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 with a time commitment designed to fit into a school schedule and the opportunity to publish every week in a newspaper with 37,000 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 MercuryThe Daily Astorian, Bend Bulletin, High Country News, Willamette Week and more and of course at EW itself. Ideally when interns finish up at EW, they also begin doing paid freelance work for us if they so desire.

Unlike other internships, our interns don’t run errands or stay in the background, an internship with Eugene Weekly means writing weeklys news stories, features or music reviews as well as the chance to write in-depth pieces and to pitch (and write) a cover feature. Interns have done stories on and interviewed everyone from Arun Gandhi 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 schedule and schedule intern hours accordingly. The internship is unpaid, though we do try to give perks in addition to the focus on learning such as tickets to shows.

Internship applications are accepted quarterly and on a rolling basis, and we prefer interns who have taken Reporting 1 or have the equivalent training in basic interviewing skills, writing and the ethics of journalism.

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 during the work day and are expected to commit about eight more hours a week maximum doing interviews, writing etc. out of the office. We structure the internship to take about as much time as a class and not interfere with your coursework or job.

We are looking for interns in the areas of hard news, environment reporting, politics, sports, arts, music, books and more. 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 what area of journalism you’d like to work on, resume that lists work and journalism related background, including coursework, and three clips (articles written for class are fine) to camilla@eugeneweekly.com.