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2018 Summer Internships

2018 Summer Internships

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The Chautauquan Daily seeks student interns who are looking to build upon their academic and student media experience in the areas of feature writing, photography, page design and copy editing for its 2018 summer season. As the official newspaper of Chautauqua Institution, the Daily reaches a group of informed and critical readers like no other community newspaper in the United States. About the Daily →

Chautauqua Institution, located in the southwest corner of New York state, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to lifelong learning. Chautauqua’s programs aim to renew the spirit, stimulate the mind, value the arts, and promote physical well-being. The famed lecture platform hosts well-known daily speakers discussing a broad range of major contemporary issues. During the evenings, guests enjoy the symphony, ballet, opera, theater, visual arts and popular entertainers.

Internships with The Chautauquan Daily are highly competitive and have attracted candidates from the best journalism, photojournalism and visual communications programs in the United States. Daily interns are allowed latitude and creativity in performing their roles while simultaneously receiving close supervision and professional guidance — all to enhance their continued growth and development. Alums of our program have landed positions with prominent newspapers and news media organizations, book publishers, colleges and universities, and arts and civic organizations, or continued on to other prestigious internships, fellowships and graduate programs.

Reporters

The official daily newspaper of Chautauqua Institution welcomes applications for summer 2018 reporting internships. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through early spring.

The Chautauquan Daily is a unique opportunity for young writers to gain experience providing beat coverage within a daily newsroom — and to see their byline published nearly every day. Since 1876, the newspaper has served a community of critical and astute readers and has also functioned as the historical record for Chautauqua Institution. This is an ideal experience for building a portfolio for careers in writing and the media. The prestige of Chautauqua Institution enhances the value of work published during the internship.

All reporting interns are assigned to beats covering the Institution’s wide variety of summer programming, including the fine and performing arts; religious and interfaith events and issues; prominent speakers addressing major contemporary topics; philanthropy and development; recreational activities; and environmental issues. Summer reporting internships at Chautauqua are open to undergraduate and graduate students whose studies include journalism or professional writing, or skilled, experienced writers studying within the fields the Daily covers. The ideal candidate has the initiative and work ethic to cover a beat with little prompting from the editors, demonstrates a good grasp of grammar and spelling, and brings a positive, resilient, team-first attitude to his or her work. Experience in newswriting and knowledge of AP style are helpful. Personal experience, academic studies or strong interest in the areas of Daily coverage can be beneficial and will be taken into consideration during the hiring process.

The summer 2018 internship runs from June 12 to Aug. 24. (Special arrangements can be made for successful candidates whose classes begin prior to Aug. 24.) The Daily is published six days a week. Interns receive a full-season Chautauqua Institution gate pass, provided housing on or near the Institution grounds, and a stipend to cover living expenses.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, the names of at least three references and samples of your writing to editor Sara Toth at stoth@chq.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Photographers

The Chautauquan Daily, official newspaper of Chautauqua Institution, seeks photography interns to serve as its four staff photographers for the 2018 summer season. The internship runs from June 12 to Aug. 24. The Daily is a 12- to 28-page broadsheet newspaper that is published six days per week for nine weeks. Publication dates are Monday through Saturday, from June 23 to Aug. 25.

The Daily’s photographers enjoy unrivaled access to all aspects of the Chautauqua community and are challenged by a range of assignments, including lectures (some well-known speakers ranging from senators to astronauts), evening performances (some Grammy- and Tony-winning entertainers), operas and plays, shots requested by reporters, portraiture, feature hunting and photo essays. Photographers are also required to pursue at least one comprehensive project that deeply explores and shares the story of an aspect of the Chautauqua community.

Summer photography internships at Chautauqua are open to undergraduate and graduate students whose studies include photography or photojournalism, or who have extensive photography experience in student media. The ideal candidate has the initiative and work ethic to complete assignments with little prompting from the editors, demonstrates strong technical and communication skills, and brings a positive, resilient, team-first attitude to his or her work. Proficiency with Adobe software, knowledge of AP style and general writing skills are helpful.

Daily interns receive a full-season Chautauqua Institution gate pass, provided housing on or near the Institution grounds, and a stipend to cover living expenses.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, the names of at least three references and a link to your portfolio to editor Sara Toth at stoth@chq.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Designers

The official daily newspaper of Chautauqua Institution welcomes applications for summer 2018 news design internships. The internship runs from June 12 to Aug. 24.

Four design interns will be hired. Working together, they will be responsible for designing a 12- to 28-page broadsheet newspaper six days per week for nine weeks, including all front pages and section fronts. Workdays are Sunday through Friday for publication dates Monday through Saturday, from June 23 to Aug. 25.

Working within InDesign, design interns will place ads and create well-designed pages from content generated by the Daily’s reporting and photography staff. Creativity and collaboration are strongly encouraged, as are special projects such as illustrations and infographics, independently or with others on staff. The Daily prides itself on providing readers with an innovative, progressive take on classic newspaper design.

Summer news design internships at Chautauqua are open to undergraduate and graduate students whose studies include graphic design or visual communication, or who have extensive design experience in student media. The ideal candidate is proficient in InDesign and Photoshop, demonstrates strong newspaper or general page-design skills, and brings a positive, resilient, team-first attitude to his or her work. Knowledge of AP style and general writing skills are helpful.

Daily interns receive a full-season Chautauqua Institution gate pass, provided housing on or near the Institution grounds, and a stipend to cover living expenses.

To apply, send a resume, the names of at least three references and samples of your work to editor Sara Toth at stoth@chq.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Copy Editors

The official daily newspaper of Chautauqua Institution welcomes applications for summer 2018 copy editing interns. The internship runs from June 12 to Aug. 24.

Two copy editors will be hired. Working together and closely with the editors, they will be responsible for reading and editing copy for a 12- to 28-page broadsheet newspaper six days per week for nine weeks. Workdays are Sunday through Friday for publication dates Monday through Saturday, from June 23 to Aug. 25.

Since 1876, The Chautauquan Daily has served the Chautauqua community with information about current events and as the historical record of Chautauqua Institution. Daily readers are critical and astute; the quality and accuracy of coverage matters to them.

Copy editors will edit the work of 18 staff writers for accuracy and clarity, grammar, spelling and AP style; edit and write suggested headlines; flow formatted copy into InDesign; and work with the editors to enforce deadlines and ensure a seamless production process. The ideal candidate is knowledgeable in AP style, demonstrates strong grammar, spelling and communication skills, and brings a positive, resilient,
team-first attitude to his or her work. Proficiency in InDesign is helpful.

Daily interns receive a full-season Chautauqua Institution gate pass, provided housing on or near the Institution grounds, and a stipend to cover living expenses.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, the names of at least three references and samples of your writing to editor Sara Toth at stoth@chq.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until both positions are filled.

Digital

With a robust website, growing social media presence and plenty of high-quality content, the Daily and Chautauqua Institution provide an exciting environment to experiment with digital tools for audience engagement.

Contact editor Sara Toth at stoth@chq.org for more information and application instructions

Internships with the Daily run June 12 to Aug. 24, 2018. (Special arrangements can be made for successful candidates whose classes begin prior to Aug. 24.) Interns receive a full-season Chautauqua Institution gate pass, provided housing on or near the Institution grounds, and a stipend to help cover living expenses.*

Those interested in working at The Chautauquan Daily during the summer of 2018 should contact Sara Toth, editor, via email. See the position-specific tabs above for further instructions. All applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

*Interns are not considered employees for minimum wage purposes under New York State labor law. Check with your college or university to see if your internship qualifies for academic credit.