IMPORTANT NOTE: Internships are unpaid, therefore interns must be eligible to receive academic credit for their 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. Internships are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. All interns are expected to have had at least one previous journalism internship.
Observer is a premier online editorial platform. For the past two decades, we have captured a loyal readership through witty, irreverent and opinionated coverage of national and local politics, society, technology and innovation, real estate, arts, culture and entertainment. Although the New York Observer has been discontinued as a print publication, its legacy endures through our digital platforms.
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.
Observer.com is updated daily, 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, where they have the opportunity to gain invaluable reporting and general newsroom experience. 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.
Observer runs three internship sessions a year: winter (early January through May), summer (June through August) and fall (early September through December).
Most interns work two to three days a week, but no fewer than two days a week. Many of our interns are published online, and some have continued to write for us after their internships have ended.
Observer also not infrequently hires from its pool of interns, present and past.
HOW TO APPLY:
Send the following to ObserverInternships@observer.com and write “Observer Internship Application” in the subject line.
• Resume (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 published, 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 6; for the summer, March 30; and for the fall, August 15. Thank you for your interest; we look forward to hearing from you.
Observer is currently seeking a photo intern, available two days a week. This internship will be a great opportunity to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven 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 web and print publication. The ideal candidate will have a background in photography, strong organizational skills, and familiarity with Mac OS, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. 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 email a cover letter, resume and photo portfolio (if available) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PR/SOCIAL 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 Observer, as well as at The New York Times, New 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 may include:
– Assisting with management of 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.
– Eligible for college credit.
– Ability to spend at least one full day per week at our Manhattan office; there may be opportunities to do some work remotely.
– Passion for online media, social media and business development.
– 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 resume and brief cover letter to email@example.com with subject line “Internship.”
MARKETING & EVENTS INTERNSHIPS
Are you interested in working at the hippest, smartest and undeniably best-written digital publisher in Manhattan? Observer is seeking an intelligent, highly motivated and energetic individual as an intern during their college break. This is an amazing opportunity for those majoring in media, sales or marketing to get hands-on professional experience, build your resume and receive college credit. Although the internship is unpaid, you will have the opportunity to work with the marketing team in day-to-day activities. Responsibilities include preparation for sales calls, basic administrative duties, assisting with events, coordinating mailings and other various tasks. Observer offers a fun and fast-paced environment with flexible hours that can work around your class schedule.
Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADVERTISING SALES INTERNSHIPS
Observer 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 Observer Media. 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 resumes to email@example.com.