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Company: The Nation Institute
Winter/Spring internships with The Nation mag
& The Nation Institute
New York, New York
Job Status:  Full-time
Salary:  Not Specified


For more than three decades The Nation Institute, in conjunction with The Nation magazine, has provided an internship program for early-career journalists interested in journalism and publishing.

Our internship program offers three internship sessions a year, with eleven internship positions available during each session:

Editorial Internships at The Nation:

Seven editorial interns experience a comprehensive immersion into The Nation and's editorial processes. These interns' primary responsibilities include fact-checking for the magazine and website, providing research support to Nation writers and editors, and assisting bloggers on Interns are not expected to arrive with fact-checking or digital media experience and will be extensively trained in those areas, though a familiarity with The Nation and the range of issues we cover is essential. These interns are based in the magazine's New York City offices.

Toward the end of each internship session, one exemplary intern will be asked to stay on for an additional session as the Harriet and Perry Grover Digital Intern. This intern, who is compensated at a higher rate, will deepen his or her engagement with The Nation and's editorial processes and build on skills learned during the editorial internship.

One additional editorial internship position is available in The Nation's Washington D.C. office. This intern works closely with the magazine's Washington reporters, researching and fact-checking, as well as attending press conferences and Congressional hearings.

Editorial Internships at The Nation Institute:

We also offer two internship positions at the non-profit Nation Institute.

One intern works primarily with Nation Books, a project of the Nation Institute and an imprint of the Perseus Books Group. The imprint's mission is to produce authoritative books that break new ground and shed light on current social and political issues. The intern will gain hands-on experience and learn many of the ins and outs of the publishing industry. Primary tasks include: reviewing book proposals, taking part in production meetings, providing editorial assistance, as well as assisting with social media and blogging.

The Don and Doris M. Shaffer Intern is dedicated to working with the Institute's Investigative Fund, assisting in the creation and distribution of long-form investigative pieces that appear in a wide variety of media outlets. This intern will conduct research for reporters and editors, do in-depth fact-checking, and assist with push-out on stories. The Shaffer internship is a more advanced assignment; it requires reporting, fact-checking, or research experience and is compensated at a higher rate.

Both of these interns also occasionally work on Institute-related projects and will be based at the Institute's New York City offices.

All interns participate in educational seminars with journalists, academics, and activists who come by our offices to speak to interns about their work. Recent guests have included Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, Nation Institute fellow Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Nation contributing editor Dana Goldstein, and senior editor of The Atlantic Ta-Nehisi Coates. Interns are encouraged to suggest people they would like to come in and speak with the group.

The internship is full time, five days a week. The Spring 2015 session begins January 6 and ends June 5 (though the exact end date is flexible), and the postmark deadline for applications is October 1. For more information, click here.

Qualifications: Applicants must have completed their junior year of college at a minimum. Graduates are eligible to apply.

Compensation and Credit: Interns are paid an hourly wage and provided an Unlimited Metrocard or equivalent reimbursement for interns who take other modes of transportation. Whenever possible, The Nation Institute will assist interns in arranging for academic or work-study credit. Housing and travel grants are available to those who need them in order to do the internship.

Application Procedure: Please send a cover letter indicating your interest in The Nation and The Nation Institute and describing your career goals. Candidates should indicate which internship position—The Nation in New York or D.C., Nation Books, or the Investigative Fund—they would like to be considered for in their cover letter, or indicate that they would like to be considered for multiple positions. In addition, include a resume, two letters of recommendation (at least one non-academic), and one writing sample. Letters may be mailed directly by recommenders, or may be included with the rest of your application materials. For writing samples, published clips are preferred, though academic papers and creative writing samples are acceptable (no longer than eight pages, please). Your application must be postmarked by the application deadline.

All application materials become the property of The Nation Institute. Please send your application to:

Kate Murphy
Internship Director
116 East 16th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Please address all queries to No phone calls, please.

The Nation Institute is an equal-opportunity employer.

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