The Wall Street Journal part-time spring internship program is an opportunity for college juniors, seniors and graduate students to be immersed in our Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom, working with some of the best journalists in the world, while continuing to attend school.
The 15-week, paid part-time internship program offers hands-on work experience, one-on-one mentorship, plus orientation and tailored training sessions. Interns are treated like staff members and are encouraged to pitch their own stories and projects. The summer 2021 interns reported front-page news, created interactive graphics, edited photo projects, wrote colorful features, produced videos, assisted in daily production of podcasts, reported and produced long form narrative podcast episodes, curated and published our journalism across platforms, and much more.
To apply, students need to live or attend school in the New York or Washington D.C. metropolitan areas, as the inaugural spring internship program will be based in those bureaus. Preference would be given to: applicants who come from underrepresented communities; students at local public schools; students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), or Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs); and members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA).
We strive to be a welcoming, diverse newsroom. You don’t need to be an expert in business or finance to apply, but you do need to be curious and eager to learn. The program has a storied history as a pipeline to a full-time job at the Journal, whether immediately or down the road.
The Wall Street Journal’s reporting internships in the U.S. are designed for students who intend to pursue a career in journalism. The majority of our interns will be based in New York, with one or a couple assigned to Washington D.C.
You will work closely with other reporters and editors to deliver prompt, accurate reporting of news. You will be expected to generate your own story ideas and follow those stories through to completion with supervision and guidance from an editor.
You should be a self-starter who understands the needs of our growing audience on various platforms and is able to work independently under deadline pressure. Dedication to high journalism standards and excellent writing and reporting skills are required. A demonstrated interest in business reporting is a plus, though prior business/finance reporting experience is not required.
The screening process puts heavy emphasis on journalistic experience. You should have completed at least one prior reporting internship with another professional media organization, or published exceptional work with a campus news outlet or as a freelancer.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit a resume, cover letter and no more than five published clips. (PDFs are ideal.) Only complete applications will be considered. The deadline to apply is Oct. 15, 2021.
If you have a beat or location preference, please indicate your top choices in your cover letter. Assignments may include:
- In New York: general breaking news, breaking business news, professional news, U.S. news, sports, social media and news publishing.
- In Washington, D.C.: economics and politics.
Spring internships can take place between January and early May to accommodate the schedules of students who are still enrolled in school. Interns will be required to work a minimum of 16 hours to a maximum of 20 hours per week over 15 weeks, depending on their class load.
Only finalists will be contacted. We will review applications on a rolling basis and strive to make selections before Thanksgiving.
WILL I BE PAID?
Yes, interns are paid a rate of $25.71 an hour, and there may be a stipend to help with the cost of public transportation. We do not provide housing, but we can help point you in the right direction.