Vacancy Details

Financial Media and Publishing Internship at QA Media - Exclusive to UCL Summer Internship Scheme
Location: London
Position: Research
Salary: £9.75 per hour (London Living Wage)
Date Posted: 20 March 2017
Vacancy Type: UCL Internship
Job Description:
Company: QA Media
Job title: Financial Media and Publishing Intern
Job type: Summer Internship
Location: London SE1
£9.75 Per hour (London Living Wage)
Start Date: 12th June 2017
Duration: 8 weeks full-time from 12th June until 4th August 2017
Application Deadline: 11am Monday 3rd April 2017
The Company
We are a specialist information publishing and events business.
Our focus is on the marketplace for quality assurance and testing of financial software.
This is a major marketplace for outsourced services - banks and other financial firms outsource a large proportion of their software development to vendors such as IBM, Accenture, Infosys etc.
We provide information about that marketplace and the new technologies being used, including automation and cloud services.
In addition to our website - - we run conferences in London, New York, Singapore and Zurich.
We plan to diversify our business by launching information services and events in other industry verticals, notably retailing and healthcare.
We also want to provide research products that detail the services and technologies available in the marketplace.
The aim of the internship
To research the markets for quality assurance and testing of software in the new industry verticals that we want to move into. Who are the customers? What do they want? Who are the major vendors of services in these verticals? What services do they provide?
The end product of the internship would be a research report covering the retailing/ecommerce and healthcare industries that we can use to plan the launch of new information services and events.
Activities, duties and responsibilities
1. The intern will report directly to the editor, Matthew Crabbe. The first objective will be to discuss and organize a plan for the period of the internship, including how the research work would be presented as a final report that can be used for business planning.
2. The intern will be asked to contact a list of c. 100 companies that provide outsource software development services, and organize interviews with relevant technical and marketing staff at these organisations. A target will be 25 interviews. Some of the companies will be UK-based and face-to-face interviews will be possible. Others will be based in the US, across Europe or in Asia, and telephone interviews will be required.
Key questions will be:
  • What services do you offer in these markets?
  • How do you market those services, and where are the gaps in your marketing that QA Media might be able to help with?
3. The intern will also be asked to organize interviews with c. 25 heads of software development at major retailing and healthcare companies, and again some of these can be face-to-face interviews, while others will be on the phone. The objective will be to find out about the information needs of these companies.
  • What technologies are these companies using for software development?
  • How can QA Media provide the information they want?
Skills or experience that would be useful for this internship - applications will be shortlisted against these criteria
  • A UCL Computer Science, Economics, Management Science or Physics student (essential)
  • The intern must have experience in the gathering and presentation of data
  • A student or recent graduate interested in a career in media/ publishing and/ or financial services or marketing
  • The ability to build a quick rapport with potential clients over the phone
  • Additional foreign language skills are a plus
Please note: If you are successful in being made an offer from the company for this internship, you will need to complete an Internship Agreement Letter and return this to UCL Careers before the internship starts.
Benefits and tangible skills/ experiences the intern will have at the end of the internship
The intern will produce a report that will be used to make important decisions about the future of our business. This will involve contact with senior business-people and decision-makers at a wide range of companies.
The intern will have day-to-day experience of working for a small, independent publishing company.
The intern can improve their confidence and ability to pick up the phone and gather information.
We hope to find an intern who enjoys working with us and with whom we can discuss future employment.
This opportunity is part of the UCL Careers Summer Internship Scheme. Part of the wage for the successful intern is provided by Santander Universities, but the successful intern will be paid the full amount through the host company's payroll as normal.

Note: By applying for this vacancy below, you confirm that you are a current UCL student, recent UCL graduate or member of UCL research staff only. You must submit a cover letter tailored specifically to this role as part of the application.

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