Dozens of summer internships + resources to make your application stand out
If you’re a student journalist already thinking about where you want to be next summer, seeing “internship applications” in this email’s subject line might have increased your heart rate a little. The internship application process can be competitive and stressful, and it requires you to think so far ahead. Some schools just started fall classes a few weeks ago!
There are ways you can make your application stand out from the pack. But before we get to that part, follow along with me:
Pause for a moment.
Take a deep breath.
“Internships are not the only path to journalism success.
Landing an internship will not make or break my career.
Rejections are not a reflection of me as a person.”
You might be rolling your eyes, but I really believe all three of those things. Internships are a valuable source of work experience and mentorship, but they’re not the only way to start your career. The skills you have are more important than the publications on your resume; some of the best early-career journalists I know did not have marquee internships at national publications.
Think about the journalism skills you want to hone and try to tailor your next summer to that. This might mean applying for a summer position at your student publication, taking a class during the summer so you can really focus on it, or creating a self-directed project while you work a non-journalism job.
OK, now that you’ve taken a minute to ground yourself, here’s the actionable part of this newsletter:
The Lead’s internship database is back! Here’s a list of more than 20 newsroom internships around the country for summer 2021. (Stay tuned for more resources from Poynter in the coming weeks.)