Monday, December 5, 2011

Editorial Internships, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Washington, D.C.

About Editorial Internships

The Chronicle of Higher Education offers three internship sessions each year: winter/spring, summer, and fall.

The paper is currently seeking interns for the summer 2012 session, which will begin in June. The Chronicle is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to maintaining a diverse work force.

The internships are full-time in our Washington, D.C., office and will last through August. In addition to a $500 weekly stipend, academic credit can often be arranged.

Three interns will be hired; we are looking for both undergraduates and recent graduates.
In addition, The Chronicle is offering a Diversity Internship to give current undergraduates and recent college graduates the opportunity to gain professional experience at the No. 1 source for news about higher education. The program aims to help bring greater diversity to the field of journalism by reaching out to students who are members of minority groups underrepresented in the industry. Applicants for this internship must have a strong interest in pursuing a career in journalism, and should note on their cover letter that they are applying for The Chronicle of Higher Education's Diversity Internship.

All the interns will have the same primary responsibilities: reporting and writing daily news articles for The Chronicle's Web site (which often appear subsequently in print), writing news articles for other sections of the newspaper, blogging, and doing research for special projects. There is very little grunt work. Interns who prove themselves as reporters and writers are often asked to write full-length features.

The Chronicle places a premium on reporting that is accurate and writing that shines. All writing, including that done by staff reporters, is carefully edited. Interns typically leave with a set of strong, varied clips.

Requirements: Experience writing for publication, either at a student newspaper or a professional publication, is required. Candidates with previous internships and deadline-reporting experience are preferred. Candidates must be able to legally work in the United States and to stay through the term of the internship. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2012. Applications that are late, e-mailed, or faxed will not be considered.

Applications should include a cover letter; a résumé with telephone, e-mail, and postal contact information; and a maximum of five varied and impressive clips. Clips should include dates and publication names. Please be sure type is large enough to read. Send applications to:

Sarah Henderson
Internship Coordinator
The Chronicle of Higher Education
1255 23rd Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037


Semifinalists are generally called within three weeks of the application deadline, and all applicants are notified by postcard when the search is completed, usually within seven weeks. Candidates who are concerned about whether their application was received should use a mailing service that offers delivery confirmation. Because of the volume of applications, we cannot be expected to respond to individual status requests.

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