Tampa Bay Times newsroom internship-summer

Employer Tampa Bay Times
Location Tampa, FL
Type Internship
Apply by November 1, 2023
More details https://www.tampabay.com/internships/
Posted on September 19, 2023


NOTE: Applications for 2024 summer internships are now open.

Join the staff of Florida’s best newspaper, winner of 14 Pulitzer Prizes, through one of the top internship programs in our industry.

Our summer interns, paid weekly, spend 10 weeks gaining real-world experience alongside mentors, editors and reporters who work with them as equals.

We offer positions in news, data reporting, sports, photo and audience engagementInterns receive craft sessions with our award-winning staff. They take ownership of a wide variety of assignments and build relationships in our independently owned newsroom. Around 20 current staffers started here as interns


You must be a college undergraduate, graduate student or recent graduate. Top candidates for this competitive program have generally been juniors, seniors and graduate students who 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.

We are committed to creating an inclusive newsroom that reflects our diverse community. We especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply.


Internships run 10 weeks. Dates are flexible, but typically interns begin in early June.

You must have an updated laptop and, in most cases, a reliable, personal vehicle. Mileage is reimbursed. You will receive newsroom parking credentials. The Times does not provide housing, but we do our best to advise you in your search.

Summer interns receive $700 for a 40-hour week. Interns are not eligible to receive benefits.

Interns are held to the standards of all Times staff, including ethics policies.


Applications require a one-page resume (with three references), a cover letter and examples of your best work. Requirements vary per role. You may apply for more than one role.

Clips should be legible and accessible. They should be published work. Links are acceptable, but please provide a login if there is a paywall. PDFs are preferred.

To apply for positions in news, data reporting, sports or engagement, use this link.

To apply for a position in photo, use this link.

We will notify applicants of their status by mid-January.

If you have questions, please get in touch. We can’t wait to read your work.

Deadline November 1

News reporter: Your job could include covering breaking news, community news features or beats such as government, courts, business and schools. These interns join topic-based reporting teams. They balance a mix of daily stories, compelling deeper dives and short-term enterprise stories, both chasing urgent assignments and pitching their own pieces. Please include three clips that reflect your experience in newsgathering and writing. We would like to see clear and direct writing, and we also value clips with enterprise and/or accountability elements.

Data reporter: Elevate classic news reporting with exciting, innovative data journalism. You’ll use coding and visualization tools to help track public data and documents, find the news in them and explain complex findings to readers. In addition to executing their own stories, data reporting interns will collaborate with the newsroom’s Data Hub to further develop their skills. Please include a set of three clips (either documents or working links) that showcase both traditional reporting and data analysis or visualization skills. Link to any relevant portfolio or repo pages in your resume or cover letter.

Sports reporter: One day you could be on the high school practice field, and the next you could be in the arena for a Stanley Cup playoff game. You’ll balance breaking news with general assignment and feature stories. You could also work on sports-related social media and video. Please include three clips that reflect your experience in sports newsgathering and writing.

Newsletters producer: As part of the engagement team, you’ll help us reach readers through email newsletters, bringing essential news and top stories straight to people’s inboxes. You’ll write for our flagship DayStarter newsletter, build and edit other newsletters, craft promotional campaigns and collaborate with newsroom teams to test ideas. This exciting role gets our work in front of more readers and deepens our connection to our community. Other responsibilities include managing social media, push alerts and the homepage as needed.

Please submit six to 10 newsletter or social media clips in one document. Links are preferred, but screenshots are acceptable for expired content. Experience crafting visuals such as social graphics is highly valued. Experience in interpreting analytics is helpful.

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 and 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. For more information, contact Martha Asencio-Rhine at masencio-rhine@tampabay.com.

Portfolios will be accepted only through a link to a personal website.