Newsroom Internship

Employer Tampa Bay Times
Location St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay, FL
Type Internship
Apply by November 1, 2021
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Posted on September 20, 2021


We tell stories. Through video and photos. On Twitter and Instagram. OnReddit and Facebook. Online and, of course, in print. The way we share our stories has evolved in our 137-year history. But our commitment to investigative reporting, accountability, breaking news and our readers remains unchanged. Join us.

The Times offers one of the top internship programs in our industry. Our 10-week summer interns, paid weekly, gain hands-on experience alongside mentors, editors and reporters who offer guidance and work with them as equals.

Interns receive training sessions with our award-winning staff. They take ownership of a wide variety of assignments and build relationships in our collegial, independently owned newsroom. More than two dozen current staffers started here as interns.

“Though my internship was completely remote, not only the copy desk staff but the whole newsroom was so committed to reaching out and helping me learn more about the position, the Times and journalism in general. I was thrilled to return as a full-time copy editor a year later.” — Taylor Mahlandt, class of 2020

We are committed to creating an inclusive newsroom that reflects our diverse community. We especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply. One internship will be designated for a student at a historically Black college or university.

If you have questions about internships, please contact internship co-director Karen Peterson at

Who should apply? Top candidates for this competitive program have generally been juniors, seniors and graduate students pursuing a career in media/news. In most cases, top applicants have completed a prior professional news internship.

We also know great journalists come from a variety of nontraditional paths and backgrounds. If you don’t meet these exact criteria but want to share with us what you would bring to the Times, please tell us more in your cover letter.

How do I apply? Through this form. Where applicable, clips should be accessible (no paywalls), printable and legible.

What is the pay? Summer interns receive $525 for a 40-hour week. You will not be eligible to receive benefits.

Photo, copy, engagement and data-focused reporting interns may be eligible for the Don Shortell Scholarship and Internship, which in addition to intern pay includes a scholarship toward one’s undergraduate or graduate studies. Students must be returning to an accredited college or university in the year following their internship. Students must accept and complete the internship to receive the scholarship.

Time frame? Internships run 10 weeks. Start and end dates are flexible, but typically begin in early June.

What is the application deadline? Nov. 1 at 5 p.m

Where are your jobs located? Interns are assigned to our St. Petersburg or Tampa newsrooms.

What do I need to do the job? You must have an updated laptop and a reliable, personal vehicle. Mileage is reimbursed.

Is housing provided? We will provide local contacts for housing opportunities, but the Times does not provide housing.

When will I hear from you? By mid-January.

Got any advice for me? Lots, actually!

News reporter: Your job could include covering breaking news, general assignment, community news features or beats such as government, courts, business and schools. You also can develop enterprise stories. Please include up to three clips that reflect your experience in newsgathering and writing. We would like to see clear and direct news writing, and we also value clips with enterprise and/or accountability elements. Please note if you have experience in data reporting.

Sports reporter: Your job could include covering breaking news, general assignment and beats such as college, high school and pro sports. You also can develop sports enterprise stories or work on sports-related social media and video. Please include up to three clips that reflect your experience in sports newsgathering and writing.

Photographer: You will cover daily assignments, sports, breaking news and short-term projects through still photos, video and social media. The ideal candidate has a strong visual eye, is adept at gathering facts from a scene and writing concise and accurate captions. It is essential to possess a passion for community journalism, adapt to a varying schedule and collaborate with a strong team.

We assist with providing camera bodies and lenses. Arrangements can be made to use your own equipment. Candidates must be proficient in PhotoShop, PhotoMechanic or equivalent, and the most prevalent video editing software. Interns must also understand how to transmit visual content using the latest FTP technology or other cloud-based methods. Portfolios will be accepted only through a link to a personal website. For more information, contact Boyzell Hosey, deputy editor for photography, at or assistant photo editor Chris Urso at

Copy editor: As a copy editor, you’ll be busy. You’ll work with assigning editors, reporters and your copy desk teammates to solve factual and structural problems in stories. You’ll edit staff and wire copy for online and print. And you will be writing informative, active and engaging headlines for web and print, using best practices for each. Your copy-editing skills will be tested, and you’ll need to know AP style, but you also will be expected to pick up Times style, which can differ from AP. And while this is serious work, you will have a good time. Please include up to five examples of news stories you have edited, preferably including a headline.

Engagement producer: Our engagement team doesn’t only post newsroom colleagues’ work — we also break down complex topics and converse with readers. You’ll write newsletters, craft social campaigns, manage our homepage and send push alerts for everything from elections to sports championships. You’ll cultivate story ideas, answer commenters’ questions and debunk misinformation. This collaborative role connects our journalism and staffers to people on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, TikTok and more.

Ideal candidates are detail-oriented, sharp writers used to the pace of a daily publication. Experience crafting visuals such as social graphics and Reels/TikToks is highly valued. Experience in interpreting analytics is helpful.

Please submit 6 to 10 clips on one document. Links are preferred, but screenshots are okay for expired social media content, newsletters or push alerts. For more information, contact engagement editor Ashley Dye at This is not a marketing role.

Still have questions? Get in touch.