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Editing/Reporting Intern

Post Date:Nov 09, 2018Type:Full time
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Location: United States - New York - New York Job Reference:
Job Description:

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day more than half the world's population sees news from AP.


The Associated Press is offering a paid 12-week editing/reporting internship for the summer 2019 on the East Region Desk based in New York City through a partnership with Dow Jones News Fund that will provide a week of training prior to the start of the internship.

The intern’s primary responsibility is to edit content and write headlines for a 10-state region as well as reporting and writing their own stories in the New York City bureau.

Candidates must have strong reporting, writing and text editing skills, demonstrate solid news judgment and the ability to suggest story ideas and angles and incorporate them in text, video and/or still images.

Reporting responsibilities will include conducting interviews, monitoring and using social media to find stories and to promote AP’s content, tracking down user-generated content and covering breaking news stories, either by phone or going to the scene.  Assignments may cover general news, sports, business or entertainment. Editors will train the intern on such areas as interview techniques, sourcing, databases and AP style.

The intern should have a broad understanding of state, national and international news perspectives and will be expected to keep up-to-date with news in the city and region and its relevance to national and international affairs.  

Depending on background and skills, the intern may assist in the production of video stories, including non-linear editing and writing story summaries and scripts.   They may also assist in setting up news and feature stories and join location shoots or do their own shooting.   The intern may accompany staff photographers on assignments, assist with arrangements in the field, or shoot photos themselves.   

Training in all formats will include journalism ethics.  In addition, interns must become familiar with - and abide by - the AP’s statement of values and principles governing ethics.


  • Applicants must be:
    • current full-time students within two years of earning an undergraduate degree (juniors and seniors) when applying for the program or
    • current full-time graduate students or
    • students who graduate December 2018.
    • Freshmen and sophomores (first and second year students) are not eligible.
  • Must be able to show proof of legal authorization to participate in a 12-week internship in the United States prior to the start of the internship.
  • Must have demonstrated proficiency speaking and writing in the English language.
  • Must have experience editing using AP Style.
  • Relevant experience and training in text is required as well as a secondary visual format such as video, photos or interactive/graphics.
  • Good general knowledge of national and international affairs.
  • Good writing skills and the ability to recognize grammatical and factual errors.
  • A prior journalism internship or experience in media.
  • Knowledge of online and social media news venues.
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail; able to multi-task and manage projects as assigned.
  • Self-starter with the ability to effectively collaborate and interact with a diverse group of co-workers and interview subjects.

Submission materials:

  • A 300-word autobiographical essay on this topic: “The Associated Press seeks to recruit and retain a workforce that embodies a wide range of talents, experiences, achievements and journalistic skills. Please describe the qualities and accomplishments you would bring to the company as an intern.”
  • A resume and cover letter (please include your projected graduation date).
  • Three to five examples of examples of your text editing work -- (links to an online site of your work are highly preferred).
  • Three to five examples of your text work as a writer/reporter (links to a website of your work are highly preferred).
  • Two examples of your visual work (video, photos, multimedia, interactive, etc. -- links to an online site of your work are highly preferred.) 
  • A reference letter from a prior internship, employer or faculty adviser on college/university letterhead.
  • All application materials should be uploaded simultaneously, including the reference letter.



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