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Summer Journalism Internship Opportunities

The English Department’s new summer internship program in journalism offers students the unusual opportunity to get on-the-job experience at local media outlets.  Internships are available at venues both in Detroit and in Ann Arbor and vary in length from 8-12 weeks.  It is likely that the 8-12 weeks will occur from May-August.  Exact timing will vary from placement to placement.

The English Department will offer funding to at least five successful applicants. While all LSA students are welcome to apply, preference will be given to English majors and minors and students who have enrolled in one or more journalism-related courses in the Department of English.


Application Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2020

The Spring/Summer 2020 application will be live on February 3, 2020

How to Apply & Selection Process:

  • Review the Summer 2020 Journalism Internship Partner Information to decide which internships best match your interests and abilities.
  • Update your cover letter and resume.  Cover letters should be addressed to: Internship Director Lisa Makman.
  • Select the writing samples that best showcase your writing talent. 
  • Complete the Application by the March 20, 2020, deadline.

Applications will be screened by a faculty committee, which will then forward materials of qualified applicants to our partner organizations, which will make final decisions.

Selected students will be paid for their internships through the Department of English at a rate of roughly $15/hour.

Internship Partners

Ann Arbor Family

Interested in issues related to parenting and child culture? Ann Arbor Family has provided top-notch family-oriented news for our community for over twenty years. Work with experienced writer and editor Laura Eliason, who will provide support as you perform research, write stories, create family guides, and report on news in areas like children’s health and child rearing.

Ann Arbor Observer

Would you like to work locally with the community’s longest-running monthly magazine? The popular Ann Arbor Observer has a history in our community that reaches back almost fifty years. It provides county residents with local news, reviews, and calendars of events. The Observer also publishes the highly-regarded annual City Guide. Students interning at the Observer will have the opportunity to research and write articles for the City Guide, to work on expanding the Observer’s website, and/or to produce copy under the supervision of events editor, Katie Whitney. This internship has flexible hours and a flexible time frame.

Bridge Magazine

Are you interested in working with Michigan’s prime nonpartisan, nonprofit news source? The aim of Bridge Magazine is to publish in-depth news and analysis focused on issues affecting Michigan. In this internship, you will work with award-winning journalists in Bridge offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Lansing The work will include in-person and telephone interviews, as well as reporting and writing stories independently and in collaboration with Bridge journalists. Bridge is a fast-paced, mission-focused environment, making it a great place for an aspiring journalist to gain experience. A willingness to drive to various assignments and workplaces is a must for this internship. Experience with publications, such as the Michigan Daily, and experience working under and meeting tight deadlines is a plus but not a requirement.

Current Magazine

Interested in identifying new cultural trends? Do you love writing about food, art, film, and music? Join the innovative staff at Current Magazine and write about the local scene. Work with experienced mentor Trilby Becker, senior editor at Current, who will give you many opportunities to research, write, and edit stories about Ann Arbor places, events and trends. 

Detroit Free Press

Interested in working at a large and renowned daily paper? The award-winning Detroit Free Press is looking for high-energy, self-starting interns to join the largest news organization in Michigan for 10-12 week assignments on our breaking and trending news team on a full-time or part-time basis. The candidates for these positions will be responsible for researching, reporting and writing compelling journalism and shooting videos that continuously grows audience – particularly our mobile audience – by informing and engaging readers on all platforms. Interns will be asked to provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues and trending news, connecting with readers through social media, while working with the content coach and web team to shape storytelling to meet audience needs and interests. Applicants should have some familiarity with journalism (a journalism course or college newspaper experience).

The Michigan Chronicle

Come work with the talented staff at the Chronicle, which has been in print since 1936. The Chronicle is a weekly Detroit-based newspaper, serving the African-American community. Interning at The Chronicle, you will have the opportunity to research, write and edit stories. You will go out on assignment, meeting with community leaders, dignitaries and, occasionally, celebrities. 

National Public Radio, Stateside

Interested in the cultural and political life of Michiganders? Do you have ideas about what issues, topics, and questions Michigan residents care about? Join the team at NPR, where you will work with executive producer Joe Linstroth, the Production Intern at Stateside. Pitch your ideas, book guests, record audio, assist with social media, and write web posts. For this internship, you will need to submit a second writing sample as well as two pitches for possible Stateside segments that answer the following: What is the topic or question you want to explore? Why should Michigan residents care about it? Who should we talk to?