Internships

EDI­TO­R­I­AL INTERNSHIPS

If you have a strong inter­est in pro­gres­sive pol­i­tics, inde­pen­dent pub­lish­ing and jour­nal­ism, we encour­age you to apply for an edi­to­r­i­al intern­ship with In These Times. For­mer In These Times interns have gone on to work at The Nation, The Huff­in­g­ton Post, The Amer­i­can Prospect, Truthout, Buz­zfeed, Salon, Rolling Stone, Inter­na­tion­al Busi­ness Times, In These Times and many oth­er pub­li­ca­tions.

Edi­to­r­i­al interns gain insight into all aspects of the pro­duc­tion process for an award-win­ning mag­a­zine, from pitch­ing sto­ry ideas to brain­storm­ing com­pelling head­lines to fact-check­ing every word we pub­lish. Each intern is also paired with an edi­tor men­tor, who pro­vides guid­ance in craft­ing per­sua­sive sto­ry pitch­es and revis­ing interns’ arti­cles. While the intern­ship is not writ­ing-inten­sive, every intern is expect­ed to have at least one byline by the end of their internship.

Please note that due to pre­cau­tions in response Covid-19, all intern­ships are ful­ly remote at this time, and our Chica­go office is cur­rent­ly closed. 

INTERN­SHIP DETAILS

Edi­to­r­i­al interns at In These Times gain foun­da­tion­al skills that pre­pare them for a career in jour­nal­ism, whether in an edi­to­r­i­al or report­ing capac­i­ty. Intern respon­si­bil­i­ties include:

  • Fact-check­ing: Interns learn our thor­ough fact-check­ing process, and help fact-check every arti­cle pub­lished by the mag­a­zine, both in print and online.
  • Research: Interns research his­tor­i­cal arti­cles, forth­com­ing books/​movies/​TV shows, cur­rent events and oth­er ad-hoc top­ics to help edi­tors envi­sion how In These Times might enter impor­tant polit­i­cal con­ver­sa­tions with unique angles. Interns also brain­storm and write copy for short depart­ments in the print mag­a­zine, such as By The Num­bers,” In Those Times” and This Month In Late Capitalism.”
  • Pitch­ing arti­cles: Interns pitch arti­cles to their edi­tor men­tors, learn­ing how to craft a com­pelling pitch, pur­sue a sto­ry idea and work with an edi­tor to revise the sto­ry. Each intern is expect­ed and encour­aged to pub­lish at least one full-length arti­cle by the end of their internship.
  • Web post­ing: Interns learn basic html for­mat­ting to post sto­ries to InThe​se​Times​.com. They also per­form pho­to research to find engag­ing images to accom­pa­ny web stories.
  • Proof­read­ing: Interns gain expe­ri­ence proof­read­ing arti­cles online and in print.
  • Head­lines meet­ings: Interns par­tic­i­pate in our print mag­a­zine meet­ings, help­ing edi­tors brain­storm eye-catch­ing headlines.
  • Pitch meet­ings: Interns mon­i­tor our unso­licit­ed sub­mis­sions email inbox, iden­ti­fy promis­ing sto­ry pitch­es, and advo­cate for those pitch­es at edi­to­r­i­al meetings.
  • Pro­fes­sion­al­ism and out­reach: Interns learn how to nav­i­gate a pro­fes­sion­al, col­lab­o­ra­tive office envi­ron­ment, in which they are in fre­quent com­mu­ni­ca­tion with edi­tors, publishing/​development staff and fel­low interns. They also learn to make phone calls and send emails to sources for fact-check­ing pur­pos­es, in a pro­fes­sion­al, respect­ful manner.
  • Time-man­age­ment and team­work: In These Times fos­ters a high­ly col­lab­o­ra­tive work envi­ron­ment, where edi­tors rely on each oth­er to keep the mag­a­zine pro­duc­tion mov­ing smooth­ly. Interns learn how to work togeth­er as a team to com­plete time-sen­si­tive assign­ments, respond to sud­den changes in the pro­duc­tion plan and com­mu­ni­cate with each oth­er and with edi­tors to meet our goals and deadlines.

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

Interns are pro­vid­ed a $1,440/month stipend dur­ing their intern­ships. Intern­ships typ­i­cal­ly run for a 3- or 4‑month peri­od. (See below for exter­nal schol­ar­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties.) Interns are required to work 4 days per week (work­ing 6 hours per day).

HOW TO APPLY


Appli­cants should have a strong inter­est in pro­gres­sive pol­i­tics, inde­pen­dent media and social jus­tice, and should have excel­lent atten­tion to detail.

Pre­vi­ous edi­to­r­i­al and/​or web expe­ri­ence is a plus but is not required.

We strong­ly encour­age appli­ca­tions from peo­ple of col­or, peo­ple from work­ing-class back­grounds, women, LGBTQ peo­ple, and oth­ers belong­ing to mar­gin­al­ized com­mu­ni­ties, who are still severe­ly under­rep­re­sent­ed in the field of jour­nal­ism and media.

When apply­ing, please indi­cate when you are able to start and when you would want your intern­ship to end, as well as what days per week you are inter­est­ed in work­ing. (Note that start and end dates of the intern­ship are flex­i­ble, as are the days of the week you’d like to come into the office.)

To apply, please email a cov­er let­ter, résumé, and at least one writ­ing sam­ple to Diana Babineau (internships@​inthesetimes.​com), with the sub­ject line EDI­TO­R­I­AL INTERN­SHIP APPLI­CA­TION. Please send all appli­ca­tion mate­ri­als in a sin­gle doc­u­ment, in .doc or .docx for­mat. See below for appli­ca­tion dead­lines.

APPLI­CA­TION DEAD­LINES


While we adhere to the dead­lines below, appli­ca­tions for intern­ships can be made at any time. Interns are accept­ed on a rolling basis. Start and end dates are flex­i­ble.

Sum­mer Internships:

  • Pri­or­i­ty appli­ca­tion dead­line: April 15
  • Inter­views con­duct­ed in late April/​early May
  • Intern­ship typ­i­cal­ly runs from May/​June to September

Fall Intern­ships

  • Pri­or­i­ty appli­ca­tion dead­line: July 15
  • Inter­views con­duct­ed in August
  • Intern­ship typ­i­cal­ly runs from late August/​early Sep­tem­ber to Decem­ber hol­i­days (com­men­su­rate with Fall semesters)

Winter/​Spring Internships

  • Pri­or­i­ty appli­ca­tion dead­line is Octo­ber 15
  • Inter­views con­duct­ed in late October/​early November
  • Intern­ship typ­i­cal­ly runs from late December/​early Jan­u­ary to May (com­men­su­rate with Spring semesters)