The New York Observer is New York’s premier weekly newspaper. For the past two decades, the salmon-colored 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. Published every Wednesday, the newspaper’s editorial team is 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 blogs on politics, culture, and real estate, as well as original reporting and analysis that consistently make national news.
The Observer‘s newsroom boasts a unique and tightly-knit culture that benefits from the energy and fearlessness of young reporters as well as from 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. On deadline, interns are charged with fact-checking articles as they move from writer to editor to copy desk to production. Off 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 the internship has ended.
The Observer also hires not infrequently from its pool of interns, present and past.
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 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.
- 1) resume (Word or PDF)
- 2) brief cover letter (Word or PDF)
- 3) 3 writing clips, preferably reported stories as opposed to papers or first-person essays (Word or PDF)
- 4) why you would like to write for BetaBeat, Politicker, Gallerist, Transom or the Real Estate section
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, July 30.
Thank you for your interest; we look forward to hearing from you.
The New York Observer is currently seeking a photo intern, available 2 days a week (Mondays and Tuesdays) for the Summer 2013. 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, organization of photos for publication. The ideal candidate will have a background in photography, strong organizational skills, 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/her work published and seen by a large readership. College credit is required.
Please e-mail a cover letter, resume and photo portfolio (if available) to Peter Lettre at email@example.com.
SCENE, a monthly New York magazine publication, is seeking interns for spring/summer 2013. The ideal candidate should be proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite, with strong skills in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. The ability to color correct and basic skills in image editing is also essential, as well as conduct photo research in a timely manner. Experience in graphic design and editorial layout is also preferred. Previous magazine and editorial experience is a plus, though not required.
Interns will assist the Art Director with daily art and production responsibilities. Candidates must be organized, detail-oriented and have the ability to multi-task 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. College credit is required arranged
Please e-mail a cover letter, resume and portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 resume, 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 resume 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, organize 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 themselves in 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 associates with the business.
Please send resumes to email@example.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 the New York Times, New York Magazine, The New Republic, and many more.
Position: Online Media Intern
Commitment: At least 1 full day (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) per week
Compensation: Unpaid; College Credit offered
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, slideshows, 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.
-College student or recent graduate – all majors will be considered.
-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 resume and brief cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Internship.”