Star Tribune offers a 10-week summer copy editing internship. We recruit nationally for this program and select talented, driven college and graduate students who can edit breaking news, enterprise stories and projects. We expect our interns to come to us with skill and leave with polish and invaluable experience from a major-market newsroom.
Our summer interns are paid the same as first-year professionals, $735 a week. We provide:
a real-world experience in a major daily newsroom
a challenging and affirming environment that includes mentors and supervisors
weekly brown-bag lunch discussions on topics such as investigative reporting, narrative writing and multimedia storytelling.
We expect our copy desk interns to:
bring an editor's eye for clarity, accuracy and fairness to their work
have a knack for writing compelling headlines
be highly proficient with grammar, spelling, style and punctuation
handle basic page layout
have excellent time-management skills and work quickly and calmly under deadline pressure
collaborate and communicate effectively and diplomatically with teammates and content producers
conduct themselves in a professional manner.
High-level editing skills, a passion for writing great headlines and the ability to spot the errors that spell-checkers miss are crucial in this job. Strong communication skills and the ability to handle deadline pressure are a must. Proficiency with web research tools and InCopy or similar publishing software is required. We’re looking for someone who has news copy editing experience and has developed a good sense of news judgment. Work shifts are evenings and weekends.
Most successful applicants have completed their junior or senior year in college and interned with at least one professional daily news organization. Top candidates have experience demonstrating that they’re ready to make the most of this opportunity. The term will be early June to early August.
Your application, which must be uploaded by Nov. 1, should include:
Up to 10 clips of stories you've edited with notes explaining what role you played in headline writing and making the stories clear and accurate.
A cover letter telling us what skills you’d bring to the position and why you want to be a journalist.
A resume detailing your journalism experience, and three references, including their titles, phone numbers and email addresses.
Two letters of recommendation. At least one of those letters should come from an editor who has seen you work in a professional environment on deadline. Please do not submit letters of reference from fellow student journalists.
Your references can attach letters of recommendation to your application or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name in the subject line.
If you have questions about the program that are not answered here, please reach out to our internship coordinators.
Call Colleen Stoxen, Deputy Managing Editor, at 612-673-7467 or email email@example.com.
Call Star Tribune writer Neal Justin at 612-673-7431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do not email your application; to apply, you must upload here.