Apply to be an Intern

For more than three decades The Nation Institute, in conjunction with The Nation magazine, has provided an internship program for early-career journalists interested in journalism and publishing.

The Nation Institute, a nonprofit media center, has a dynamic range of programs, including a bestselling book publishing imprint, Nation Books; an award-winning Investigative Fund which supports investigative journalism; Journalism Fellowships that support established and emerging reporters; the website TomDispatch; prize programs to support whistleblowing, journalism, and social justice; and this internship program with The Nation magazine.

The Nation is America's oldest continuously published weekly magazine and the most widely read journal of opinion. Founded by antislavery abolitionists in 1865, The Nation is a journal of politics, culture, books, and the arts. Historic contributors include W.E.B. Du Bois, Willa Cather, James Agee, Hannah Arendt, James Baldwin, Gore Vidal, Sylvia Plath, Martin Luther King Jr., Hunter S. Thompson, Lillian Hellman, Kurt Vonnegut, Edward Said, John Leonard, and Molly Ivins. The Nation's contemporary writers include Naomi Klein, John Nichols, Eric Foner, Patricia Williams, Katha Pollitt, Marilynne Robinson, William Deresiewicz, Eric Alterman, Walter Mosley, Ralph Nader, Melissa Harris-Perry, Christopher Hayes, Bill McKibben, Joan Walsh, Mychal Denzel Smith, Dave Zirin, Katrina vanden Heuvel, and Calvin Trillin.

Our internship program offers two internship sessions a year, with the following positions available during each session:

Editorial Internships at The Nation:

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.

*Please note: the Don & Doris Shaffer Internship is not available for the Winter/Spring 2017 session.

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.

The internship is full time, five days a week.

Compensation and Credit: 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.

Application Procedure: 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.
  • A resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation with contact information for the referees included. Letters may be emailed directly by recommenders, or may be uploaded with the rest of your application materials.
  • Answers to the application questions found here.

Please visit our online application portal to submit your application.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications submitted through postal mail or email will not be considered. All application materials become the property of The Nation Institute. Please address all queries to naomi@nationinstitute.org. No phone calls, please.

This internship is funded in part by the generous support of the Grover family, in honor of Harriet and Perry Grover.

Deadlines and Duration of Program

Winter/Spring 2017:

Application deadline: October 17, 2016
Notification deadline: November 18, 2016
Program duration: January 3 - June 30, 2017

Summer/Fall 2017:

Application deadline: April 1, 2017
Notification deadline: May 5, 2017
Program duration: June 27 - December 15, 2017 

The Nation Institute is an equal-opportunity employer.