2021-2022 THI Undergraduate Public Fellowship with The American Prospect

Applications are due Monday, November 1, 2021.

Fellowship term is January 3 to March 11, 2022.

The Humanities Institute (THI) is excited to announce a new Undergraduate Public Fellowship opportunity for Humanities students at UC Santa Cruz to work with The American Prospect. THI’s Public Fellowships connect students in the Humanities to projects with organizations in mutually beneficial ways. Students gain first-hand experience learning about positions outside of the university that build on their studies in the Humanities and give them professional training, while organizations benefit from students’ assistance and academic background. THI’s Public Fellowships foster positive collaborations between the campus and community, demonstrating the value of a Humanities degree for a range of careers.

About the Project:

The American Prospect (TAP) magazine and website is devoted to promoting informed discourse on public-policy matters from a progressive perspective, through a narrative interpretation of complex issues. TAP’s value lies in explaining the power dynamics at work behind the story, and how that power might be shifted to the public's benefit. American Prospect, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The Prospect is committed to nurturing new talent, through its writing fellowship and internship programs. TAP’s alumni list speaks to their success: leading off with UC Santa Cruz alumnus Ezra Klein who founded Vox with TAP alumnus Matt Yglesias. Other notable TAP alumni are Jamelle Bouie of The New York Times; Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo; Adam Serwer (The Atlantic); Tara Zahra, a 2015 MacArthur award winner; Dana Goldstein and Nick Confessore (both, The New York Times); Kate Sheppard (HuffPost); Nathalie Baptiste (Mother Jones); Richard Just (Washington Post Magazine); Annabelle Williams (The New York Times Fellow), Shera S. Avi-Yonah (Rhodes Scholarship); Alex Rouhandeh (Newsweek); and dozens more journalists currently at the top of the field.

The THI-TAP Public Fellow will join one of three TAP classes of interns to coincide with UCSC’s winter quarter, from January to March.

Position Description: Editorial Intern

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 briefs and articles as assigned, and participating in generating story ideas, as well as pursuing their own projects under the guidance of Prospect staff.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS

  • Fact-checking is your top responsibility. On a daily basis, you will assist with research and fact-checking for content for both the print magazine and the daily website
  • Social media posting and monitoring social channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, and more)
  • Editorial contributions include writing articles and briefs as assigned
  • Data entry and library services assignments as assigned
  • Marketing and event related projects as assigned
  • Participation in staff meetings to share information on current assignments, and on Slack chats to generate story ideas

Fellows are expected to complete assignments in a timely and efficient manner, work up to 20 hours per week, post findings regularly to shared online documents or the project’s research database, meet all assignment-specific deadlines, and contribute in other ways as required.

Fellows will work remotely – all work will be conducted online.

Who are you? You are in good academic standing and a declared major or minor in a department in the Humanities Division (required). Juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply.

Compensation: Each fellow will receive $3,000 USD in the form of a fellowship administered by The Humanities Institute.

Thanks to the generosity of Michael Stern, TAP Board Member and UC Santa Cruz volunteer, The Humanities Institute (THI) is able to offer this annual fellowship.

Work with us remotely, or at our offices in Washington, D.C.
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 Prospect's internship program offers an unparalleled experience in political journalism, with regular opportunities to pitch and write. Editors guide interns with invaluable mentorship while giving them the freedom to pursue stories they pitch themselves. The program affirmed my love of journalism and served as a crash course in national politics.
Amelia Pollard, Spring 2021 intern
Working at the Prospect is exhilarating. Everyone is accessible, friendly, and phenomenal to be around (this felt true even with our internship being virtual!), and we were genuinely trusted to help make the wheels turn. I learned by doing – from PR and social media, to fact-checking and reporting. The internship gave me the opportunity to learn much, and encounter wonderful new friends and mentors.
Prem Thakker, Spring 2021 intern
At The American Prospect, I was one piece of a small team punching above its weight through the sharpest reporting on U.S. politics today. Because of this internship, I discovered the type of writer, reporter, researcher, and colleague I want to be. Whether it was providing research support, fact-checking, running social media, or pitching story ideas, our work always mattered. As an intern, you work closely with various editors, journalists, and other staff, each offering many personal and professional lessons that I would never have considered without this opportunity. The Prospect team's commitment to your growth as a journalist is indescribable.
Jarod Facundo, Spring 2021 intern
Your TAP Internship application includes...
Your résumé.
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 Monday, November 15, 2021.
At this time, all positions are remote. We plan to open our Washington, D.C., headquarters only if deemed safe and feasible. 

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