Monday, November 28, 2011

Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era summer internships

The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era offers paid reporting internships during the summer months.

Interns work full time as part of the newspaper's regular staff to cover news events and write stories at the direction of editors.

To qualify, a candidate must:
  • Be a college student and have completed by the summer at least their sophomore year, but not be a graduating senior.
  • Have demonstrated an interest in journalism through significant college course work, writing for a student newspaper, and/or paid or volunteer work that required writing.
  • Have a willingness to work nights and weekends.
  • Have a driver's license and use of a car. 
  • Have a place to live in the Lancaster area.
The deadline for application is December 8, 2011.

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the internship, a resume and several writing examples to:
John Cassidy, assistant news editor
Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
8 W. King St., P.O. Box 1328
Lancaster, PA 17608
A face-to-face interview is required.

Contact Mr. Cassidy at (717) 481-6116 Tuesdays through Fridays after 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Philadelphia City Paper Spring 2012 A&E Internship

Interested in expanding your portfolio, improving your writing skills and gaining invaluable experience outside your college paper? The Philadelphia City Paper is searching for ambitious, dedicated, creative, witty writers who want to make an impact at Philadelphia's premier alternative publication.

The City Paper is currently accepting applications for Spring 2012 intern positions. This internship requires a familiarity with the Philadelphia area and an interest in contemporary arts and culture. Primary responsibilities include keeping up with weekly beats for their listings database and writing weekly entertainment-oriented pieces for their paper and A&E blog, Critical Mass. Interns typically put in anywhere from 10 to 20 hours per week (scheduling is flexible)

Other duties include:
  • Pitching/writing short pieces for the weekly agenda/arts sections
  • Pitching/writing features for the arts, music and food sections
  • Pitching/writing content for various blogs
  • Fact checking
  • Proofreading blog posts
  • Developing and pitching your own story ideas 
Participants should preferably be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, but recent graduates may also apply. All majors are welcome, but candidates with a background in journalism, communication or English have a leg up. The City Paper is more than willing to work with your school in regards to college credit. All internships are unpaid; they are flexible about when you can start and end, but preference will be given to those who can begin early-January and stay through the May.

To apply, email a cover letter, résumé and three relevant clips (no more, no less) to the address listed below. Also, include when you can begin and end. No phone calls, please. Act fast, because these positions don't stay open for long.


Josh Middleton
Associate Editor
Philadelphia City Paper
123 Chestnut St., Third Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106

E-mail: josh.middleton[at]citypaper[dot]net

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Philadelphia City Paper Spring 2012 News Internship

The (Philadelphia) City Paper is currently seeking qualified applicants for their Spring 2012 news internship.

Responsibilities: News interns are responsible for keeping up with local news, coming up with original, timely and interesting story pitches, and contributing weekly content, whether online or in print.

Other duties may include:
  • Fact-checking
  • Blogging
  • Assisting in research
  • Attending/reporting on local meetings and events
  • Attending news meetings
Typically, interns put in 10 to 20 hours per week. However, schedules can be flexible.

Opportunity: The City Paper wants their interns to be passionate about news, serious about journalism, and ready to pound pavement in search of topnotch stories. In return, they offer the opportunity not only to produce original published work, but also to work alongside an award-winning news team dedicated to producing the highest-quality journalism in Philadelphia. You may be asked to participate in group projects and investigations; you may help develop a recurring web feature; you may stumble on a terrific story — and, if you do, the City Paper will help you report it. Many former news interns have become regular City Paper contributors.

Requirements: News interns must be self-motivated, hardworking, and (this is important) willing to spend a significant amount time outside the office working on stories. Blogging experience is a plus. Knowledge of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and politics is helpful. Writing and basic reporting skills are essential, and applicants must submit three writing samples, preferably published news pieces, that demonstrate an ability to tell a story that doesn't read like a press release and that is actually, genuinely surprising in some way. If you don't have such a clip, walk out the door, find a story, and write it up!

Students and recent graduates are welcome to apply. These internships are unpaid, but we will be happy to work with your college if internship credits are available. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and your three best writing samples to Samantha[at] with “INTERNSHIP” in the subject line.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A.V. Club Philadelphia internships

The A.V. Club: Philadelphia has need of interns for the winter and spring. Go here for more information about this great opportunity.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Smithsonian magazine internships

A six-month, full-time, paid, writing internship is available at Smithsonian magazine in Washington, D.C., beginning in January and July each year. The job involves writing, blogging and producing multimedia for the magazine's Web site and writing for the print magazine's "Around the Mall" department. Candidates should have a proven aptitude for writing and Web-journalism skills. A recent undergraduate or graduate degree is a must.
Go here for more information.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Professional Writing Alumni Panel

Four alumni of the Professional Writing (PW) program participated in this semester’s WRI 380 Professional Seminar panel on Friday, October 28, 2011. Professional Seminar, taught by Dr. Elaine Reed, comprises seniors  who are interning; other audience members were students in the program’s gateway course, WRI 100 (Contemporary Issues in Professional Writing), taught by Dr. Tony Bleach.

Matthew Reichl (mreichl[at]

Matthew Reichl, a spring 2007 PW grad with a minor in political science, is editor of the Boyertown Area Times. He also does correspondent work for the Associated Press as the Lehigh County elections stringer. Working for Journal Register Company and Berks-Mont Newspapers, he has worked as editor for several publications since 2007, including Boyertown Area Times, Kutztown Area Patriot and Hamburg Area Item. In the last two months, he has headed the conversion from Quark paginating systems to Adobe InDesign and InCopy as well as SaxoTech as a MediaWare center under Project Thunderdome within Berks-Mont Newspapers as designated “SuperUser.” Before working for Journal Register Company, he was employed by East Penn Press as an associate editor in Allentown.

Rebecca Moulder (rmoulder[at]

Rebecca Moulder, a fall 2006 PW graduate who minored in public relations, is a medical writer and editor of Health Device Alerts for ECRI Institute, a non-profit Healthcare research agency in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. Her efforts researching, writing, and editing articles about medical device recalls, field corrections, and safety notices help to improve patient care at hospitals and healthcare facilities. The articles are posted to an online database that is used by approximately 2,500 hospitals and healthcare systems worldwide. Rebecca also writes hazard and special reports regarding potential problems, such as surgical fires and radiation overdose, that may affect hospitals. While at KU, Rebecca served as the layout design editor for Shoofly Literary Magazine and as a reporter and copy & line editor for The Keystone newspaper. Following graduation, Rebecca worked as a part-time reporter for The Reading Eagle’s Weekend and Entertainment sections. She plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from Chestnut Hill College beginning in January.

Emily Hammel-Shaver (ehammelshaver[at]

Emily Hammel-Shaver graduated in spring 2008 with a B.A. in Professional Writing and a minor in Public Relations.  While at KU, she co-founded and was a managing editor of Shoofly Literary Magazine.  Emily completed five undergraduate internships at sites ranging from a PR agency with national clientele to a local weekly newspaper.  For three of her Professional Semester internship credits, Emily worked for the Professional Writing Program, designing and major-authoring the program's "Yellow Book," a guide to internships and senior year for PW students.  After graduation, Emily worked for a year as a marketing assistant for an executive search firm in Allentown, Pa., while pursuing some freelance work in research and editing.  Since Oct. 2009, Emily has handled the marketing for a high-end custom cabinetry company in Perkasie, Pa., where she in charge of the development, writing, and design of the company's marketing materials and communications.   

Megan Dubrowski (mdubrowski19[at]

Megan Dubrowski earned a B.A. in English/Professional Writing in spring 2006. While at KU, she served on the staff of The Keystone newspaper for two years, one of which she was the news editor. Megan did her internship at Hart Sharp Video, an independent film company in NYC, where she supported the marketing team with content development. After graduation, Megan worked for slightly less than a year as an editorial assistant for the publishing company Pearson Education, and then pursued an opportunity with Johnson & Johnson as a communications specialist. After that, she spent several years in various roles with MWW Group, a public relations agency based in NYC. Since March 2011, Megan has been working as a senior associate of corporate communications at KPMG LLP the U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm – and member of the “Big Four” – that operates from 87 offices with more than 23,000 employees and partners throughout the U.S. She supports both internal and external communications teams in building firm presence among key audiences; participates in executing internal and external communications initiatives and programs; uses multiple communications skills, techniques, and media to influence the firm’s key stakeholders to foster and support positive impressions of the firm; works with firm and functional leadership to help implement the strategic internal and external communications program that supports the firm in achieving its goals; and assists in development of editorial resources including newsletters, internal articles, memos, press releases, and media advisories.