Internships and Jobs

General Jobs/Internships Information

  • 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 (

  • 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

  • Jeff Gaulin maintains a good site for those looking for Canadian journalism jobs.

  • Nearly all of the weekly newspapers affiliated with the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies accept summer interns, although many of these newspaper internships do not pay. Still, students interested in the kind of opinionated, “alternative” journalism practiced at these papers are encouraged to write to editors and inquire about internships. These newspapers often have small staffs and are happy to have—and publish the writing of—eager summer interns. A list of these weeklies can be found at the AAN Web site.

  • 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

  • The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies lists job openings for its member newspapers.

  • For jobs in the magazine field, especially as an editor, designer, or publicist, see the jobs listing of, 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

Breaking news reporter at the Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Free Press is hiring a reporter to break news for digital audiences and deploy to the scene to cover stories as they develop via social media and mobile interaction. Along with breaking news, this reporter will develop enterprise reporting off the news, write narrative stories, and pursue larger projects alone and as part of a team.

We’ve always considered Detroit to be one of America’s great news towns. There are no shortages of stories to chase or conceive. Our ideal reporter has ideas about how to connect these breaking stories about crime, fires, traffic and notable news events to larger discussions about big issues: identity, poverty, Metro Detroit’s history and the future of our communities.

The breaking news reporter shoots and edits photos and videos and researches, reports and writes compelling stories to inform and engage readers. This reporter must be adept at growing a digital audience by producing reliable reports, frequent updates and exclusive details. In this position, you will also act as a public ambassador through community outreach, and will be expected to connect with readers – through social media, on camera and in person through live events.


· Bachelor’s in Communication, Journalism, or equivalent experience and education

· Previous reporting experience; even better if you’ve covered a breaking news or police beat

· Previous experience developing following around personal journalism through use of social media

· Proficiency on social media platforms; including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope and Snapchat

· Experience with shooting and editing photos and video on an iPhone

· Effective communicator; able to get along with diverse personalities

· Able to multi-task and excel under intense deadline pressure in a rapidly changing industry

· Knows how to use time efficiently in a 24-hour newsroom

· Works collaboratively within a cross-functional environment.

Read more and apply here. And Daniel Bethencourt ‘14 is currently a breaking news reporter at the Free Press. Anyone interested can contact him with questions at

Beat reporter at STAT: Reporting from the frontiers of health and medicine

STAT, a digital publication covering the frontiers of health and medicine, is looking for an energetic and hard-charging reporter to cover Kendall Square in Cambridge, the heart of the biotech industry. The ideal candidate will have experience as a beat reporter; a background in science or business journalism is desirable but not essential. The Kendall reporter will be responsible for writing frequent short takes for our website and our email newsletters: Pithy profiles, insider observations, and newsy scoops about the outsized personalities and up-and-coming companies based in Kendall. He or she will also have the opportunity to work on longer enterprise stories, but the heart of the job is producing crisp, colorful, quick-turnaround items. We expect this reporter to “own” Kendall Square and become a widely recognized must-read for everyone who lives or works there. STAT is a startup, so flexibility, team spirit, and a willingness to innovate are essential. Also essential: Fidelity to bedrock journalistic values and a commitment to excellence. STAT is affiliated with Boston Globe Media but is independent from The Boston Globe. You can see our work at Please submit your resume, cover letter, and up to eight clips to

Breaking news and general assignment reporter at Vox is a user’s guide to the news, helping readers make sense of everything from the Greek economic crisis to the 2016 election to Game of Thrones. We want to create the single best resource for news consumers anywhere. is starting a special news team focused on breaking news and general assignment coverage. We’re looking for enthusiastic, enterprising writers who can quickly shift among quick, engaging posts on unfolding news events and timely articles on interesting stories that aren’t yet making national headlines.

Speed, accuracy, and curiosity are essential. So is an understanding of how social media amplifies and advances news stories. You’ll need both an eye for aggregation and the ability to report out the big questions behind the day’s major news.

This job is a great opportunity for someone who’s a self-starter, wants to help shape news coverage, and has a deep interest in an array of topics, from politics to sports to pop culture.

We’re looking for someone with:

— A minimum of 1-3 years experience reporting professionally, preferably in daily news

— A passion for covering a wide range of news topics at a variety of lengths and formats

— The ability to find interesting, important stories before they hit the mainstream

— Strong news judgment

— Interest in experimenting with new story formats

— A fast news metabolism: you jump on news quickly and are always looking for the next big story

— Headline-writing magic

— Ability to write clean copy and turn around stories on a tight timeline

Read more and apply here.

Reporting internships at Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat, the national nonprofit education news organization covering local public schools, is seeking four motivated undergraduate or graduate students, to serve as summer reporting interns in Chalkbeat’s four bureaus. Our bureaus are located in New York City; Denver, Colo.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Indianapolis, Ind.

The 10-week paid internship will offer student journalists the opportunity to work alongside some of the nation’s top education journalists in a dynamic, rapidly growing organization.

Interns will have the opportunity to undertake daily education news assignments and to work on longer, enterprise stories. They will also be involved in boosting their bureau’s efforts to promote audience and readership growth, by, among other things, contributing to social media, and helping plan and execute community events designed to inform readers and facilitate dialogue.

Ideal candidates will demonstrate a passion for public policy and social issues journalism, strong reporting and writing skills, and comfort working in digital media. They will be mission-driven, entrepreneurial, creative, energetic, and tenacious reporters. Read more and apply here.

Full-time opportunities at Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat is hiring reporters to join teams in Denver and New York City. Send a resume, cover letter, and up to five clips to to apply. And, from Scott Elliott, Chalkbeat’s recruitment leader: “We’re planning to do more hiring in the future — of both reporters and editors, in our current locations and new ones that we’re planning now. You might suggest to people you know who could be interested that they bookmark our jobs page to stay on top of new openings, but if you want to get ahead of the curve, they can shoot me an email indicating interest.” Email him at

Call for Submissions By Black Writers: Cave Canem 20th Anniversary/Black History Month Spotlight (Jan. 25)

This February, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cave Canem and to recognize the 40th anniversary of the national observance of Black History Month, The Offing will spotlight work by Black writers in all departments.

Cave Canem was founded in 1996 by Toi Dericotte and Corneilus Eady “with the intuition that African American poets would benefit from having a place of their own in the literary landscape,” and has continued to provide artistic sustenance and support for hundreds of Black poets each year.

Black History Month was originally proposed by leaders of the Black United Students group at Kent State University in February 1969, observed for the first time the following year at the university, and recognized as an official United States holiday in 1976.

We seek works of poetry and prose from the myriad voices of the diaspora — and in particular from Cave Canem members — for our Fiction, Essay, Dead Letter Office, Wit’s End, You Are Here, Micro, Enumerate, and Insight departments. (Please note that the Poetry department is not accepting submissions for the spotlight issue.However, please consider submitting works of poetry to Micro (if very short), You Are Here (if about place), or Dead Letter Office (if epistolary-ish). When submitting, please mention in which department your submission would work best.

There is no fee for submission to the spotlight issue. You are welcome to submit more than one work, and you may submit to more than one department; simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please let us know immediately when if your submission is accepted elsewhere.

This special issue is being edited by senior editor Mahogany Browne with support from assistant poetry editor Luther Hughes; work will be selected and edited in collaboration with the magazine’s executive editors and department editors.

Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis; the deadline for submissions is Monday, January 25.

Work accepted for the spotlight be featured in February; however, any work submitted for consideration in this issue will also be considered for future publishing cycles.

Paul Block Journalism Internships (Feb. 2)

Yale College is pleased to offer the Paul Block Journalism Internships. Students will be selected for 10-week internships at one of two newspapers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Toledo Blade. Applicants must be Yale College students who will not have graduated before the internship begins. Internships will begin in June and run through August, and each will include a significant stipend.

Students will be paired with an editor who will have responsibility for assigning the student stories, editing the work, and offering mentorship throughout the summer. Students are expected to perform at a high level, meeting rigorous standards of reporting and writing on demanding deadlines. In return, students can expect to finish the summer with many professional clips and experience at a major newspaper. The sponsoring newspapers will assist each student in finding housing, if the student desires.

The Post-Gazette and the Blade are award-winning, family-owned newspapers, rarities in this world of corporate-owned newspapers, and they are highly respected within the profession.

Additionally, the editors at the Post-Gazette and the Blade have entered into cooperative relationships with the major daily papers in Milwaukee and Philadelphia, and positions may be available in these cities as well – pending funding.

Here is more information and a link to apply on Symplicity.

Paul Block Broadcast Television Internship (Feb. 2)

Yale College is pleased to offer this position as part of the Paul Block Journalism Internships. A selected student will be able to participate in this internship in Louisville, Kentucky and receive a $4,000 stipend. Internships will begin in June and run through August, and each will include a significant stipend. Students will have the opportunity to be housed for the summer at Bellarmine University along with other Yale students participating in the Bulldogs in the Bluegrass internship program. If you choose to opt into this housing, you will have to cover its cost.

WDRB-TV is searching for a self-motivated intern who has a passion for journalism. This internship offers the opportunity to learn about every aspect of broadcast and digital news by shadowing assignment editors, producers, reporters and photographers. Duties including writing and running teleprompter for live newscasts.

Candidate must be well versed in local, national and international news. With constant deadlines in a fast-paced environment, student must be confident and able to learn quickly. Previous broadcast classes/experience required.

Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships (Feb. 9)

Working journalists with less than 10 years of professional experience in print or online journalism are eligible to apply for the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. Applicants propose a one-year writing project on a topic of their choosing, focusing on journalism supportive of American culture and a free society. In addition, the program awards separate fellowships on the environment, on free enterprise and on law enforcement.

Launched in 1994, the Novak Fellowship Program offers full-time $50,000 fellowships and part-time $25,000 fellowships. The full-time fellowships include a $40,000 fellowship grant and up to $10,000 to reimburse expenses. The part-time fellowships comprise a $20,000 grant and up to $5,000 for expenses.   

A journalistic project funded under this program should be original and publishable. It will be delivered in four quarterly installments with the potential to be published sequentially in a periodical publication or all together as a book.

In addition to the funds set aside to reimburse the Fellow’s expenses - $10,000 for a full-time fellowship and $5,000 for a part-time fellowship - the fellowship grant will be paid in four increments to correspond with completion of the quarterly writing installments. More here.

The New York Observer editorial internship (Feb. 15)

The New York Observer is New York’s premiere weekly newspaper. For the past two decades, the salmon-colored paper has captured a loyal readership through its witty, irreverent, and opinionated coverage of New York politics, society, media, publishing, real estate, and arts and culture. Published every Wednesday, the newspaper’s editorial team is led by distinguished journalist Peter W. Kaplan.

The Observer’s website,, is updated throughout the day, with blogs on politics, culture, and real estate, as well as original reporting and analysis that consistently make national news.

The Observer‘s newsroom boasts a unique and tightly-knit culture that benefits from the energy and fearlessness of young reporters as well as from the experience and wisdom of editors. Interns are integrated into this environment, and into the weekly production cycle of the paper, where they have the opportunity to gain invaluable reporting and general newsroom experience. On deadline, interns are charged with fact-checking articles as they move from writer to editor to copy desk to production. Off deadline, interns are encouraged to become acquainted with editors and writers, get involved in longer-term projects, and do their own reporting and writing for the paper.


Because the internship is unpaid, interns must be eligible to receive academic credit for the internship. If you are in school, contact your career counselor for more information. In some cases, students who have just graduated may participate in a summer internship and still receive credit from their school.


Send the following to Jesse Wegman, Managing Editor, at, and write “Observer Internship Application” in the subject line.

1) resume (Word or PDF)

2) brief cover letter (Word or PDF)

3) 3 Clips (Word or PDF)

Read more here.

Popular Science summer internship (March 1)

Here at Popular Science, we love geeking out about breakthrough research, testing the latest tech gadgets, and finding compelling science angles on mainstream topics. And to help us in this epic (and fun!) quest, PopSci hires interns throughout the year. The position is full- (or almost full-) time for roughly 12 weeks, though we’re flexible on exact dates.

Primary duties encompass work for both the print magazine and That includes writing news stories, front-of-book pieces, sidebars, and blog posts as well as various researching and reporting projects. When time and resources allow, interns may also shoot and edit video, make animations, work on interactive graphics, do web production, help with social media, and more. More here.

POLITICO editorial internship (March 1)

POLITICO seeks exceptional college students/recent graduates for its year-round editorial internship program. Editorial interns will be involved in all aspects of content creation and production. Intern duties include research, reporting and editing.

Applicants should be political junkies with a can-do attitude. We want to see initiative, pluck and previous newsroom experience. Our interns are thrown a myriad of jobs, and we expect you to artfully balance them all. We need folks who work well under pressure, have an excellent sense of time management and know how to navigate a newsroom. You’ll be writing, editing and fact-checking across all platforms.

We welcome applicants who are recent graduates. Applicants who are still in school must, at least, be rising juniors.

To apply, please send a brief cover letter, résumé, five clips, and two letters of recommendation to, using this subject line: EDI0008. More here.

Editorial internship at 5280 [The Denver Magazine] (March 1)

5280 offers editorial internship positions in the summer, fall, and spring. Internships are hands-on and involve a variety of responsibilities as well as the opportunity to regularly interact with the editorial staff.

Primary duties include fact-checking stories, contributing research to larger stories and feature packages, and writing shorter stories for the front-of-the-book and dining sections. Interns also enter descriptions for the calendar and dining listings sections, and write for

As part of the program, interns will take part in training sessions and mentorship. Training sessions are run by editors and provide an overview of how the magazine works, from pitching to editing to art/design. The mentorship program pairs each intern with two editors, offering interns a chance to gain firsthand knowledge about a career in journalism.


Although a magazine, journalism, or English degree (or working toward a degree) is preferred, it’s not required. Published clips are required (college newspaper is OK). A commitment of three to four days a week is preferred. The internship is paid.


Email a cover letter, resumé, and three to five published clips to Please address how your life experiences have informed the way you approach journalism in your cover letter.

More here.

New York Magazine reporting-writing internship (March 15)

New York Media is pleased to offer a Junior Reporting-Writing Internship program. During the three-month program, interns will be responsible for identifying, researching, and reporting newsworthy stories for Daily Intelligencer, New York Magazine’s news website.

Ideal candidates have a good eye for the people, topics, and events worth covering right now; display a reporter’s instincts for finding and following the stories that matter; and write with originality and style. A journalism background is not required; an appetite for news and a voracious curiosity are.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, three writing samples, and answers to the application questions below to Full-time applicants are preferred, but part-time applicants will also be considered. Positions pay on an hourly basis at New York State minimum wage. More here.

The Nation summer internships (March 28)

For more than three decades The Nation Institute, in conjunction with The Nation magazine, has provided an internship program for early-career journalists interested in journalism and publishing. The Nation Institute, a nonprofit media center, has a dynamic range of programs, including a bestselling book publishing imprint, Nation Books; an award-winning Investigative Fund which supports investigative journalism; Journalism Fellowships that support established and emerging reporters; the website TomDispatch; prize programs to support whistleblowing, journalism, and social justice; and this internship program with The Nation magazine. More here.

THREAD at Yale (April 1 application deadline; program June 5-8)

After a successful inaugural year, THREAD at Yale is gathering another group to redefine storytelling. THREAD is a gathering of professional journalists and storytellers from print, video, audio, photography, and hybrid forms. At this program, a small group of storytellers will gather for three days and nights (June 5-8, 2016) to learn from masters in the field and from each other. Last year, participants learned from Steven Brill, Glynn Washington (Snap Judgment), Linda Gradstein (longtime NPR bureau chief in Jerusalem), Sarah Stillman (New Yorker writer and National Magazine Award winner), and many more. Apply by April 1st and join the THREAD at Yale mailing list here:

Voices for Biodiversity seeking editors

Voices for Biodiversity (V4B) is seeking virtual, volunteer Editors with prior editing and writing experience.  Responsibilities include managing a stable of writers, creating articles, copy editing, finding and editing article photos and maintaining an editorial database.  In addition, Editors will be expected to write articles and/or to blog occasionally for National Geographic News Watch representing Voices for Biodiversity and to write several blogs each year for the American Anthropological Association’s Huffington Post blog.  V4B is an online conservation media magazine that shares the stories of people from around the globe in order to help all species survive and thrive together.   In 2014 the American Anthropological Association awarded V4B the Anthropology in Media Award.  In 2015 the e-zine won the award for best website from New Mexico Press Women and the National Federation of Press Women.   Our e-zine can be found at:  Interested candidates should send resume and sample of work to   

Deseret News summer internships

The Deseret News in currently looking to fill seasonal internships for the Summer 2016 semester in the following departments:

• Mormon Times & Features: News and information for and about members of the LDS Church, plus general-interest arts, entertainment, lifestyles, home and garden, crafts, family issues, food and leisure. Work includes writing and managing online content. Full or part-time internships.

• Church News (an official publication of the LDS Church): news and information for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Full-time internships only.

• National: In-depth news and information for a national audience of people of all faiths. Write and sculpt long-form enterprise stories and short-form aggregated news analysis on one of six core issues: Family, Faith, Education, Media, Money or Care for the Poor. See Full-time internships only.

• News Division: Unique integrated newsroom for Deseret News, KSL-TV and KSL Radio. Reporting on various issues, including schools, politics, communities, police, courts, human services and general news stories. Writing for Deseret News, and with occasional opportunities available for broadcast reporting. Full-time internships only.

The pay rate is $10 an hour for both full and part-time internships. Most internships are full-time (40 hours a week); some 16 to 24-hour part-time internships may be available with the Mormon Times & Features department and may include flexibility to work around class schedules.

Internships typically start in May and end in August (in conjuction with school semester). A minimum of 12 weeks is expected. Interns will work with their supervising editors to determine exact starting and ending dates, and weekly work schedules. If time off during the semester is needed, that must be coordinated well in advance with the supervising editor.

Internship requirements:

• College sophomore or older

• B grade-point average or higher

• Complete an exercise that includes copy-editing test, current events quiz and writing exercise. This exercise will be given at the time of the interview or emailed to you ahead of time.

• Have a car to travel to assignments, and a have a phone number where you can be contacted during the internship.

• If hired, you must provide documentation to Human Resources that you are legally authorized to work in the United States.

To apply for an internship:

• Complete the online application

• Attach a resume AND cover letter

• Attach copies or links to published work to the online application. You may attach as many documents as you’d like. (Documents should be uploaded in the same section of the online application as your resume and cover letter.) These might not be returned. Class papers will not be accepted.

Apply here.

Science reporting intern, Nature

Nature’s news team is soliciting applications for its summer 2016 internship, a paid, full-time writing position based in our Washington DC offices. The internship runs for 6 months beginning in early July.

Our interns are treated like staff reporters. They travel for stories and write for both the website and print magazine. Top candidates will have a strong background in both science and journalism, and should demonstrate a desire to cover the process of science for an audience of researchers, administrators and decision makers. Past interns have gone on to staff positions at Chemical & Engineering News, Science News, Gizmodo and Nature.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three clips to US News Editor Matt Crenson at Put “internship application” in the subject line. The application deadline is 4 February. Applicants must have an existing right to live and work in the United States. More here.

Health care reporting opportunity

From Steve Brill:

I am in the midst of starting a new project that needs one or two reporters. It has to do with health care, in particular consumer reporting about health care. If you’re interested or know someone who is, please let me know.

Email Professor Brill at

BuzzFeed editorial opportunities

BuzzFeed has dozens of openings to join their newsroom staff in a variety of positions ranging from interns to editors. To learn more and see the full list of openings, please visit their website here.

Time Inc. summer internships

Time Inc. offers a number of summer internship opportunities that are customized for specific brands and roles across the company. All of our internship positions are paid. The program runs for 8-10 weeks. Want to join us? In your application, indicate the brand and role you consider your top choice. You can visit for more information. We require that applicants are pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. More here.

USA TODAY Newsroom Internships

USA TODAY is in search of a talented college student looking for an enriching paid internship. Come join USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Inc., a Fortune 500 global digital media company, for our Summer 2016 Intern Program. As part of the USA TODAY team, you will develop, integrate and apply skill sets and experiences in support of our newsroom team. The purpose of the internship experience is to provide opportunities where college (undergrad and grad) students can develop, grow and become the next generation of talent for USA TODAY. This program offers mentoring from those at the top of their game, networking and real-world experience in a fun, entrepreneurial atmosphere. As part of our team, you will work on meaningful and impactful projects, as well as enjoy peer-to-peer engagement while working on activities that promote professional development supplemental to the job. More here.

NBCUniversal media tech internships

NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks.

NBCUniversal’s internship opportunities give students real world experience and exposure to one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment. Internships are the perfect way to gain experience while learning what a career at NBCUniversal might hold in store for you. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Read more and apply here.

Vox Media positions in editorial, design, and business

We’re building great things, and we need your talent. You’ll join a family of focused, hard-working, creative and intelligent people who take pride in their work. Our team members have backgrounds in painting, journalism, business, English literature, sports marketing, advertising, photography, grassroots politics, blogging, soccer, sketch comedy—on top of our web design, software engineering, sales, and writing experience. More here.

Voices for Biodiversity Seeking Virtual Editors

Voices for Biodiversity (V4B) is seeking virtual, volunteer Editors with prior editing and writing experience.  Responsibilities include managing a stable of writers, creating articles, copy editing, finding and editing article photos and maintaining an editorial database.  In addition, Editors will be expected to write articles and/or to blog occasionally for National Geographic News Watch representing Voices for Biodiversity and to write several blogs each year for the American Anthropological Association’s Huffington Post blog.  V4B is an online conservation media magazine that shares the stories of people from around the globe in order to help all species survive and thrive together.   In 2014 the American Anthropological Association awarded V4B the Anthropology in Media Award.  In 2015 the e-zine won the award for best website from New Mexico Press Women and the National Federation of Press Women.   Our e-zine can be found at:  Interested candidates should send resume and sample of work to   

Wall Street Journal reporting positions

The Wall Street Journal is seeking journalists who can report on stocks, consumer products, currencies, cybersecurity, healthcare, and shadow banking.