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RA Magazine Intern

Royal Academy of Arts
Art Museums and Institutions, Art Publishing
   Location: London
   Salary: £18,200
Experience: Junior Level
  Organisation: Royal Academy of Arts
Deadline: 16/04/2019

Paid internship with the Royal Academy of Arts Magazine
Full-time for 12 weeks (May 2019 – August 2019)


About the Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) is one of the UK’s foremost arts institutions, whose purpose is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists. Our public programme promotes the creation, study and enjoyment of art to a wide range of audiences through exhibitions, education and debate.

Last year we unveiled our expanded campus in the heart of Piccadilly, in celebration of our 250th anniversary. A major building project has completely refurbished one part of the campus and linked our two main buildings, Burlington House and 6, Burlington Gardens, through a scheme architected by David Chipperfield RA.

RA Magazine

RA Magazine is published quarterly in association with the Royal Academy of Arts in London and distributed to the 100,000 Friends of the RA. We have a print run of 100,000 and sell the additional 10,000 copies of the magazine on newsstands and by subscription, making us one of the largest art magazines in circulation in the UK and Europe.

We cover art, architecture, books and events at the Royal Academy – as well as those across Britain and abroad – that might interest our readership, which is made up of arts enthusiasts as well as experts. Former contributors include Hilary Spurling, Jenny Uglow, Eric Hobsbawm, Orlando Figes, AC Grayling, Andrew Marr, Peter Conrad, Fiona Maddocks, Martin Gayford, Sarah Dunant and Max Hastings.

Given the prestige of the magazine and its print run, the editorial team is surprisingly small, so this placement offers a rare chance to be an integral part of the magazine-making process, from start to finish. RA Magazine is based at the Royal Academy of Arts offices in Burlington Gardens.

The role

The intern will assist the editorial team of RA Magazine, consisting of the Editor and Deputy Editor, as well as freelancers.

We are looking for bright, motivated and resourceful candidates who are eager to gain experience working in art magazine publishing.

A willingness to learn and muck in, excellent attention to detail, a professional and friendly telephone and email manner along with a highly-organised and pragmatic approach to tasks are essential. Candidates should also have a demonstrable interest in journalism and knowledge of visual art.

The RA provides a half-price discount at the RA restaurant (not between 12-2pm), half-price at the cafe and 20% discount at the RA Shop. Other benefits include free access to all RA Exhibitions and free entry to many exhibitions in major London galleries.

Skills and experience that you need

  • Interest in journalism
  • Knowledge and enthusiasm for visual art
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent telephone and email manner
  • Good computer skills, ideally on a Mac
  • Good knowledge of Twitter
  • Professional but friendly nature
  • Aptitude with MS Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as databases

Skills you can develop

Writing, knowledge of magazine publishing, social media, picture research, subediting, proofreading, fact-checking, art criticism



DEPARTMENT: Publications Department, RAE

REPORTS TO: Deputy Editor, RA Magazine

Main objective

To assist the editorial team in delivering the RA Magazine on time to a high quality and to agreed budgets.

Main Duties

  1. To research exhibitions and other events for editorial coverage, primarily by managing the databases (Exhibition Calendar, the Google Calendar of private views, and creating a weekly blog list).
  2. To assist in the production process of the magazine, including arranging weekly meetings with the editorial team to discuss progress and track the development of articles using the production grid.
  3. To call in press releases, high-resolution images and other material from press offices and make job bags for the subeditor.
  4. To lead on the magazine’s social media presence, including scheduling 5-10 tweets a day in the @RA_Mag account.
  5. To lead on collating and uploading the magazine’s monthly ‘RA Recommends’ blog using the RA’s Content Management System.
  6. To undertake any general administration (transcribing interviews, taking meeting minutes, collecting post, filing).
  7. To research and fact-check magazine articles as required.
  8. To assist in proofreading the Listings pages of the magazine.
  9. To administrate the invoicing process (coding, copying, logging and filing), and chase contributors for invoices when need be.
  10. To act as picture researcher in consultation with the team. If a fee applies, manage the procurement and copyright in consultation with the team about the magazine budget.
  11. To represent the magazine outside the Academy at press conferences and private views.
  12. To undertake any other duty which may reasonably be allocated by the Deputy Editor or Editor of RA Magazine, the Head of Publishing, Operations or any other senior officer at the RA.


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – first- class written and oral skills, attention to detail, patience, tact and a confident manner
  • Demonstrable aptitude with MS Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint and experience of databases and data management
  • Good team player – willingness to work closely with colleagues in providing a high-quality service
  • Proactive in approach and resourceful
  • An exceptional work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile and take pride in output
  • An interest in visual arts and an understanding of the work and objectives of the Royal Academy of Arts


Interviews will take place: Thursday 25 April 2019
Internship start date: Tuesday 28 May 2019

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