availability to me, here.

What previous interns have to say:

‘When I began at the AJ as a sustainability intern, I could never have imagined the amount of varied and interesting experiences that were to come; opportunities to attend talks on a wide range of topics related to sustainable design, visit buildings, attend openings and launches, and even visit factories manufacturing Passivhaus windows in Austria.

This behind the scenes access to the world of sustainable architecture and journalism developed my critical abilities; this is vital in sustainability because of the constant need to sift through greenwash and assess whether something really is as green as it claims. The experience also developed my understanding of the challenges facing sustainable building and how it relates to mainstream construction. This has added depth to my work in practice and helped clarify how I would like to develop my career.

The AJ’s friendly staff were supportive and encouraged me to push myself. The experience took me out of the comfort zone of the architectural office and challenged me to try something different.  It was great to work with people so passionate about architecture and I learnt a lot from being surrounded by this enthusiasm. My time at the AJ was fantastic and I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to be a part of the team.’

Laura Mark, Architectural Assistant, 2008 - 2011, Pick Everard and Professional Diploma in Architecture with Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies, 2011, Centre for Alternative Technology

‘Life as the AJ’s sustainability intern was a fantastic learning experience and a great insight into the world of architectural journalism. Tasks were varied and rewarding - from visiting lectures, seminars and exhibitions, to browsing through sustainability books and understanding new renewable technologies - there was never a shortage of things to do!

It was a really enjoyable way to immerse myself in all things green. I felt at the ‘front line’ of all the latest sustainability news as it happened!’

Tierney Lovell, 6th year Architecture student, University of Edinburgh

‘My time working as sustainability intern at The AJ involved seeing, reporting and writing about how successfully or not sustainable issues are manifesting themselves in architecture.  At times I felt positively optimistic about the future of the planet; the job is immersed in a world in which people try their hardest to raise sustainability to the top of the agenda.  There are so many aspirations, but currently many obstructions and foils as well.

What more to ask for than being involved with all of this on a daily basis? I am grateful to have had such an interesting and thought-provoking opportunity.’

Jo Leeder, MSc Advanced Sustainable Design, University of Edinburgh, 2010

‘My experience at the AJ was invaluable. You learn fast about the ever-changing field of sustainability, covering news on architecture, energy and government policy. You learn to use software widely used for online publications and content management, such as Webvision and Wordpress. Friendly staff and other interns make a big effort to help you pick up the tools you need.

When I finished my sustainability internship at the AJ, I had serious withdrawal symptoms from FootprintWire. I felt like sending out green news updates to friends and family for awhile!’

Alexandra Groszek, Newcastle University Part 1 graduate

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