LIONS Intern

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We're looking for a Intern to join the LIONS brand for a three month “Creativity in Business” programme at our London offices.

Our internship programme provides a platform for learning, growth and exposure to the business of creativity, laying the foundations for an informed, sustainable career in the creative industries and build your CV. You will also be eligible to join us at Cannes Lion Festival 2023. 

Your role: As an intern, you'll spend 4 weeks in each of our core departments - Sales, Marketing and Content. We break our business into 3 pillars - community, learning and benchmark and you'll get to learn about each of these as part of your experience. During the experience, you’ll also work on a live project brief which will be presented to the LIONS leadership team at the end of the rotation. 

  • Community: Our community experiences - online (LIONS Live) and offline (Festivals) - and partnership programmes, are the definitive place for the global creative community to come together to collaborate, partner & celebrate creativity that drives progress. During this rotation you’ll work hand in hand with our sales, marketing, and content teams to learn how we create and deliver community experiences. 
  • Learning: Our learning programmes aimed at individuals, and advisory services aimed at organisations - accelerate excellence by building creative capabilities, leadership and processes through the best experts and work in the world. 
  • Benchmark: Our awards - including Cannes Lions’ - are the undisputed benchmark for creative excellence and effectiveness, enabling those in the business of creativity to understand best practice and gain the confidence to aim higher by seeing what's creatively possible.


During this internship you will also have the opportunity to: 

  • Shadow live client calls and understand global account management 
  • Understand the different product sets within LIONS and what it takes to build a global brand 
  • Meet and work with a wide range of individuals across our Community pillar 
  • Develop and write your own product strategy 
  • Brainstorm marketing and communications plans 
  • Work on a holistic internship project to be presented at the end of your rotation 
  • Present and pitch your ideas to LIONS executives


At the end of your internship, we hope you’ll gain: 

  • A macro understanding of the marketing & advertising industry 
  • Exposure to core functions of a global business, with a focus on creativity 
  • Inspiration & networking to equip you for a career in the creative industry



  • You do not require previous experience, and we welcome recent graduates and/or those interested in a career change. All we ask is that candidates show a dedicated & demonstrated interest in the field of creativity. 
  • Interest in advertising, marketing, and communications 
  • Problem solving, leadership, motivated, team player, organised 


Who are we? 

The LIONS brand is probably most synonymous with Cannes Lions, The International Festival of Creativity, the definitive meeting place for the global creative communications and advertising community. It’s five days of inspiration, aspiration, unlimited magic and potential. The Festival has been championing creative excellence since 1954 with the goal of providing a global destination and the definitive benchmark for creativity that drives progress.

LIONS is going through an exciting time as it’s recently repositioned as The Home of Creativity, supporting those in the business of creativity at every step of their journeys with an extended portfolio of new advisory, learning and intelligence services. Our purpose is to drive progress through creativity for an incredibly diverse and talented global creative community.

You will join a team of change makers. The team’s purpose is to champion change to create the most powerful global creative community and drive growth for the brand.

LIONS is an Ascential company. Ascential delivers specialist information, analytics and ecommerce optimisation platforms to the world's leading consumer brands and their ecosystems. We help our customers to make smart decisions that improve performance now, and in the future.

With more than 2,500 employees across five continents, we combine local expertise with a global footprint for clients in over 120 countries. Ascential is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Why choose us?

At Ascential, diversity, equity and inclusion is core to us. We’re a company built around our people - and we’re committed to supporting each and every one of them to be the best they can be. We love having a diverse team of people who bring new ideas and different strengths and perspectives to Ascential. Our employee-led networks, Ascential Pride, Black in Business and EmPower: An Ascential Women's Initiative, help us to create a place where communities and allies can connect and share experiences. In addition, our Early Talent programmes help grow and foster diverse new talent for our sectors. 

We are committed to supporting the environment and sustainability, including ensuring our pension plan defaults to sustainable options and striving to be net zero by 2030. 

Recognising great performance is a key part of our culture. Our Awards schemes recognise and reward the brilliant achievements of our people. 

We have a truly flexible working environment with a wide range of flexible, hybrid and agile-working arrangements. Conversations about flexible working have always been - and will continue to be - actively encouraged here.

Our benefits and wellbeing package offers flexible benefits you can tailor to your own personal needs, including: 

  • 25 days of holiday per year  - with an option to buy/ sell upto 5 days
  • Pension, Life Assurance and Income Protection
  • Flexible benefits platform with options including Private Medical, Dental Insurance, Critical Illness and the Ascential Shares Scheme
  • Employee assistance programme, season ticket loans and cycle to work scheme
  • Volunteering opportunities and charitable giving options
  • Great learning and development opportunities.


We want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to perform their best when interviewing, so if you require any reasonable adjustments that would make you more comfortable during the process, please let us know so that we can do our best to support you.

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