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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 EXTENDED: Wednesday, March 25, 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.  It is likely that your cover letter and resume will be sent to multiple organizations for consideration, so do not address your cover letter to any specific organization.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 25, 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.

Chicago Tribune

Interested in working for a large urban daily newspaper? Come intern at the most-read daily newspaper of the Chicago metropolitan area and the Great Lakes region! You will have the opportunity to create content for all platforms of The Chicago Tribune; interns will be encouraged to develop, report, analyze and write original news stories.  The Tribune is seeking an intern to create content for all platforms that engages audiences and supports the newsroom’s mission to inform and connect our community. A successful candidate will develop, report, analyze and create original news and enterprise stories in text and other forms. Besides having strong writing and reporting skills, the ideal candidate has a basic understanding of: assessing audience through basic metrics; publishing on other platforms such as social media; and the basics of making photos and videos. Interns have the opportunity to develop a mini-beat if he or she has a strong interest in a topic, issue or trend. Tribune Journalists must possess initiative, creativity, good news judgment, attention to detail, self-direction, the ability to multitask and meet deadlines, the ability and desire to work with a team, a strong command of the English language and a commitment to accuracy. They should have a basic understanding of digital trends, social media and audience metrics.

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).

Detroit Public Television

Come work for WTVS Detroit Public Television (DPTV), the viewer-supported PBS member station serving the nation's 11th largest television market. DPTV produces local programs that showcase culture, news and analysis. Interns will work in areas such as Instagram account management, digital video production, news reporting, digital asset creation, digital marketing, digital content management, and visual archiving.

There are two summer internships available at DPTV:


The Manchester Mirror

Are you interested in exploring the world of community journalism? Work for The Manchester Mirror, a weekly newspaper that covers the Manchester, Michigan area including Bridgewater Township, Freedom Township, Sharon Township and Manchester Township all located in the nearby southwest corner of Washtenaw County.

Michigan News

Have you ever wondered how the University of Michigan conveys U-M news to the broader world? Michigan News is the central campus office that promotes research, major events, expertise and programs to enhance the university’s reputation around the world. Michigan News uses multiple methods and platforms for storytelling, including news release distribution, social media engagement and multimedia production. Interns working with Michigan News may work on a specific publication or project, or may be able to work across the organization.


MLive Environmental Journalism Internship

Are you interested in writing about environmental issues across Michigan?

Come work with environmental reporters at MLive Media Group, the #1 news and information site in Michigan. Mickey Ciokajlo, Regional News Manager, will supervise the intern selected for this position. The intern can work out of either the Ann Arbor or Kalamazoo office.

Ann Arbor Location - An Ann Arbor-based intern will work with award-winning editor and writer Paula Gardner.  Paula (a UM grad), is a veteran reporter who writes about a range of Michigan issues.

Kalamazoo Location - A Kalamazoo-based intern will work with journalist Garret Ellison, who has specialized in reporting on PFAS and their impact on Michigan residents. He broke the story of Nestle’s request to pump more groundwater from Michigan for bottling, for which he was awarded the Public Notice Resource Center’s Public Notice Journalism Award.


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?