Founded by abolitionists in 1865, The Nation is America’s oldest weekly magazine, serving as a critical, independent voice in American journalism and a platform for investigative reporting and spirited debate on issues of import to the progressive community. Through changing times and fashions, The Nation and TheNation.com offer consistently informed and inspired reporting and analysis of breaking news, politics, social issues and the arts—never faltering in our editorial commitment to what Nation Publisher Emeritus Victor Navasky has called “a dissenting, independent, trouble-making, idea-launching journal of critical opinion.” For 150 years, The Nation has uniquely chronicled the breadth of American political and cultural life and is often considered the “flagship” of the political Left. We don’t just talk about progress, we instigate it. The Nation has a proud history of connecting thinkers with doers, of seeking out and amplifying the best ideas and the most thought-provoking, engaging and talented voices—many of whom were ahead of their time.
Editorial interns experience a comprehensive immersion into The Nation and TheNation.com’s editorial processes. These interns’ primary responsibilities include fact-checking for the magazine and website, providing research support to Nation writers and editors, and assisting bloggers on TheNation.com. Interns are not expected to arrive with fact-checking or digital media experience and will be extensively trained in those areas, though a familiarity with The Nation and the range of issues we cover is essential. These interns are based in the magazine’s New York City offices.
Editorial Internship at the Investigative Fund:
The Don and Doris Shaffer Intern is dedicated to working with the Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund, assisting in the creation and distribution of long-form investigative pieces that appear in a wide variety of media outlets. This intern will conduct research for reporters and editors, do in-depth fact-checking, and assist with push-out on stories. This intern also occasionally works on Institute-related projects and is based at the Institute’s New York City offices.
All interns participate in educational seminars with journalists, academics, and activists who come by our offices to speak to interns about their work. Recent guests have included Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner, author and critic Vivian Gornick, Nation Institute fellow Sharif Abdel Kouddous, senior editor of The Atlantic Ta-Nehisi Coates, and New Yorker staff writer Rachel Aviv. Interns are encouraged to suggest people they would like to come in and speak with the group.
Deadlines and Duration of Program
Application deadline: October 16, 2017
Notification deadline: November 10, 2017
Program duration: January 2 – June 29, 2018
Application deadline: April 1, 2018
Notification deadline: May 4, 2018
Program duration: June 26 – December 21, 2018
Paid or Credit only
The internship is full-time, five days a week. Interns are paid $15 per hour, $525 per week. Whenever possible, The Nation Institute will assist interns in arranging for academic or work-study credit.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit the following:
A cover letter that explains why you want to work for The Nation. Please mention Nation writers you follow and/or Nation pieces you’ve enjoyed. If you are applying for the Don and Doris Shaffer internship position, please explain your interest in working with the Investigative Fund and mention some IFund stories you found interesting. If you are applying for both positions, please address both.
Two letters of recommendation with contact information for the referees included. Letters may be emailed directly by recommenders to email@example.com, or may be uploaded with the rest of your application materials.
Answers to the application questions found here.
Applications for the winter/spring 2018 session are now open. Please visit our online application portal to submit your application.