Photography Internship

Posted On: July 18, 2017

Journalism Job

Media Organization: Observer

Company Description

Observer is a premier online editorial platform. For the past two decades, we have captured a loyal readership through witty, irreverent and opinionated coverage of national and local politics, society, technology and innovation, real estate, arts, culture and entertainment. Although the New York Observer has been discontinued as a print publication, its legacy endures through our digital platforms.

The Observer has published many of the nation’s top journalists, critics and essayists over the years, including Joe Conason, John Heilpern, Rex Reed, Andrew Sarris, Robert Gottlieb, Simon Doonan, Ron Rosenbaum, Frank DiGiacomo, Jim Windolf, Michael Lewis, Francine Prose, Philip Weiss, Joe Nocera, Susan Faludi, James Cramer, Peter Bogdanovich, Warren St. John, Jason Gay, Nick Paumgarten, Alex Kuczynski, A.J. Jacobs and David Foster Wallace. In the mid-1990s, The Observer published “Sex and the City,” Candace Bushnell’s column on Manhattan’s social life, on which the hit television series was based. is updated daily, with original reporting and analysis that consistently make national news; the newsroom also runs sites on politics, culture and real estate.

The Observer’s newsroom boasts a unique and tightly knit culture that benefits from both the energy and fearlessness of young reporters and as the experience and wisdom of editors. Interns are integrated into this environment, where they have the opportunity to gain invaluable reporting and general newsroom experience. Interns are charged with fact-checking articles as they move from writer to editor to copy desk to production. When not on deadline, interns are encouraged to become acquainted with editors and writers, get involved in longer-term projects, and do their own reporting and writing.

Observer runs three internship sessions a year: winter (early January through May), summer (June through August) and fall (early September through December).

Most interns work two to three days a week, but no fewer than two days a week. Many of our interns are published online, and some have continued to write for us after their internships have ended.

Observer also not infrequently hires from its pool of interns, present and past.

Job Description


Observer is currently seeking a photo intern, available two days a week. This internship will be a great opportunity to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment and to acquire some invaluable skills. The intern will work closely with the photo editor, creative director and production department, and job duties will include but are not limited to: photo research and acquisition, scanning, photo retouching and organization of photos for web and print publication. The ideal candidate will have a background in photography, strong organizational skills, and familiarity with Mac OS, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. We also send qualified interns on photo assignments—a great opportunity for a young photographer to get his or her work published and seen by a large readership. College credit is required.


To Apply


Send the following to and write “Observer Internship Application” in the subject line.

• Resume (Word or PDF)
• Brief cover letter, including a brief explanation of why you would like to write for the Observer. (Word or PDF)
• Three writing clips, preferably published, reported stories as opposed to papers or first-person essays (Word or PDF)

Sending applications by regular mail is not necessary. The deadlines are as follows: for the spring semester, December 6; for the summer, March 30; and for the fall, August 15. Thank you for your interest; we look forward to hearing from you.