Newsroom intern

Editorial Charlotte, NC Raleigh, NC


Our interns are a vital part of our news organizations. We value them, and the skills and energy they bring to our newsrooms. Our goals: 

(1) Train aspiring journalists in the principles and rigors of their desired profession. 

(2) Bring new voices to our newsroom to give us fresh perspectives. 

(3) Put you to work. You’ll write stories, shoot photos and videos, and create engaging social media content. 

The program works like this

  • Internships are full-time, 10 weeks. The schedule may include evening and weekend hours. Interns do not work on holidays.
  • Interns earn $500 per week for the 10-week summer internship.
  • The internship is open to sophomores, rising/current juniors and seniors and graduating seniors.
  • Interns must currently be enrolled in a four-year degree program or have recently graduated.
  • Each intern is assigned an editor and a mentor. These staffers will oversee your work, guide you, work with you on perfecting your journalism, help solve problems and navigate the newsroom. 

Qualifications include: 

  • A collaborative work ethic and a strong desire to learn.
  • Deep curiosity, healthy skepticism and the drive to find answers.
  • Solid news judgment and high ethical standards.
  • Understanding of the professional use of social media in newsgathering and audience development.
  • Quick study of technology and tools used in news-gathering. 
  • Experience working at a college publication, either print or online, is preferred.
  • A previous internship or freelance experience is a plus.

Deadline is December 6.

Important -- applicants should include:

  • A one-page cover letter that summarizes why you want to be an intern in our newsroom, and includes your newsroom preference: The Charlotte Observer in Charlotte, N.C.; The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.; or either one.  
  • Resume that includes links to your public social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram). 
  • Links to samples of your work.
  • If available: Personal website or portfolio.
  • At least two references.