Deadline: October 7, 2020

Applications are open for the Washington Post Newsroom Summer Internship Program 2021. The Washington Post invites college junior, senior or graduate student to come be a reporter, photographer, videographer, multiplatform editor or producer, news or digital designer, graphics reporter or developer, social media producers and audio producers.

Interns report and write articles, edit copy, take photographs, shoot and edit video, create graphics and design on multiple platforms. Washington Post interns have gone on to win Pulitzer Prizes, and in the case of Leonard Downie Jr., to become executive editor.

The Post was founded in 1877 and owned by the Meyer-Graham family from 1933 to 2013, when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought the company. The Post has won more than 60 Pulitizer Prizes and has more than tripled its digital audience since Bezos bought it.

Internship Roles

  • Reporters: Clear, concise, energetic writing is highly valued. Conventional coverage of news events should be demonstrated, but a higher value is placed upon enterprise reporting that shows creative, inventive or investigative skills. Writing for the web is also highly valued.
  • Visual Journalists: For digital photographers, candidates must be proficient in Photoshop CS, photo management software, and Mac and PC platforms. Your application must include a portfolio. Videographers must be proficient in all aspects of digital video/audio and editing software, including Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere. Experience with voiceover narration and HTML is helpful.
  • Multiplatform Editors: Successful editors must be able to edit for multiple platforms, writing headlines that are tailored for print and digital audiences. Editors must also have a keen understanding of style, grammar and sentence structure, and must be able to edit for clarity.
  • Multiplatform Producers: The producer will be responsible for updating the web and mobile sites with fresh content and making sure article pages have critical web elements. They are looking for interns with solid news judgment, the ability to write smart headlines and blurbs and experience at packaging web stories, photo galleries and videos.
  • News and Digital Designers: The designers craft the visual presentations of WP’s content across platforms. They are looking for interns capable of creating innovative storytelling presentations and then tailoring them to all of their platforms.
  • Graphics Reporters and Developers: The graphics reporters and developers tell visual stories and present data on the web. A candidate should be able to utilize the entire storytelling toolbox — writing, reporting, charting, coding, mapping and data visualization — and know how to weave it all together to tell engaging stories. The candidate will create, or assist in creating, news applications such as data-driven maps, databases, social media apps, widgets and mobile tools that will either stand alone or be paired with other digital content.
  • Audience Producers: The producers on this team expand the reach of our storytelling and engagement with their journalism. They are looking for students who obsessively find ways to connect stories with readers. For instance, you may be a social media editor using Instagram Stories to break news, a newsletter writer responsible for a weekly email breaking down the biggest story, or a digital editor crafting the perfect web headline.
  • Audio Producers: The producer helps record, write and edit audio stories for long-form and short-form podcasts, and works collaboratively with reporters and editors to find and bring to life Post reporting. The ideal candidate has a background in sound design, audio production or both.

Benefits

  • Internship is a paid position. For summer 2020, the salary was USD $750 per week.

Eligibility

  • You must be a college junior, senior or graduate student enrolled in a degree program by the application deadline date.
  • You must have had at least one professional news media job or internship.

Application

Complete the online application in modern browsers such Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari. Please attach all relevant materials, including résumé, work samples and autobiographical essay. All work submitted must be in English.

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