Spring 2014 Editorial Internships with The Nation magazine and The Nation Institute

Posted On: September 17, 2013

Journalism Internship

Media Organization: The Nation Institute

Company Description

For more than three decades The Nation Institute, in conjunction with The Nation magazine, has provided an internship program for early-career journalists interested in journalism and publishing.

The Nation Institute, a nonprofit media center, has a dynamic range of programs, including a bestselling book publishing imprint, Nation Books; an award-winning Investigative Fund which supports investigative journalism; Journalism Fellowships that support established and emerging reporters; the website TomDispatch; prize programs to support whistleblowing, journalism, and social justice; and this internship program with The Nation magazine.

The Nation is America's oldest continuously published 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. Historic contributors include W.E.B. Dubois, Willa Cather, James Agee, Hannah Arendt, James Baldwin, Gore Vidal, Sylvia Plath, Martin Luther King Jr., Hunter S. Thompson, Lillian Hellman, Kurt Vonnegut, Edward Said, John Leonard, and Molly Ivins. The Nation's contemporary writers include Naomi Klein, Jeremy Scahill, John Nichols, Eric Foner, Patricia Williams, Katha Pollitt, Marilynne Robinson, William Deresiewicz, Eric Alterman, Walter Mosley, Ralph Nader, Melissa Harris-Perry, Christopher Hayes, Bill McKibben, Jessica Valenti, Dave Zirin, Katrina vanden Heuvel, and Calvin Trillin.

Job Description

For more than three decades The Nation Institute, in conjunction with The Nation magazine, has provided an internship program for early-career journalists interested in journalism and publishing.

Our internship program offers three internship sessions a year, with eleven internship positions available during each session:

Seven editorial interns experience a comprehensive immersion into The Nation and TheNation.com's editorial processes. These interns' primary responsibilities include fact-checking for the magazine and website, providing research support to Nation writers and editors, and assisting bloggers on TheNation.com. Interns are not expected to arrive with fact-checking or digital media experience and will be extensively trained in those areas, though a familiarity with The Nation and the range of issues we cover is essential. These interns are based in the magazine's New York City offices.

Toward the end of each internship session, one exemplary intern will be asked to stay on for an additional session as a digital intern in order to deepen his or her engagement with The Nation and TheNation.com's editorial processes and build on skills learned during the editorial internship.

One additional editorial internship position is available in The Nation's Washington D.C. office. This intern works closely with the magazine's Washington reporters, researching and fact-checking, as well as attending press conferences and Congressional hearings.

We also offer two internship positions at the non-profit Nation Institute. One intern works primarily with the Institute's progressive book imprint, Nation Books, reviewing book proposals, fact-checking, and conducting research, as well as assisting with social media and blogging. Another intern works with the Institute's Investigative Fund, fact-checking and conducting research, as well as assisting with outreach. Both of these interns also work on Institute-related projects and will be based at the Institute's New York City offices.

Candidates should indicate which internship position—The Nation in New York or D.C., or The Nation Institute—they would like to be considered for in their cover letter, or indicate that they would like to be considered for multiple positions.

All interns have the opportunity to write for TheNation.com and participate in educational seminars with journalists, academics, and activists.

The internship is full time, five days a week. The Spring 2014 session begins January 7 and ends June 6, and the postmark deadline for applications is October 7, 2013.

Compensation and credit: Interns are paid an hourly wage and provided an Unlimited Metrocard or equivalent reimbursement for interns who take other modes of transportation. Whenever possible, The Nation Institute will assist interns in arranging for academic or work-study credit. Housing and travel grants are available to those who need them in order to do the internship.

Qualifications: Applicants must have completed their junior year of college.

For more information, please see our website:http://www.nationinstitute.org/internships/1000/

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 resume, two letters of recommendation (at least one non-academic), and one writing sample. 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 your application to:

Kate Murphy
Internship Director
116 East 16th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Please address all queries to kate@thenation.com.

The Nation Institute is an equal-opportunity employer.