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Oct. 17, 2019 — Chalkbeat is now looking for summer interns to report on education in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, New York City, and Memphis.

Company Description

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Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. It is mission-driven, in that it believes that every child deserves an excellent education, and that a strong press is vital to making that happen. Yet it is also fiercely independent, in that it does not take a position on the best path for achieving equity.

Its reporting teams cover schools in seven cities — Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Newark, and New York City — and its national bureau covers issues affecting schools across the country.

Job Description

Chalkbeat is seeking motivated undergraduate or graduate students to serve as summer reporting interns. The 10-week paid internship from June to August 2020 offers students the opportunity to work alongside some of the nation’s top education journalists at a dynamic, rapidly growing organization.

Interns will work 40-hour weeks and undertake daily education news assignments, work on enterprise stories, and participate in our reporting teams in every way. 


You’re energized by our mission and excited to help build a news organization that re-imagines daily newsgathering while embracing traditional journalistic values.

You have a passion for public policy and social issues journalism, strong reporting and writing skills, and comfort working in digital media.

You’re an entrepreneurial, creative, energetic, and tenacious reporter.

Candidates should have:

  • Clips that demonstrate strong reporting and writing skills.
  • Meaningful high school, college, or professional journalism experience.
  • A passion for and curiosity about education.

How to Apply

To complete our 2020 Internship application, please click here. More info here.


Chalkbeat will review applications in three rounds:

  • Dec. 1 – Priority Deadline
  • Feb. 2 – Second Deadline
  • March 15 – Final Deadline

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