The Texas Observer Seeks Interns for Spring 2020

We’re currently accepting applications for spring 2020 internships. The deadline to apply is December 6. Please specify in the subject line which internship you’re applying for.

Culture Intern

Working under the supervision of the managing editor, the culture intern will research, report and write stories focused on Texas arts and culture — from reviewing art exhibitions to interviewing authors. Observer internships may be taken for course credit where so offered. Editorial interns are paid at regular freelance rates for work published in the bimonthly print magazine, and online at texasobserver.org.

Successful Observer interns will research, report and write. They will check facts and proof pages. They will attend weekly story meetings and learn how to develop a successful pitch. They will work under the direct mentorship of skilled editors and nationally recognized reporters to produce substantive work for one of the nation’s last bastions of noncommercial, mission-driven journalism and longform narrative. 

Send cover letter, résumé, and no more than three published clips or other appropriate reporting/writing samples to [email protected].

Digital Intern

Successful Observer digital interns will help manage social media and newsletters. They will monitor traffic and consider growth strategies. Working under the supervision of the engagement editor, they will create graphics and data visualizations. The digital intern should be ready to experiment with digital products and complete at least one long-term project, conceived by the intern.

Only undergraduates are eligible for the digital internship, which includes a stipend.

To apply: Send cover letter, résumé, and no more than three published clips or other appropriate digital samples (e.g. social media clips, sample newsletters, digital illustration, data visualization, etc.) to [email protected].

Editorial Fellow

The fellowship program is designed to open up working opportunities for those whose economic circumstances might otherwise limit their ability to pursue a career in investigative journalism (hence the stipend). Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Observer fellowships may be taken for course credit where so offered. The editorial fellow is paid an $8,100 stipend for the semester. We ask for a commitment of about 30 hours per week, but we’re reasonably flexible about scheduling.

Successful Observer fellows will research, report, and write. They will check facts and proof pages. They will attend weekly story meetings and learn how to develop a successful pitch. They will work under the direct mentorship of skilled editors and nationally recognized reporters to produce substantive work for one of the nation’s last bastions of noncommercial, mission-driven journalism and longform narrative.

Send cover letter, résumé, and no more than three published clips or other appropriate reporting/writing samples to [email protected].

About us: We are a storied publication with a proud tradition of independent ass-kicking reporting and commentary. In the last few years, our reporters have won an Emmy, a National Magazine Award, a first-place Society of Professional Journalists award, and a Hillman Prize. We’re a nonprofit with a strong public service mission; we seek to expose injustice and to produce the kind of impact journalism that makes a difference.

We are committed to diversity and to building an inclusive working environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We are an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, AIDS/HIV status, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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