The Associated Press is offering paid journalism internships for the summer 2015 in nine U.S. cities (including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh, Sacramento and Washington, D.C.) and 10 international locations (including Bangkok, Berlin, Johannesburg, London, Mexico City, New Delhi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo).
Interns will contribute to AP’s text, video, photos and interactive report for 12 weeks next summer. Interns will receive experience and training in video and at least one other format. They will attend and contribute to all-format editorial meetings.
Interns will be expected to be fast thinkers and show creativity and strong news judgment. They should be strong storytellers who are able to recognize interesting news elements, suggest their own story ideas and angles and incorporate them in video, still images or text. Interns should be comfortable interacting with a diverse group of co-workers and interview subjects.
Interns will be expected to keep up-to-date with news in the city or region and its relevance to national and international affairs. Responsibilities will include tracking down information, conducting interviews, monitoring social media, and covering breaking news stories, either by phone or going to the scene. Assignments may include covering general, sports, business or entertainment spot news or features.
Interns will assist in the production of video stories, including non-linear editing and writing story summaries and scripts for broadcast. They will research and set up video news and feature stories and join location shoots, or do their own shooting. Interns may also assist with content management and translations.
Staff photographers and editors will supervise interns on visual storytelling techniques. Where possible, interns will accompany staff photographers on assignments, assist with arrangements in the field, and shoot photos. Interns will be trained in the use of photo editing software – Photoshop and Photomechanic – as well as transmission.
Depending on experience and training, interns may contribute to the text news report – reporting and writing their own stories under the direct supervision of an editor. Editors will train interns on such areas as interview techniques, sourcing, databases and AP style.
Interns who have a background in interactive/graphics may assist in creating stories told through multimedia elements such as graphics, data visualizations, 3D animations, photos and videos. Interns should be familiar with HTML and have knowledge about web standards. Interns will be trained how to transform complex concepts into immersive and visual stories that users can quickly understand.
Training in all formats will include journalism ethics. In addition, interns must become familiar with – and abide by – the AP’s statement of values and principles governing ethics.
- Applicants must be:
- current full-time students within two years of earning an undergraduate degree(juniors and seniors) or
- current full-time graduate students or
- students who graduate December 2014.
- Must be able to show proof of legal authorization to participate in a 12-week internship in the assigned country prior to the start of the internship.
- Must have demonstrated proficiency speaking and writing in the English language and command of the local language of the assigned country.
- Good general knowledge of national and international affairs.
- Good writing skills and the ability to recognize grammatical and factual errors.
- Relevant experience and training in video is required as well as a secondary format such as photos, text or interactive/graphics.
- A prior journalism internship or experience in media.
- Knowledge of online and social media news venues.
- Highly organized and attentive to detail; able to multi-task and manage projects as assigned.
- Self-starter with the ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment.
- A 300-word autobiographical essay on this topic: “The Associated Press seeks to recruit and retain a workforce that embodies a wide range of talents, experiences, achievements and journalistic skills. Please describe the qualities and accomplishments you would bring to the company as an intern.”
- A resume and cover letter (please include your projected graduation date).
- Three to five examples of your work (links to a website of your video, photos, clips and multimedia work are highly preferred).
- A reference letter from a prior internship or employer.
- All application materials should be uploaded simultaneously, including the reference letter.
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