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2022 Editorial Internships
The American Prospect is devoted to promoting informed discourse on public-policy matters from a progressive perspective through narrative interpretation of complex issues. We don’t just make magazines, we make a difference.
The Prospect hosts three classes of interns each year with flexible dates ranging from January to April; May to August; and September to December.
Editorial interns assist with research, fact-checking, social media, data entry and library services for both the print magazine and the daily website. Interns are encouraged to contribute editorially, writing book briefs and articles as assigned, and participating in generating story ideas, as well as pursuing their own projects under the guidance of Prospect staff. We encourage interns to fully integrate themselves into the Prospect’s editorial operations while taking full advantage of the public events only available in Washington, D.C.
This is the perfect internship for journalism, political science, and economics majors. Juniors, seniors and grad students are encouraged to apply. Full and part time internships available; stipend is $100 per day.
Here's what recent interns have to say:
The American Prospect’s internship program is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in political journalism and eager to develop their research, reporting, and writing skills. From day one, interns are trusted with important tasks to keep the magazine running. The flexibility of the program allows you to shape your own experience based on your interests, and the rest of the team is always available to support your work and provide guidance. The opportunity to pitch and write stories really makes the internship program stand out. My time as an intern was transformative—over the course of several months, I learned the fundamentals of reporting, fact-checking, and social media, and I gained the skills and confidence necessary to begin a career in journalism.
—Isabelle Gius, Spring 2022 intern
The Prospect was an amazing place to grow as a reporter. Their team is encouraging, friendly, and always willing to give advice. Their progressive and detail-oriented reporting on public policy is unmatched and a constant source of inspiration. I am a far better writer for having spent time with them.
—Connor Bulgrin, Fall 2021 intern
Interning with the Prospect provides a rare opportunity for early-career journalists to work directly with extremely accomplished journalists and editors. You will get detailed feedback on your work and support in pursuing topics of interest to you for your own pieces. It’s amazing to work in a newsroom with people who are passionate about intrepid, fearless journalism on public policy, labor, and more. I can’t recommend the experience highly enough!
—Ella Fanger, Fall 2021 intern
Your TAP Internship application includes...
Three writing samples. Consider clips or posts, academic papers and unpublished pieces.
Your cover letter. In your letter, please give your assessment of the current political moment; and your interest in The American Prospect's journalism OR how an internship with the Prospect would align/advance your personal/career goals.
NOTE: This Internship application is DIFFERENT from the Writing Fellowship application.
The next deadline is Wednesday, August 24, 2022.
Positions are remote, or in the our Washington, D.C., headquarters.
The American Prospect prioritizes attracting diverse talent and cultivating an inclusive environment that encourages collaboration and creativity. All qualified applicants will be considered, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetics, age, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other such characteristic.