The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. The members of ASME include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and on digital platforms. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, protect editorial independence and support the development of journalism. ASME sponsors the Ellie Awards in association with the Columbia Journalism School and publishes the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers.
For over 50 years, the American Society of Magazine Editors has sponsored the Magazine Internship Program—a ten-week program for rising college seniors at magazines in New York and Washington. Since the program was founded in 1967, 2,000 college students have worked as ASME interns. Nearly 500 have gone on to successful careers in print and electronic journalism.
Only 10 percent of all Magazine Internship Program applicants are accepted. ASME interns have distinguished academic records and usually have extensive experience working on city and regional magazines or websites as well as on college newspapers and magazines.
ASME interns participate in a three-day orientation program and learn the fundamentals of reporting, fact checking and copy editing. Over the course of the summer, ASME interns attend special events in New York and Washington and meet regularly with top editors.
ASME interns report, edit, fact-check and copy-edit for print and online publications. They may sometimes interview celebrities, attend press conferences and work the red carpet—but most of the summer they do the un-glam but essential work of magazine journalism.
The Magazine Internship Program orientation begins on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at ASME in New York. All ASME interns are expected to attend orientation, including interns assigned to magazines outside New York. Orientation concludes on Friday, June 1. ASME interns begin work at their assigned magazines on Monday, June 4; the Magazine Internship Program concludes on Friday, August 10.
Paid or for credit only
Paid minimum wage
How to apply
Applicants must complete their junior year before June 2018 and expect to graduate in June 2019. Only full-time students with a grade point average of at least 3.0 will be considered for an
internship. Potential applicants should review the application requirements at asmeinternship.org. Your application must include:
• A completed application
• A one-page cover letter (addressed to Nina Fortuna, Director, ASME) explaining why you are interested in magazine journalism; why you want to participate in the Magazine Internship Program; and what qualifies you to be an ASME intern. The selection committee wants to know how your course of study has prepared you to be an ASME intern and how you plan to use the skills and insights you gain from participation in the Magazine Internship Program not only to advance your career but to benefit the publications where you work your senior year
• A one-page letter of recommendation from an educator who can attest to your abilities and experience
• A one-page letter of recommendation from an intern supervisor or employer who can attest to your abilities and experience
• A current resume
• No more than 10 clips from a college newspaper or magazine or from a newspaper or magazine where you have interned or worked that demonstrate reporting skills as well as an interest in and knowledge of a range of topics
• A nonrefundable processing fee of $40