Ever fantasize about a job where you eat your way around Shanghai and write about it? Then the Shanghaiist food internship is for you!
Internship position: Food intern
Shanghaiist is seeking interns with a keen interest in eating, food writing, reporting, social media. In addition the reporting and editing skills required to be a regular intern, you must possess a basic understanding of food/restaurants, a worldly outlook, and an eagerness to try new foods.
• Fluent English (no exceptions)
• All the qualifications of a regular intern. See here.
• Preferably have lived in Shanghai for a while, or at least long enough to be fairly tapped into the food scene and culture (if you run a food blog, that’s even better). We want to be more “meta” and less “fresh-off-the-plane.” If you’re perplexed by chopsticks or amazed that they serve fried rice at KFC, this probably isn’t for you.
• Adventuresome palate. You obviously don’t need to be willing to cram home a durian stuffed with embryonic duck eggs, but be tolerant of bones, heads, skin, etc. No vegetarians, people with serious food allergies, or strict diets.
• Research and field reporting capabilities. Be able/willing to utilize both human and internet sources – food blogs, other publications, dianping etc, – to research topics, get the inside scoop on restaurants you’re reviewing, keep tabs on the food scene, and more.
• People skills. Ability to talk casually to chefs, restaurant owners, and other food figures so you can squeeze vital info out of them. Same applies to email.
• Ability to pitch interesting, original, and timely story ideas.
• Collecting intel on and covering food events, gossip, and restaurant openings/closings
• Writing weekly reviews and food articles
• Pitching story ideas
• Arranging and conducting interviews through Facetime, Skype, email, telephone, and in person
• Building chef and restaurant owner contacts via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc..
• Maintaining the Shanghaiist events calendar
• All the rewards of a regular intern and way more.
• Everybody from insurance salesmen to your ayi has a food blog nowadays. Shanghaiist gives you the opportunity to be a bonafide food critic writing for an official publication that has over a million visitors a month.
• Try foods and dishes you’d probably never eat ordinarily
• Graduate with a portfolio of bylines that will aid in future employment in food writing
• Become knowledgeable about different cuisines, cultures, culinary histories, the inner-workings of restaurants.
• You get to work with Ben Cost (booya)
To apply, send an e-mail containing your resume to us at [email protected].
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].