Most summer internships and jobs in journalism are not posted online or in internship books; they are the result of unique arrangements made between interested students and editors. For help in finding the best possible internship to match a student’s interests, and for assistance in arranging such internships and applying for funding to help make them possible, Yale Journalism Scholars should write to the Initiative’s coordinator, Mark Oppenheimer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Yale students looking for jobs and internships may wish to consult with Yale’s Office of Career Strategy.
Many Yale alumni have expressed an interest in speaking with students about careers in journalism. Their names and contact information are available through the Association of Yale Alumni.
Meanwhile, many summer journalism internships that are posted can be found at an excellent Web site maintained by New York University. The journalism school at the University of California at Berkeley also has an excellent jobs site.
More internships for college students are listed on the web site of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
Students looking for international reporting opportunities can find English-language newspapers all over the world by consulting www.thepaperboy.com.
Jeff Gaulin maintains a good site for those looking for Canadian journalism jobs.
Ed2010 is an internet message board where young editors and writers in New York post rumors of job openings and publications looking for interns.
Students who write for The Yale Daily News may apply for internships through the OCD (“Oldest College Daily” board) by writing to John Zucker ’76.
For jobs after graduation in the newspaper field, the best web site is JournalismJobs.com.
For jobs in the magazine field, especially as an editor, designer, or publicist, see the jobs listing of MediaBistro.com, a Web site that also offers online classes and networking opportunities for freelancers:
Many magazines list job openings on their web site. These include National Journal and Mother Jones. Most small newspapers, too, will be happy to have a poorly paid summer intern to help cover local news. If there’s some town you’d like to get to know better, write to the news editor of its local newspaper and offer your services for the summer. The smaller the town (and its newspaper), the better your odds for success. For general knowledge of the newspaper field, it’s useful to know the omnibus web site of the Poynter Institute.
Current Internships & Jobs
Opening for Editor at The New Yorker
Condé Nast seeks an editor for a staff position at newyorker.com. The editor’s function is to assign and edit posts for the Currency blog by New Yorker staff writers and freelancers. More here.
Staff Editor, New York Times: London and Hong Kong
The New York Times has openings for a staff editor in London and a staff editor in Hong Kong. Editors in these positions will handle news copy and perform basic digital production for content aimed at the daytime audiences in those regions. There may also be advance editing of enterprise content for the New York daytime audience, and editing for print production of the International New York Times. Candidates must already be eligible to work in the United Kingdom or in Hong Kong. They must have at least five years of experience editing copy for a daily news operation, and must pass editing tests administered by The Times. Candidates should have a sound understanding of journalistic practices and ethics. They must be proficient in grammar and usage, understand the application of house style, have a strong grasp of current events, be able to identify material that may need to be checked for accuracy and know how to make the checks, and demonstrate creativity in the writing of headlines and other display type. They should know how to fix a troubled story with skill and diplomacy, with no damage to the writer’s voice. And they should have a solid grasp of S.E.O. and social media principles and opportunities as applied to daily journalism. Candidates should send a resume and references to email@example.com, with LONDON or HONG KONG in the subject line.
BuzzFeed Washington DC reporter
The reporter, who will cover broader news coverage, must have the demonstrated ability to find and break news — whether on a focused government beat or around campaign politics. This reporter should have fantastic news judgment and a real enthusiasm for causing trouble. He or she should also understand both how politics works and how campaign politics will translate into government in 2017.
Our goal each day is to produce excellent news that is well-reported, crisp, accurate, and substantial. We don’t simply want coverage of press conferences and news of the day, but rather a reporter who will dig in to find compelling stories with impact. Apply here.
BuzzFeed Los Angeles reporter
BuzzFeed News is seeking a general assignment reporter for its Global Breaking News desk. The reporter should be a news hound who is curious, aggressive, knows how to write stories that people want to read and share and eager to beat the competition for scoops. An interest in and experience with news video is a plus. This job is based in our Los Angeles office and the hours are 2-10 pm. Sunday - Thursday. Apply here.
Features writer, The New York Post
Calling all pop culture junkies! The New York Post Features Department is looking for a full-time writer who is tapped into movies, TV, music, fashion, food and more. The candidate will write fresh and compelling lifestyle and entertainment stories that tap into the zeitgeist, both for the web and print. Apply here.
Investigative reporter, ACLU Foundation of Texas
The Investigative Reporter is a new position on the ACLU of Texas staff, funded entirely by a grant from a national foundation, in support of an ongoing project to illuminate injustice, specifically along the Texas-Mexico border. This position is intended to augment and enrich the multi-layered programmatic efforts of ACLU of Texas staff and that of our partner organizations in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. This position will use data-based research, digital and social media communications and personal interviews with Valley residents - as well as various elected and appointed officials - to tell the story of border militarization and its impact on the lives of all people living along the southern border. Using the skills of investigative journalism, strategic partnerships, and an approachable social media presence, the goals include: creating reports that show the extraordinary power of an immigrant community; capturing the true definition of border security; documenting cases of abuse of residents by federal, state and local law enforcement; and helping reframe the border-militarization story within the national dialogue about policing reform. The reporting will provide the opportunity for community engagement, establish the need for accountability and reform, educate and inform policymakers and other opinion leaders, allies, and the general public, and use the courts where appropriate. It will provide a foundation for advocacy for the implementation of best policing practices and robust oversight measures for law enforcement agencies operating along the border. The Investigative Reporter reports directly to the Deputy Director. This is a two-year position whose continuation will depend on renewed funding. More here.
Research Assistant at Dow Jones
Barron’s Magazine (Dow Jones & Co) has an immediate opening for a full-time researcher/fact checker in NYC. Responsibilities include web and database research, compilation of spreadsheets and fact checking. Applicants must be college graduates, knowledgeable of the Internet and Excel. More here.