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Editorial Internships at The Nation & The Investigative Fund

Post Date:Sep 05, 2018Type:Full time
Start Date:January 8, 2019Salary:$15/hour, $525/week
Location: United States - New York - New York Job Reference:
Job Description:

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. We are currently accepting applications for our winter/spring 2019 internship session.

The following positions are available:

Editorial Internships at The Nation:

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 at the magazine's New York City offices.

Editorial Internship at the Investigative Fund:

The Don and Doris Shaffer Intern is dedicated to working with the Nation 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. This intern also occasionally works on Institute-related projects and is 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, author and critic Vivian Gornick, Nation Institute fellow Sharif Abdel Kouddous, senior editor of The Atlantic Ta-Nehisi Coates, and New Yorker staff writer Rachel Aviv. 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.

Compensation and Credit: Interns are paid $15 per hour, $525 per week. Whenever possible, The Nation Institute will assist interns in arranging for academic or work-study credit.

Deadlines and Duration of Program:

Application deadline: October 9, 2018
Notification deadline: November 9, 2018
Program duration: January 8 - June 28, 2019

For more information, click here.

Application Procedure: Applicants must submit the following:

  • A cover letter that explains why you want to work for The Nation. Please mention Nation writers you follow and/or Nation pieces you’ve enjoyed. If you are applying for the Don and Doris Shaffer internship position, please explain your interest in working with the Investigative Fund and mention some IFund stories you found interesting. If you are applying for both positions, please address both.
  • A resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation with contact information for the referees included. Letters may be emailed directly by recommenders to Naomi Gordon-Loebl at, or may be uploaded with the rest of your application materials.
  • Answers to the application questions found here.

Please visit our online application portal to submit your application.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications submitted through postal mail or email will not be considered. All application materials become the property of The Nation Institute. Please address all queries to No phone calls, please.

Please note: Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a summer-only internship.

The Nation Institute is an equal-opportunity employer.

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Contact Information
The Nation Institute
Naomi Gordon-Loebl
116 East 16th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10003
United States
Ph: 2122095423

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