Internships at Eugene Weekly

How to apply to be an EW intern

Internships! We have them!

Eugene Weekly is always looking for news and arts interns for our internship program. The program has a time commitment designed to fit into a school schedule and the opportunity to publish in a newspaper with 37,000-39,000  print circulation and an audited circulation of more than 80,000 readers.

Eugene Weekly interns have gone on to jobs at The Oregonian, CNN, Portland Mercury, The New York TimesThe Daily Astorian, Bend Bulletin, High Country News, Willamette Week, The Register-Guard and more and of course at EW itself. When interns finish up at EW, they are set up to begin doing freelance work for us if they so desire, and ideally are set up for a professional career.

EW interns don’t run errands or stay in the background; an internship with Eugene Weekly means writing news stories, features or music reviews as well as the chance to write in-depth pieces and to pitch (and write) a cover-length feature. Interns have done stories on and interviewed everyone from political candidates to nationally touring pop stars.

EW‘s internship is designed to give interns an education on writing on deadline, writing for an alt weekly and working for a newspaper. Interns get feedback on their pieces, and editing and proofreading experience of their own. The focus of our intern program is on getting students the clips and experience they need to get jobs in the competitive and ever-changing journalism world. We work with our interns’ school and work schedule and schedule intern hours accordingly.

Internship applications are accepted quarterly and on a rolling basis (in other words it’s fine to apply late or early). Interns who have taken Reporting 1 or have the equivalent training in basic interviewing skills, writing and the ethics of journalism tend to get the most out of the internship.

Deadlines for applications are:

Nov. 10 For internships starting winter term.

February 10 for internships starting spring term

April 10 for summer term

Sept. 10 for fall term.

Internships run the equivalent of two 10-week terms spring-summer, summer-fall, fall-winter etc). Interns are asked to come in to the office twice a week for two hours each during the work day and are expected to commit about eight more hours a week maximum doing interviews, writing etc. out of the office. During the pandemic we are meeting via Zoom for 30 minutes to an hour once a week. We structure the internship to take about as much time as a class and not interfere with your coursework or job. Interns receive a small stipend upon successful completion of the program.

We are looking for interns in the areas of hard news, environment reporting, politics, sports, arts, music and more. Interns will be asked to write in areas outside of their speciality to assure a well-rounded experience. The ideal intern is dedicated, loves journalism, fun and willing to throw him/herself into a story.

To apply please send a cover letter introducing yourself and specifically addressing what area of journalism you’d like to work in (news, arts etc.,) and why, a resume that lists work and journalism related background, including coursework, and three clips (articles written for class are fine) to Feel free to supply references as well.