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Company Description

Slate is a daily magazine on the web. Founded in 1996, we are a general-interest publication offering analysis and commentary about politics, news, business, technology, and culture. Slate’s strong editorial voice and witty take on current events have been recognized with numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online. The site, which is owned by Graham Holdings Company, does not charge for access and is supported by advertising revenues.

Job Descriptions

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Science Internship

Slate’s science section is seeking an intern to work three days a week out of the Brooklyn office. We are looking for someone who is organized, motivated, and an original thinker; is familiar with our science section; and has plenty of story ideas (and opinions). The ideal applicant would be a top-notch reporter with a strong nose for bullshit and a proven track record asking smart questions and finding reliable answers. The intern will help assist with reprints and light research, but the bulk of the time will be devoted to pitching, reporting, and writing. A background in science is a plus.

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why you’re right for the job, a résumé, and either a clip that shows work that would fit in at Slate or a story idea for the science section. Please send these as one PDF to

The fall internship will run roughly from September to December and will accept applications through June 20. The spring internship will run from January to May and will accept applications through Oct. 20. Pay is $12 an hour. The weekly schedule is flexible depending on the needs of the applicant.

Social Media Internship

Slate seeks a social media intern to help its audience engagement team grow and engage its audience across various platforms. We’re looking for a true internet connoisseur with a clear voice for our feeds and a reliable but flexible schedule to help us maintain a strong, consistent social presence.

Candidates for the social media internship must be social-media savvy, have a proven interest in journalism, and be very familiar with Slate. They should have an eye for detail, be highly organized, and able to work independently. This is a paid internship.

To apply for the 2017 Slate social media internship, include a brief cover letter and a résumé and a short critique that highlights one Slate tweet and one Slate Facebook post that you think could be improved. In 100 words or less, tell us what you would do to make these posts more shareable and/or clickable.

Send these materials in single PDF to with the subject line “Social Media Internship.” Only finalists will be contacted. The position is open for an immediate start date, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Culture Internship

Candidates for the culture internship must be available to work in Slate’s New York office 30 hours per week. They must be highly organized, have a proven interest in the arts, and be very familiar with Slate. They must also be able to work quickly, efficiently, and without much supervision. Strong writing and editing skills are required. To apply, include a résumé, a cover letter that clearly outlines your availability and cultural interests, as well as an original 400-word Brow Beat post about a cultural topic that interests you.

To apply for the New York fall editorial internship, please send applications to by July 30.

Editorial and Audio Summer Internship

Slate hires editorial interns for Slate Plus, our membership program. Candidates must be available to work 29 hours per week in Slate’s Brooklyn office. This position is paid hourly and involves writing, editing, fact-checking, and some light audio editing and production. The ideal candidate is an idea-generating machine who works quickly and independently.

To apply, include a résumé, one clip or writing sample, a cover letter that doesn’t put us to sleep, and a 300-word critique of Slate’s membership program. Send the materials mentioned above to with the subject line “Slate Plus internship.”

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