Online Reporting Intern
Seeking to jump-start your career in progressive journalism with an internship heavy on research, training, writing, and fun? This may be the place for you. Application deadline is July 2 for internships starting in August.
YES! Magazine’s two online reporting interns collaborate with the web editor and web managing editor to assist with all aspects of reporting, writing, editing, and posting articles for yesmagazine.org. Interns can expect to leave the program with a wide range of marketable skills in online journalism and publishing.
If you are seeking a career in web journalism and are interested in issues like social justice, environmentalism, and sustainable economic development, then this may be the internship for you.
What we offer:
Online interns receive training and guidance in all the essential skills of web journalism, including contacting sources, conducting interviews, organizing information, writing articles on deadline, fact-checking, headline writing, search-engine optimization, and uploading text and multimedia into our content management system.
Since we expect each intern to develop their own reporting beat, we spend a considerable amount of time helping them visualize the arc of their beats, cultivate sources, seek out the most interesting stories, and deliver them.
In order to facilitate the rapid acquisition of these skills, we stop the presses on Friday afternoons for our "J-School Boot Camp," in which editors use various textbooks and articles to teach essential journalism skills—as well as awareness of emerging issues in the online media. We'll cover traditional journalistic skills like interviewing and structuring a story, as well as analysis of the funniest viral trends and story packaging on the Internet. (And just because it's school doesn't mean it can't happen outside by the garden with beer.)
Interns are key members of the online team, and active participants in regular strategy-building meetings. They are invited to attend and contribute to organizational board meetings and all-staff retreats. We place a high value on their input and seek out their advice.
Although interns are unpaid, the organization supplies housing in a five-bedroom house near the office. Past interns have said that communal living helped them build friendships and encouraged exploration in the Seattle area (check out the photos below to get a sense of what life on Bainbridge Island has to offer).
We also offer a stipend for health insurance, or will pay for part of an intern's current health insurance coverage for the duration of the internship.
What we ask:
This internship requires an in-office time commitment of 30 hours per week for a duration of six months. This duration makes sure that there's enough time for you to build skills to a point of fluency and then write a number of strong stories.
Because this is a small team, this program requires interns to take substantial responsibility for writing and producing stories. Interns on the team will be assigned a beat and will be expected to complete a number of stories each month. Click here or here for some examples of writing by current interns on this team.
Most successful applicants have a BA in journalism or a related field, although this is not required.
- Cover a beat through cultivation of sources, newswires, and other methods.
- Participate in weekly "game plan" meetings and in "J-School Boot Camp" trainings.
- File stories regularly in a given beat.
- Upload and manage website content, including text, video, and photos.
- Fact-check and research information on an ongoing basis.
- Contribute to the development of infographics.
- Carry out other projects as assigned by the editors.
- The ability to research, interview, and write on a tight deadline, preferably demonstrated by past experience.
- A passion for the topics we cover, including social justice, environmental news, and alternative models of economic development.
- An interest in being a key member of a small team in a fast-paced environment.
- An interest in thinking through problems and developing solutions.
- A sense of humor.
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, two writing samples, and two references to internships [at] yesmagazine.org with “Online Reporting Internship” in the subject field. Deadline for fall internships is Wednesday, July 2.
Six months in the Pacific Northwest
Bainbridge Island is a 30-minute ferry ride from Seattle. The island location—a picturesque town in proximity to a big city—offers the best of both worlds: Bainbridge's gardens, trails, cafes, and great outdoor activities; and nearby Seattle's culture, nightlife, activism, and pretty much anything else you're looking for.
Interns often take weekend and holiday trips to the easily accessible mountains, rainforest, and wild coast of the Olympic Peninsula; the dramatic Alpine peaks and lakes of the Cascade range; Victoria and Vancouver Island and the laidback San Juan Islands; as well as nearby cities like Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, B.C.
Find out more: read about our current interns.