As an unpaid Newcity intern, you will work about twenty hours a week during normal hours for about three months, as well as cover stories or work events from time to time during evenings and weekends. Duties might include editorial and writing, as well as marketing support and other project-oriented tasks. In other words, you have the chance to get involved in all aspects of publishing in print and online.
The internship is virtual, meaning your “office hours” will be at your own unsupervised virtual office and occasionally in our office, or at a weekly intern meeting downtown. You’ll need a laptop (we don’t have extra computers) and access to an internet connection when you’re not in the office.
Editorial duties include researching stories, fact-checking, compiling listings and a modicum of special projects of varying degrees of difficulty and drudgery. Interns should be prepared to do a ton of writing, some for print, most for our web sites. That means great writing skills and reporting experience, or at least an inclination to report. Interns generally do not write reviews, at least till they’ve proven themselves as writers and with a discerning sensibility.
If you’re interested, send a persuasive cover letter, resume and up to three writing samples to [email protected].
If you have areas of special interest that align with our core coverage areas (dining, books, music, nightlife, drinking, film, fashion, art, theater, dance, etc.) please note these. Whenever we can, we assign interns to a category of concentration. If you have any experience in producing video stories, we’re especially interested.
If you’re seeking a summer internship specifically, please note this accordingly and also let us know when you might be available, both for interviews and to work. We generally hire our summer interns on a rolling continuous basis starting in February.
“Coming out of past experience in small town and campus publications, Newcity sent me out from my first day to cover fascinating aspects of arts and culture around the city. While interviewing locally and nationally known authors on the literature beat, I was also able to report on a wide variety of urban events, from the Pitchfork Music Festival to sandcastle building competitions to slam poetry’s 25th anniversary. Not only providing a means to immerse myself in Chicago’s culture, Newcity also gave me an outlet to evolve as a reporter and build a great selection of clips.” —Michael Gillis, Dartmouth student
“My experience at Newcity was invaluable, not only because it gave me the opportunity to further hone my reporting skills and to be read by a nationwide audience, but also because allowed me to explore one of the greatest cities in the world in a way many people who live there don’t.” —Alex Baumgardner, recent graduate of Northwestern’s Medill masters’ program