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14 Internships to Help You Kick Off Your Career

Calling all students and recent grads: Here are your foot-in-the-door internship opportunities

Looking to break into the media industry? Here are 14 awesome internships to make it happen. From media opportunities at the New York Public Library to a photojournalism fellowship in Arizona, we’ve got the gigs to get your foot in the door, fill your brain with real-world industry knowledge and set you up for a sweet career in media.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Since 1966, the Chronicle has remained the premiere source of news on the topic of higher education, pulling in more than one million readers every month. For its headquarters in Washington, DC, it’s currently on the hunt for fall interns.

1. Fall Editorial Intern
The Chronicle’s looking for an editorial intern to work as a full-time reporter in its newsroom. Gain real-world experience in this paid internship that runs from early September to mid-December; there’s a bit to prepare for with this application, so make sure you get started soon.
Apply to the Fall Editorial Internship

2. Marketing and Product Development Intern
In this six-month role, you’d be assisting with marketing initiatives and helping to grow its online community, among other responsibilities. If you’re looking to learn publication advertising and marketing as well as product development, this internship may be perfect for you.
Apply to the Marketing and Product Development Internship

The New York Public Library
With more 53 million books and other items throughout its NYC locations, the New York Public Library is the second largest public library system in the United States (just behind the slightly larger one in LA). It’s looking for several interns in varying media roles right now.

3. Summer Intern, Media Relations
The NYPL is seeking an enthusiastic summer intern to work with its media relations team, assisting with day-to-day activities such as covering documentary film shoots, planning and supporting media events, writing press releases, pitching stories and other related tasks.
Apply to the Media Relations Internship

4. Social Media Internship
The library’s Department of Communications and Marketing is looking for a social media intern to write and curate content for NYPL’s socials and blog, brainstorm content ideas and assist in communication emails. If you have a love for all things literary and an interest in being part of NYPL’s digital engagement program, check this out.
Apply to the Social Media Internship

5. Creative Services Summer Intern
In this internship you’d work alongside a team of designers, writers and video specialists on such tasks as planning photo shoots and events, as well as participating in publication and graphic design. You’re an ideal candidate if you have design or video production experience as well as knowledge of Photoshop and InDesign.
Apply to the Creative Services Internship

The Daily Dot
6. Ecommerce Content Intern
This large and growing digital publication covers the story of the 21st century: the Internet. Its revenue department is looking to hire an intern to contribute to its growing ecommerce initiative. In this paid, NYC–based role, you’d be identifying unique online deals and developing content in the Daily Dot brand voice to promote them, as well as other duties.
Apply to the Ecommerce Content Intern
7. Editorial Intern
Part of the News Corp. media empire, breaks news and offers sage advice for home buyers, sellers and owners. In this paid internship based in Santa Clara, California, you’d be writing video scripts, reaching out to Realtors for user-generated content, assisting on shoots, syndicating stories and managing content in WordPress.
Apply to the Editorial Internship

8. Editorial Internship
Maxim, the international men’s magazine, is looking for an editorial intern with a passion for writing to join its print team. In this NYC–based internship, you’d be working alongside editors and writers on all aspects of a story, from the initial research to the finished product.
Apply to the Editorial Internship

9. Photojournalist Intern PT
Known for its national brands such as Better Homes and Gardens and Shape, the Meredith Corporation also owns local 3TV and CBS 5 news stations in Phoenix, Arizona. In this paid internship at the stations, through the James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists, you’d be assigned a mentor who provides real-world knowledge of television news photojournalism, editing, sports and more.
Apply to the Photojournalist Internship
10. Press Intern
This non-profit political action committee takes on campaigns to push back against right-wing policies while pursuing economic, racial and social justice. As the November election nears, MoveOn is looking for a press intern to compile and track press coverage. This three-month paid internship and allows you to work from anywhere in the United States.
Apply to the Press Internship

11. Editorial Fellow Intern
Located in downtown New York, Heleo is a brand-new digital media startup focused on promoting thought leaders and their work and brands. In its paid fellowship, you’d be working alongside the editorial director to help grow its platform. If your training has been in more traditional journalism, this is the perfect opportunity to explore emerging facets of the media business.
Apply to the Editorial Fellowship

Melcher Media
12. Digital Intern
Calling all NYC–based coders! Melcher Media and the Future of StoryTelling—two companies who are reinventing the way stories are told—are on the hunt for a digital intern to aid in the effort of the official FoST Summit web app, among other tech-related tasks. This paid, three- to 12-month internship is a great opportunity to experience app production from concept to completion.
Apply to the Digital Internship

Accord Media
13. Beauty Ecommerce Intern
Truth in Aging—an online community where women objectively review, endorse and sell beauty products in its curated online store—is looking for an ecommerce associate intern to support its editorial teams. If you’re familiar with CMS, HTML, Photoshop and online writing, then this paid, NYC–based internship may be for you.
Apply to the Beauty Ecommerce Internship

Online Editorial Intern
14. The Hollywood Reporter
This weekly magazine and online publication—an entertainment industry bible—is now accepting applications for its paid summer 2016 editorial internship program. In this role, you’d be researching articles, writing and reporting assignments, assisting with awards show coverage as well as attending various red carpets, movie premieres and other industry events, among other tasks. And yes—it’s based in LA.
Apply to the Online Editorial Internship

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