South Side Weekly Intern Program

Accepting applications on a rolling basis

The South Side Weekly offers internships on a rolling basis to two to three high school sophomores and juniors. Interns have the chance to see and participate in all elements of the publication of the newspaper by assisting at production nights and pitching stories, as well as working one-on-one with a staff member of the paper to publish their own article at the end of the cycle.

Not a high-schooler anymore? You can still contribute!

On starting, students should expect a two-hour “bootcamp” to cover the specific demands of the program and acclimate interns to how we work. Interns will attend the first half of Monday production nights, where they will copy edit, fact check, and contribute short pieces. On Thursday evenings, interns will check in on their projects and attend workshops at our joint Public Newsroom with City Bureau.

What’s in it for you?
— Hands-on work writing, editing, and reporting
— Resume building internship experience
— Experience in a collaborative, professional working environment
— Writing credit/reporting clip in the SSW

Time Commitment
The eight-week internship is an approximately six hour weekly commitment, on Mondays from 6pm-9pm and Thursdays from 5pm-7:30pm, with other opportunities for workshops and reporting experience throughout the program.

At Monday production nights
— Copy edit and fact check articles
— Write calendar blurbs (100-200 word descriptions of upcoming events)

At Thursday open newsroom hours
— Attend workshops
— Work on story pitches

Mentor work
Interns will be paired with a staff member with whom they will work to publish a piece by the end of the semester.

Application Process

Send your responses to the following prompts to 

  1. Tell us why you are interested in this internship with the South Side Weekly. Feel free to talk about the paper itself, a particular issue we cover, community journalism, or any other type of interest. (1-2 paragraphs)
  2. What are two specific stories or projects you think the Weekly should pursue? These can be as small- or large-scale as you like
  3. (Optional) Tell us about any previous writing, journalism, or media experience you have. You may also attach clips of previous work.

Please feel free to email us at with any questions!

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