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.
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
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
Interns will be paired with a staff member with whom they will work to publish a piece by the end of the semester.
There are two parts to the application: a form to tell us about yourself and an editing exercise. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the form in order to get the editing exercise.
Please feel free to email us at email@example.com with any questions!