Newspaper Internships

The Charlotte Observer Magazine

The Charlotte Observer Magazine Division produces a variety of local lifestyle publications, including SouthPark Magazine, Lake Norman Magazine, Carolina Bride, and several other annual publications. We are looking for three editorial interns for the fall 2012 semester to assist with:

  • researching and writing articles,
  • compiling calendars,
  • proofing pages,
  • updating websites and Facebook/Twitter pages,
  • and performing other duties related to magazine production.

The internships are unpaid and you must receive college credit. Applicants should be highly motivated with excellent writing skills, knowledge of AP Style, and meticulous attention to detail.

Charlotte Weekly

Charlotte Weekly is a community newspaper that publishes a 48- to 60-page issue each week. We have a circulation of 45,000, from the University City area down through Charlotte to Pineville, Ballantyne, Stonecrest, Piper Glen, and Matthews. Our intern program is an unpaid program but the experience is valuable; we've had interns do movie reviews, arts reviews, editorials, features, profiles, calendars, and cover stories in the past. The time commitment is 6-15 hours per week, dependent upon the student's interest and availability and the school's internship requirements. Interns generally have two weekly responsibilities – updating our community calendar of events each week and doing a “Street Beat,” which is a man-on-the-street kind of Q-and-A. Those tasks total approximately 6 or 8 hours, so interns have the opportunity to step beyond those responsibilities as their availability and interests warrant.

Creative Loafing

Editorial Intern - Unpaid

Objective: To expose interns to the daily operations of an alternative newsweekly

Description: We seek internship candidates who are currently enrolled and seeking school credit for the summer and fall semesters. Students with a journalistic interest in news, arts, music and film are especially encouraged to apply.

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following: data entry for events and listings, writing event previews, assisting staff writers with research and organization for news and feature stories; writing short news pieces, blog entries, sidebars and/or feature stories; and general office tasks, including transcribing letters to the editor, plus general mailings, filing and archiving. Interns will also be given the opportunity to contribute to a group cover package.

Other writing opportunities for interns include short sections such as

  • Culture Surfing
  • The List
  • Profile
  • The Plug
  • Hit & Run Reviews