Editorial Internships

Posted On: October 1, 2010

Journalism Internship


Company Description

For more than a century Citizens Union has worked to ensure local and state government values its citizens, addresses critical issues and operates in a fair, open and fiscally sound manner. Citizens Union Foundation, the nonprofit research and education organization affiliated with Citizens Union, monitors the deliberations and actions of government, conducts research and analyzes the impact of proposed public policy. Believing an informed and engaged citizenry is the cornerstone of good government, Citizens Union Foundation publishes, an award-winning web site covering the issues facing New York.

Job Description is an online publication about New York City policy and politics. It is published each weekday by the Citizens Union Foundation of the City of New York, a good-government group. Gotham Gazette includes a daily digest of news about New York City, as well as original articles on issues and links and reference information for people interested in New York City. This fall, we will also be launching a new site on money in politics funded by the Knight Foundation. To view the site, go to

Gotham Gazette has won a number of other awards, including 2003 and 2009 Online Journalism Awards for general excellence given by the Online News Association and an award from the New York Press Club for its issue-oriented reporting on the Bloomberg administration.

We offer a practical work environment to learn about journalism – particularly online journalism -- policy and politics.

• Writing, editing, research, interviewing and phone skills.
• Basic computer proficiency.
• Interest in New York City politics, policy and civic life.

Editorial interns do a variety of tasks involved in publishing Gotham Gazette and maintaining the website. These include some or all of the following:

• Cover public events and forums, including meetings of the New York City Council and its committees, public policy discussions and speeches
• Write articles
• Research articles and material for the web site, including links and articles archives
• Input data on campaign contributions and the like
• Provide entries for our blog, "The Wonkster"
• Provide research assistance to Gotham Gazette staff
• Update events calendar listings
• Proofread.

During the academic year, interns generally work 16 to 20 hours per week during normal business hours. We would expect you to stay a minimum of three months (or a semester) and can work with your academic institution regarding receiving credit. We do not pay interns.

To Apply

Please submit your application with a cover letter (in the text of your email) and writing sample as well as your resume. Let us know about what you would be interested in doing with us, when you hope to start and how much time you can spend with us.