The Wall Street Journal’s internship program is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students who intend to pursue a career in journalism.
This is a paid summer internship , which lasts for a 10-week period. The summer internships generally take place over June, July and August, though start dates can be flexible in certain circumstances.
Include a cover letter, resume and up to six published samples of your work (written and/or multi-media) in your online application, which is due no later than midnight Eastern time on Nov. 1, 2016.
The screening process puts heavy emphasis on clips and journalistic experience. Most of those chosen have had prior internships with other media organizations as well as experience on a campus newspaper or as a freelancer. Only finalists will be contacted.
Interns are placed in various U.S. cities and, when appropriate, some of our bureaus in Canada or Latin America. For example, past interns have worked with the Money & Investing section in NYC, covered the auto industry from Detroit and handled general assignment reporting out of Los Angeles.
Interns work closely with reporters and editors to deliver prompt, accurate reporting of news relevant to their beat. Interns write market commentary and forward-looking features, analyze market data and generally hone their journalistic skills. Interns are expected to generate their own story ideas appropriate for the section to which they are assigned and follow the stories through to completion with supervision and guidance from an editor.
Interns should be self-starters who understand the needs of the paper’s growing readership on various real-time, online, mobile and print platforms. Dedication to high journalism standards, proof of excellent writing skills and dogged reporting are absolute musts. Candidates should have prior reporting experience and a demonstrated interest in news as well as the ability to work independently and under deadline pressure.
It helps for applicants to state if they have a location preference and if they have any preferences in subject matter (for example: metro, economics, politics, finance, arts, WSJ. magazine, etc.). We cannot guarantee to meet your preferences, but it helps us when placing finalists.