Internships & Jobs

Development Director

In These Times, a national, nonprofit independent news magazine, seeks a Development Director to lead the organization’s fundraising efforts.

Reporting to and in partnership with the Editor & Publisher, the Development Director will spearhead the major gift, grant and sponsorship programs, oversee development support staff, and run special events.  

Founded in 1976, In These Times produces a monthly print magazine and daily website with the mission of advancing democracy and economic justice. We are a rapidly growing magazine that has defied the “death of print” by expanding circulation 50% in the past year. We’re looking for someone eager to work with a passionate, smart and dedicated staff to take the organization to the next level while never losing sight of the greater political mission.

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If you have a strong interest in progressive politics and independent publishing, and can work at least two days a week in our Chicago office, why not volunteer at In These Times?

Interns at In These Times gain insight into every step that goes into the production of an award-winning monthly magazine and website. Former In These Times interns have gone on to write for or work at The Nation, The Huffington Post, The American Prospect, Truthout, Buzzfeed, Salon, and many other publications.

All internship programs follow the dates below:

Application deadline is September 1 (but processed on a rolling basis)
Interviews conducted in August
Internship runs from late August/early September to December holidays (commensurate with Fall semesters)

Application deadline is November 19
Interviews conducted week before and week after Thanksgiving
Internship runs from early January to mid-May (commensurate with Spring semesters)

Application deadline is April 1 (but applicants are encouraged to submit materials by March 15, when we begin reviewing applications)
Interviews conducted the first week of April
Internship runs from late May to mid-August

(Note that start and end dates of the internship are flexible.)

All internships are currently unpaid at this time, but provide a thorough hands-on experience in learning how a growing independent publication works from every angle.


Our volunteer editorial interns help produce both In These Times and our website, Depending on experience, interns fact-check, proofread, research articles, find photos, prep stories for web, post to social media, blog and write. As much as possible, we tailor responsibilities according to the individual’s interests.

Responsibilities include:

  • Researching and fact-checking articles for In These Times and
  • Participating in submissions meetings
  • Writing blog posts
  • Writing regular features in the print magazine including “Act Now,” “Blueprints” and “Art Space” sections
  • Pitching longer stories for print or for, while receiving guidance from ITT editors in crafting pitches and pursuing story ideas
  • Producing stories for, including html formatting and photo research
  • Assisting the web editor in content promotion, social media and traffic-tracking duties

Since In These Times is a nonprofit magazine, all volunteers will very occasionally be asked to help with publishing and fundraising tasks.

Applicants should have a strong interest in politics and independent media. Previous editorial and/or web experience is a plus but is not required.

When applying, please indicate when you are able to start and when you would want your internship to end. (Note that start and end dates of the internship are flexible.)

Applicants should e-mail a cover letter and résumé to Joel Bleifuss ( , with the subject line EDITORIAL INTERNSHIP APPLICATION. Writing samples are encouraged, and these may be sent as attachments if they are in a .doc format.