Internships

EDITORIAL INTERNSHIPS

***ALL INTERNS AT OBSERVER MEDIA MUST EARN ACADEMIC CREDIT***

 NEW YORK OBSERVER

The New York Observer is New York’s premier weekly newspaper. For the past two decades, the paper has captured a loyal readership through its witty, irreverent and opinionated coverage of New York politics, society, media, publishing, real estate, and arts and culture. The newspaper is published every Wednesday by an editorial team led by Ken Kurson.

The Observer has published many of the nation’s top journalists, critics and essayists over the years, including Joe Conason, John Heilpern, Rex Reed, Andrew Sarris, Robert Gottlieb, Simon Doonan, Ron Rosenbaum, Frank DiGiacomo, Jim Windolf, Michael Lewis, Francine Prose, Philip Weiss, Joe Nocera, Susan Faludi, James Cramer, Peter Bogdanovich, Warren St. John, Jason Gay, Nick Paumgarten, Alex Kuczynski, A.J. Jacobs and David Foster Wallace. In the mid-1990s, The Observer published “Sex and the City,” Candace Bushnell’s column on Manhattan’s social life, on which the hit television series was based.

The Observer’s website, Observer.com, is updated throughout the day, with original reporting and analysis that consistently make national news; the newsroom also runs sites on politics, culture and real estate.

The Observer’s newsroom boasts a unique and tightly knit culture that benefits from both the energy and fearlessness of young reporters and as the experience and wisdom of editors. Interns are integrated into this environment and into the weekly production cycle of the paper, where they have the opportunity to gain invaluable reporting and general newsroom experience. When the paper is on deadline, interns are charged with fact-checking articles as they move from writer to editor to copy desk to production. When not on deadline, interns are encouraged to become acquainted with editors and writers, get involved in longer-term projects, and do their own reporting and writing for the paper.

The Observer runs three internship sessions a year: winter (early January through May), summer (late May through August) and fall (early September through December).

Most summer interns work five days a week, while fall and spring interns work as their schedule allows, but no fewer than two days a week. Many of our interns are published in the paper and/or online, and some have continued to write for us after their internships have ended.

The Observer also not infrequently hires from its pool of interns, present and past.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Because the internship is unpaid, interns must be eligible to receive academic credit for the internship. If you are a student, contact your career counselor for more information. In some cases, students who have just graduated may participate in a summer internship and still receive credit from their school. The internship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. All interns are expected to have had at least one previous journalism internship.

HOW TO APPLY

Send the following to NYOInternships@observer.com and write “Observer Internship Application” in the subject line.

  • résumé (Word or PDF)
  • brief cover letter, including a brief explanation of why you would like to write for The Observer. (Word or PDF)
  • three writing clips, preferably reported stories as opposed to papers or first-person essays (Word or PDF)

Sending applications by regular mail is not necessary. The deadlines are as follows: for the spring semester, December 20; for the summer, March 30; and for the fall, September 1. Thank you for your interest; we look forward to hearing from you.

MORTGAGE OBSERVER & COMMERCIAL OBSERVER

Mortgage Observer, a monthly magazine covering the commercial real estate finance industry, and Commercial Observer, a weekly newspaper covering the commercial real estate industry, are looking for interns. Candidates should be persistent, curious and knowledgeable about finance or commercial real estate.

Duties would include writing and reporting for both the web and in print, compiling slide shows, research and some administrative tasks. It would be great to find someone comfortable taking photos, but a general willingness to learn and ask questions are key.


PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNSHIPS

The New York Observer is currently seeking a photo intern, available two days a week (Mondays and Tuesdays). This internship will be a great opportunity to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven newspaper environment and to acquire some invaluable skills. The intern will work closely with the photo editor, creative director and production department, and job duties will include but are not limited to: photo research and acquisition, scanning, photo retouching and organization of photos for publication. The ideal candidate will have a background in photography, strong organizational skills, and familiarity with Mac operating systems, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Word and Excel. We also send qualified interns on photo assignments—a great opportunity for a young photographer to get his or her work published and seen by a large readership. College credit is required.

Please e-mail a cover letter, résumé and photo portfolio (if available) to photos@observer.com.

DESIGN INTERNSHIPS

The New York Observer is seeking interns for fall, summer and spring.  The ideal candidate should be proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite, with strong skills in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Interest in typography and conceptual imaging skills are a must, as is the ability to conduct art research in a timely manner. Experience in visual journalism and editorial layout are also preferred.
Interns will assist the art department with daily research and production responsibilities. Candidates must be organized, detail-oriented and have the ability to multitask in a high-stress, fast-paced work environment. Interns must reside in the greater New York City area and be able to work part time during the academic semester. This internship is unpaid and college credit is required.
Please e-mail a cover letter, résumé and portfolio to artdept@observer.com.


DIGITAL MEDIA INTERNSHIPS

Observer.com hires digital interns on a semesterly basis in the fall, spring and summer. Current openings include a position with our audience development team, reporting to the audience development manager. Former interns have gone on to be hired full time at The Observer, as well as at The New York TimesNew York magazine, The New Republic and many other publications.

Position: Online media intern
Commitment: At least one full day (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) per week
Compensation: College credit required

Responsibilities will include:
- Assisting with management of The Observer’s social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, etc.
– Helping to design and execute promotional events and giveaways that will increase readership and brand awareness.
– Creating lists of media outlets to pitch and helping to craft pitches.
– Managing site traffic data and formatting it into easily digestible reports.
– Updating site elements, including but not limited to related links, slide shows and story tags.

Note: This is not an editorial internship. Interns will not be given reporting assignments. However, there will be plenty of opportunities for creative thinking and copywriting.

Qualifications:
- Eligible for college credit.
– Ability to spend at least one full day per week at our Manhattan office, though there may be opportunities to do some work remotely.
– Passion for online media, business development and New York City.
– Basic understanding of HTML and Google Analytics are useful but not required.
– Willingness to learn quickly.
– Desire to take on responsibility and provide creative suggestions.
– Experience in media/online business preferred but not required.

To apply, email résumé and brief cover letter to sdevlin@observer.com with subject line “Internship.”


MARKETING & EVENTS INTERNSHIPS

Are you interested in working at the hippest, smartest and undeniably best-written weekly newspaper in Manhattan? Here is your chance! The New York Observer is seeking an intelligent, highly motivated and energetic individual as an intern during winter break and/or spring semester. This is an amazing opportunity for those majoring in media, sales or marketing to get hands-on professional experience, build your résumé AND receive college credit. Although the internship is unpaid, you will have the opportunity to work with the marketing director in day-to-day activities. Responsibilities include preparation for sales calls, basic administrative duties, assisting with events, coordinating mailings and other various tasks associated with our weekly newspaper. The New York Observer offers a fun and fast-paced environment with flexible hours that can work around your class schedule. Please send your résumé to ObserverIntern@gmail.com. Thank you for your interest.

ADVERTISING SALES INTERNSHIPS

The Observer Media Group is seeking advertising and sales interns to work under the vice president of sales. Day-to-day tasks include help with creating marketing materials for sales calls, creating insertion orders for new advertisement placements in both print and digital properties, and organizing contracts, archives, accounts and contact information, along with the assisting in Observer events. This is a wonderful opportunity for a college or graduate student to immerse him- or herself in the day-to-day operations of the sales team at the Observer Media Group. The intern will work closely with all members of the sales and marketing team and learn the everyday duties associated with the business.

Please send résumés to salesinterns@observer.com

LEGAL ADVERTISING INTERNSHIPS (marketing and sales support)

The New York Observer, a weekly newspaper, is fully qualified to carry legal notices. We also reach an audience that is attractive to larger law firms in the city.

To provide good customer service and increase sales, the department is looking for a part-time intern for the following and more:
– Provide sales support
– Work with sales rep to create marketing materials and letters for designated categories
– Research companies and law firms that are in need of legal publication
– Research current court clerks and judges
– Update databases as needed
– Look into partnerships and other ways to increase awareness of NYO

In addition, as a small company, past interns have been able to gain experience in other areas as well based on their skills and interests. Please contact Danielle at dmowery@observer.com