Launched in 2012, Sparknews is a social start-up that was created by Christian de Boisredon (Ashoka Fellow). Our aim is to scale up the impact of innovative social and environmental projects around the world, by working with leading media, social entrepreneurs and innovators, and the corporate world.
3 main activities:
SOURCING innovative projects from all over the world that have a high social and environmental impact and developing expertise in these sectors.
SHARING these solutions in companies during conferences and forums and with the widest audience possible via large scale media operations:
Impact Journalism Day, with 55+ leading media in 50+ countries that publish supplements on the same day, together reaching over 120 million readers (Le Figaro, Asahi Shimbun, The Straits Times, USA today, Al Hayat, La Presse, Le Soir...).
Solutions&Co, with 20+ business newspapers worldwide (Les Echos, De Tijd, Handelsblatt, Kommersant, Financial Times...). In 2015 Solutions&Co focused on business solutions for climate, with 20 media partners publishing a dedicated supplement in November to coincide with the warm-up to COP21.
ASSISTING companies in their social innovation strategy – for example through conferences, consultancy missions, seminars, dedicated projects and our Positive Innovation Club.
Main missions for the intern
Identifying innovative projects from around the world and collecting information about these projects
Writing and proofreading communications materials in English (web content and social media posts, newsletters, short articles...)
Interviewing leaders of innovative projects based around the world
Managing complex documents and databases
Assisting with other duties as assigned
Qualities and skills required
English native speaker essential, ability to speak and write in French highly desirable
Excellent writing and proofreading skills
Ability to translate from French to English desirable
Precision and strong attention to detail
Good research skills
Ability to work independently as well as in a team, with good people skills
Strong interest in our key themes: media, innovation, social entrepreneurship, environment
Ability to multi-task and take initiative
Background: Political science, journalism, communication (“Convention de stage” is obligatory)
Location: Paris 9e
Starting date: March 2016
Remuneration: € 554 per month + 50% of transportation costs