You must be a college junior, senior or graduate student enrolled in a degree program on November 5, 2012. You must have had at least one professional news media job or internship.
For the 2013 Summer Internship program, application materials must be postmarked no later than November 5, 2012.
Fill out the application form, print it out, sign it and mail it, using the instructions below.
Your Application Packet
You must sign and mail your application to The Washington Post to be considered for an internship.
HOW TO AVOID PROCESSING DELAYS
Clip, do not staple any of the materials you submit
Send all printed materials on 8½ x 11 paper
Do not send notebooks, presentation covers, or other fancy packaging
Please include the following in your packet--using one large binder clip--in the following order.
- Application packet checklist.
- Printed application form, completed and signed.
- Typed autobiographical essay of at least 500 words.
- Work samples:
- Reporters: No more than six clips, preferably photocopies on 8½ by 11 paper. Clear, concise, energetic writing is highly valued. Conventional coverage of news events should be demonstrated, but a higher value is placed upon enterprise reporting that shows creative, inventive, or investigative skills.
- Visual Journalists: For digital photographers, candidate must have proficiency in Photoshop CS, photo management software, and Mac and PC platforms. Application must include portfolio. For video, must have proficiency in all aspects of digital video/audio and editing software, including Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere. Experience with voice-over narration and HTML is helpful. Application must include video portfolio.
- Multiplatform Producers: The producer will be responsible for updating web or mobile site with fresh content and making sure article pages have critical web elements. We are looking for students with solid news judgment, the ability to write smart headlines and blurbs and experience at packaging web stories, photo galleries and videos. An ideal candidate also will be adept at analyzing traffic data and web trends, understand search engine optimization, be a quick and effective problem solver and be able to quickly learn to use new web publishing tools.
- News Designers will craft presentation of our content across platforms. Assignments will include design of National, World, Economy & Business and Metro pages in print, as well as related online content. Strong news judgment, photo and copy editing skills are required. Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, CSS and html skills are key. Please send 5 to 10 examples of print and/or digital design work. Samples may be printed or in PDF format. Links to Web design work are acceptable.
- Features Designers will conceptualize and produce presentations for print and online. Print design opportunities will include the daily Style section and the weekly Style & Arts, Health & Science, Local Living and Weekend sections. Designers often commission freelance illustration and collaborate with other editors to assign photography. Strong news judgment, photo and copy editing skills are required. Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, CSS and html skills are key. Please send 5 to 10 examples of print and/or digital design work. Samples may be printed or in PDF format. Links to Web design work are acceptable.
- Digital Designers: Our mission is to design highest-quality online and mobile news experiences that increase audience and generate conversation. From conceiving blog experiences to designing new innovative pages, this person will work closely with senior designers and editors to create advanced storytelling on washingtonpost.com. Experience with information architecture and user experience is required. The successful candidate will also be a strong visual designer, and should be proficient in HTML and CSS.
- Interactivity Producers: The producer will be responsible for encouraging reader conversations on, and contributions to, the web and mobile sites. We are looking for students who are interested in online community building and have demonstrated an understanding of collaborative journalism and social publishing models. An ideal candidate will be a quick study who can write engaging headlines and callouts, and moderate reader discussions. Willingness to learn to use web publishing tools required, some familiarity with HTML and presentation code preferred.
Two letters of recommendation written to The Selection Committee. If your references prefer, they may mail the letters of recommendation directly to the address below by the November postmark deadline. Please do not contact us to see whether a recommendation letter has been received. If there is a missing letter that we need to complete our decision, we will contact you.
When your application has been mailed, notify The Post that it is on its way.
The Washington Post
Attention: Newsroom Summer Internship Program
1150 15th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20071
For more information, contact:
Deputy Managing Editor
Application mailed? Notify The Post