Posted On: February 4, 2011

Journalism Internship

Media Organization: The Nation magazine

Company Description

The Nation is America's oldest weekly magazine and the most widely read journal of opinion. Founded by antislavery abolitionists in 1865, The Nation is a journal of politics, culture, books and the arts. James Baldwin, Ralph Nader, and Hunter S. Thompson published their first pieces in The Nation, while other historic contributors have included Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Kurt Vonnegut, Emma Goldman, and Arthur Miller. The Nation's contemporary writers include Naomi Klein, Gore Vidal, William Greider, Barbara Ehrenreich, Walter Mosley, Katha Pollitt, Bill Moyers, Patricia Williams, Eric Alterman, Katrina vanden Heuvel, and Calvin Trillin, while the Books & the Arts section features vibrant reviews of books and films, as well as poems and interviews.

The Nation Institute, a nonprofit media center, is dedicated to extending the reach of progressive values and strengthening the independent press. We seek to illuminate and shape the debate on urgent social and political issues. Our dynamic range of programs include a bestselling book publishing imprint, Nation Books; an award-winning Investigative Fund which supports groundbreaking investigative journalism; Journalism Fellowships that support a range of established and emerging reporters every year; an internship program at The Nation magazine; the widely read and syndicated website TomDispatch; prize programs to support whistleblowing, journalism, and social justice; and nationally televised town hall meetings and debates.

Job Description

For more than three decades The Nation Institute, in conjunction with The Nation magazine, has provided an internship program for college students and recent graduates interested in magazine journalism and publishing.

Our internship program offers seven editorial interns a comprehensive submersion into the magazine's editorial process. These interns' primary responsibilities are fact checking and research. Two additional interns work as web editorial interns. Candidates interested in this internship should indicate that in their cover letter and tell us about their experience with web production and social media. We also offer the Spira Lopez internship, a position for qualified Hispanic or Latino candidates.

All interns have the opportunity to write for; participate in career seminars with journalists, politicians, and activists; in addition to performing administrative work.

The internship is full time, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., five days a week. The Summer 2011 session begins June 7 and ends August 19, and the deadline for postmarked applications is March 1, 2011. There are nine intern positions (including two web interns and the Spira Lopez intern). There is a $150/week stipend.

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Qualifications: Applicants must have completed their junior year of college. Each applicant will be evaluated on the basis of his or her cover letter, résumé, recommendations, and writing samples. International applicants are welcome to apply.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter indicating your interest in The Nation and The Nation Institute and describing your career goals. In addition, include a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and two writing samples. Published clips are preferred, though academic papers and creative writing samples are acceptable (no longer than eight pages, please). Your application must be postmarked by the application deadline.

All application materials become the property of The Nation Institute. Please send the above material and address all inquiries to:

Kate Murphy
Internship Program Director
116 E. 16th St., 8th Floor
New York, NY, 10003

Please address all queries to

The Nation Institute is an equal opportunity employer.