Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

At PressPad, we aim to connect young journalists with mentor-hosts who not only give them a place to stay, but also offer guidance and advice. Breaking into journalism can be very overwhelming and having an industry insider can help a young person trying to get to grips with challenges they will face in the workplace.

What are the requirements for interns?

Anybody with a work experience or internship placement in London, who is not from London, can apply to be a PressPad intern. All you have to do is provide official proof of your internship/work experience offer, provide a reference and fill out the application form.

Why does PressPad matter?

We started PressPad to make internships and work experience more affordable by finding journalists who had spare rooms and were willing to let people stay with them. As Sky Correspondent Lewis Goodall wrote in July following revelations of top BBC presenters’ salaries and the lack of diverse high earners in the industry, “diversity is about more than what you can see.” His article calls attention to what many of us know to be true: coming from a working class and poor economic background is a huge, unspoken disadvantage.

I want to be an intern. How do I apply?

Applications for our first summer pilot scheme are closed for now, but watch this space. We hope to be able to open it up for rolling applications in the near future. 

Why are PressPad UK mentors different?

You live with them! Mentors are beyond committed to helping bright, talented, intelligent people (that’s you!) find their feet- and they’ll be there for the odd after work drink and Saturday morning cups of tea as well. At PressPad, we aim to hook you up with a mentor who has a full understanding of the field of work you hope to enter. They can help you understand and overcome the challenges you face in the workplace, and provide impartial advice and understanding to help you succeed in your chosen field.

A mentor is not...

Your manager, lawyer, therapist, agent, maid, mother, best friend or personal chef. Interns are expected to be respectful of their time and space, and take good care of their personal belongings- they’ve all moved on (mostly) from being university students, so treat their houses and apartments as though you were staying with a friend, and not like your college dorm room!

What do mentors get out of this?

Good karma never hurt anybody, and helping a young person from a different background can only be a good thing. Maybe your intern lodger can finally help you understand Instagram, or learn something new about where they come from, or give you a new perspective on an old story. Hopefully, this change can then spill over into your newsrooms.

What are a mentor's responsibilities?

Basically it’s like having a respected guest in your house. Mentors need to make sure interns have their own room with clean sheets, a towel and there is a place for them to work, charge their phone etc. Interns need to have their own set of keys and access to all important WiFi.

What about food?

Mentors are not expected to provide interns with food during their stay. At a minimum, they must make sure there is space in the fridge for them to keep their own food.

What if something goes wrong?

We really hope that your time as a host/mentor/intern is incredible and you learn. However, we understand that sometimes things don’t work out like we would want them to. We are here to support mentors and mentees through the summer and help as much as we can.So if anything goes wrong please contact Olivia Crellin (olivia@presspad.co.uk) or Laura Garcia (laura@presspad.co.uk) as soon as you can. We will do our best to help sort out the situation.

What if I need extra support during my time as a host/intern?

We have put together a list of organisations that can help interns/hosts with all sorts of problems by providing counsel and advice. We’ve listed them all on this page. You can always contact us on Olivia Crellin (olivia@presspad.co.uk) or Laura Garcia (laura@presspad.co.uk).

I can't host someone, but I'm really interested in helping. What can I do?

We would love to hear from people who are interested in helping out. You can use the contact page to get in touch with ideas on how to collaborate, people we should be talking to, places we need to visit. You can also donate any amount to PressPad to help us cover running costs.