Editorial Internship

Posted On: November 16, 2017

Journalism Internship

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.

Job Description

Observer.com 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: spring (early January through May), summer (June through August) and fall (early September through December).

Most interns work 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.

To Apply

Send the following to dsilver@observer.com 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)