Atlanta magazine offers a comprehensive internship program for college and graduate students. (We are unable to accept interns who have already completed undergrad unless they are currently enrolled in graduate school.) Internships require approximately fifteen hours of work per week; these hours may be distributed across days of the intern’s choosing, but they must be completed during the magazine’s office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Positions are unpaid but offer invaluable experience in all aspects of magazine journalism. A stipend of $60 a month is available to cover the costs of parking downtown or taking MARTA.
Applicants must select one of the following areas of focus, plus one optional backup:
Editorial focus: Interns are responsible for fact-checking, proofreading, research, and occasional writing for the print magazine. Candidates should exhibit strong grammar and writing skills and have previous professional experience (preferably at a newspaper/magazine). A major in journalism or English is preferred.
Digital focus: Interns will gain hands-on experience producing content for atlantamagazine.com and the magazine’s tablet edition. Responsibilities include uploading stories from the magazine, building email newsletters, and pitching and writing blog posts. Candidates should exhibit strong writing skills and a basic knowledge of HTML; courses in digital journalism a plus.
Dining focus: The dining internship is an exceptional opportunity to explore the city’s culinary roots and report on local restaurants, events, and chefs. The intern will write and report stories for the magazine’s food blog and produce weekly dining and recipe newsletters. The successful candidate will have prior publishing experience, strong writing and reporting skills, the ability to generate fresh story ideas, and of course, a passion for food!
News focus: The news intern will write and report stories for the magazine’s print Agenda section and online Daily Agenda blog. He/she will also assist with research and writing feature packages in print and online. The successful candidate will have prior publishing experience (student media and/or a previous internship), strong reporting and research skills, a good sense of news value, and a proven ability to meet deadlines.
Design focus: Interns assist the art department in gathering materials and producing designs for the printed magazine. Interns are also responsible for creating and updating pages, graphics, and other visual elements of atlantamagazine.com. Candidates should exhibit a strong knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. Experience in HTML and CSS is a plus.
Photography focus: We are looking for a student who is comfortable handling photography equipment and lighting, well-versed in Adobe Photoshop, and familiar with stock photo agencies. Responsibilities include organizing issue artwork, scouting and researching, and assisting on photo shoots. Interns will also undertake photography assignments, skills permitting. Candidates should be organized, deadline-driven, and effective in communicating over the phone, in person, or via email.
Marketing focus: Interns have the opportunity to learn the many different facets of magazine publishing, including production, sales, marketing, public relations, event and database development, accounting, and business planning. They assist in creating and executing communications and marketing strategies, researching and coordinating mailings, updating website listings, and coordinating special events.
Please mail the following:
- Cover letter clearly indicating your desired area of focus and (optional) backup area of focus in the first sentence
- Two references
- Three published clips (editorial, digital, dining, news)
- Three writing samples (marketing)
- Three design samples (design)
- Optional: Relevant portfolio or personal website
Jessica Keaton-Young, managing editor
260 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
Alternately, you may email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. General inquiries about the internship should also be sent to this email address.
Fall semester: August 15
Winter/spring semester: December 15
Summer semester: April 15 (applications received by April 1 have priority)