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Aspiring Writers, Reporters and Editors: Here’s a Summer Internship for You

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A good internship can be hard to find.

A remote internship that allows you to head back to your hometown for the summer and work from the comfort of your parents’ house?

Nearly unheard of.

One thing we should get out of the way: These opportunities are unpaid. (But that’s not all bad!)

Of course, it’s up to you whether an unpaid internship is worth your time when you could be making money at a summer job — or if the experience and learning opportunity outweighs the chance to earn some extra cash for the fall semester.

But as long as your unpaid internship isn’t an abuse of the system, there’s no reason it can’t be an invaluable experience in so many ways.

The bottom line is that a remote summer internship could be an ideal situation for many college students — so we’ve found an opportunity for writing, editorial and journalism students who are looking to receive meaningful instruction and a few good bylines out of the deal.

Apply for a Remote Internship at Study Breaks

Study Breaks is an independently run print and online magazine written, edited and illustrated by college students.

The company is looking for interns for summer 2018 who want to write, edit, buff up their journalism skills and learn the ins and outs of the digital-publishing industry.

Each internship lasts four months. The writing and journalism internships start May 28, and the editing internship starts May 14.

These are unpaid positions, but college credit can be provided upon request.

Writing Internship at Study Breaks

Writing interns will pitch and submit one article of 1,000 words per week. These articles will be used on the website and may be included in a print version of Study Breaks.

Each week, you’ll receive feedback and coaching from the editing team and, according to the Indeed listing, you’ll also have the opportunity to workshop pieces via video conference with several other students.

Along with accruing bylines, you’ll also be able to network with student writers, editors and photographers across the country.

Applicants for this position must:

  • Be a current college student with an “.edu” email address
  • Have plenty of creativity and a passion for writing
  • Be punctual and able to meet the weekly deadline
  • Be able to devote 10 to 12 hours per week

To apply for a writing internship at Study Breaks, follow the instructions and fill out the application form here. The deadline is May 14.

Editing Internship at Study Breaks

Editing interns will edit, fact check, upload articles and provide feedback to the student writers.

You’ll get a chance to practice skills such as correcting typos and stylistic errors and will ensure content is properly formatted and follows writing guidelines. You’ll also create titles, descriptions and captions for various content and will learn to use WordPress.

Each week, an editing mentor will review your work in an individual session to help you improve your editing skills and analytical capacities.

Applicants for this position must:

  • Be a current college student majoring in English, journalism, editing or a related field
  • Have an “.edu” email address
  • Be able to devote up to 15 hours per week
  • Be punctual and able to meet deadlines

To apply for an editing internship at Study Breaks, follow the instructions and fill out the application form here. The deadline is April 25.

Journalism Internship at Study Breaks

Journalism interns will work as part of the “rapid response” team to cover breaking news.

You will cover three stories per week, each between 350 and 500 words long. These will focus on trending topics and developing stories and will be assigned by an editor, although you’ll have the opportunity to pitch ideas as well.

You’ll learn journalism basics such as using AP style, quoting sources and remaining objective, and will have the opportunity to practice creating engaging headlines, subtitles and ledes. You’ll also have the chance to learn to use various tools such as WordPress, Google Analytics, Slack, HARO and Google Trends.

You’ll participate in bimonthly individual review sessions where you’ll receive tailored writing feedback.

Applicants for this position must:

  • Be a current college student with an “.edu” email address
  • Have a passion for journalism and writing
  • Be able to commit to the tight turnaround and workload

To apply for a journalism internship at Study Breaks, follow the instructions and fill out the application form here. The deadline is May 14.

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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