Virginia Gazette summer internships

Employer Virginia Gazette
Location Williamsburg, VA
Type Internship
Apply by November 12, 2021
Posted on October 13, 2021

Description

The Virginia Gazette, a community newspaper based in Williamsburg, Virginia, is looking for a paid reporting intern for Summer 2022.

Our community has lots of stories to tell, and from Day 1 you’ll be going after them. Our coverage area, known as the Historic Triangle, includes rural communities, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown and the College of William & Mary. Expect to gain a wide variety of experience and plenty of clips during your 12-week internship

Interns are treated as regular newsroom staff members, learning on the job and helping produce Virginia’s best news coverage.

You will will participate in team meetings and brown bag programs on topical subjects. Sessions in 2021 included a narrative writing workshop, FOIA training, court reporting and a workshop on how to start on a new beat.

The Gazette belongs to the same organization as The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk and the Daily Press in Newport News. Our newsrooms include award-winning journalists eager to help you learn

Our expectations

  • Produce a regular and compelling mix of stories, including news and features.
  • Write precisely and accurately.
  • Meet deadlines.
  • Collaborate with your editor and other team members on stories and story brainstorming.
  • Travel for news coverage as required. Applicants must have a car. We reimburse mileage.

Education/experience

Required qualifications: Must be enrolled at time of application in a degree-granting program at an accredited college or university.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Students enrolled in a journalism concentration.
  • Experience working at a college publication, either print or online.
  • A previous internship or freelance experience at a daily newspaper or professional news website is a plus.
  • If you’re wondering whether you have enough experience to apply, you should apply. The internship is generally aimed at sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students. But our selection committee is open to considering anyone who meets the minimum qualifications.

What we pay and other details

  • Interns are paid $15 an hour and will work 38 hours a week.
  • The internship is 12 weeks; the start and end dates can be flexible. Generally, interns start in late May or early June.
  • Interns must be based in the Williamsburg or Hampton Roads areas, or be able to move to the region for the internship.
  • Interns cannot freelance or work at other publications during the internship without prior approval from a supervisor.

What about the pandemic?

  • For the most part, staff continue to work remotely. Interns are required to work in the Williamsburg area.

How to apply

  • Applications can be sent to internships@dailypress.com. Please note in the subject line that you’re applying for the Virginia Gazette internship.
  • Submit a cover letter, resume and the names of three references.
  • Reporters should include PDF copies of eight to 10 published work samples. You may also add links to your application if you have online-only samples.
  • Feel free to include any good work you’ve done, even if it doesn’t fit the “traditional mold.”
  • The deadline to apply is November 12.

Selection will be based on portfolio, experience (college and professional), cover letter and references. Finalists will be interviewed.

About that cover letter …

Here’s what to think about when writing your cover letter:

  • Why you wish to intern for the Virginia Gazette.
  • What you are interested in doing during your internship.
  • Your goals and expectations for the internship.
  • What makes you the best candidate?
  • The dates you are available.

Have a question?

Contact Sean Kennedy, internship coordinator, at sean.kennedy@pilotonline.com. No question is stupid. Asking questions is what journalists do.

Apply here.