The Nation, America’s leading source of progressive politics and culture, will assume sole responsibility for an internship program which has been administered in partnership between The Nation and The Nation Institute since 1978. The Victor S. Navasky Internship Program, widely regarded as one of the finest and most rigorous programs for early career journalists, will now be fully managed by The Nation magazine.
“The Nation Institute has been a great steward of this program for nearly 40 years,” said Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher of The Nation. “At a moment when facts and rigor are sorely lacking in the public arena, the internship program has set the gold standard for excellence. We are proud to assume full responsibility for the program and invest in a new generation of journalists.”
Participants in the program experience a comprehensive immersion into The Nation and TheNation.com’s editorial processes, with rigorous training in the work of fact-checking, investigative reporting, research support, and web production. Interns are also given the opportunity to attend educational seminars with prominent magazine writers, respected thought-leaders, veteran editors, and publishing staff. Alumni of the internship program have gone on to produce award-winning, breakthrough journalism, with bylines appearing at hundreds of leading media institutions around the world.
“We have been so proud to help jumpstart the careers of over a thousand journalists, providing critical training and nurturing diverse voices as they enter the field,” said Taya Kitman, Executive Director of The Nation Institute. “But as we evolve and continue to grow our programs, it makes sense for the magazine to assume full control of the internship. It will be in great hands, and The Nation Institute will continue its commitment to mentoring through our fellowships for emerging journalists.”
The Nation Institute, a nonprofit media center, will focus on developing its core programs, including a bestselling book publishing imprint, Nation Books; an award-winning Investigative Fund that supports investigative journalism; Journalism Fellowships that support established and emerging reporters; the website TomDispatch; and prize programs to support whistleblowing, truth-telling and social justice.
The Nation will continue to offer a spring and a fall internship each year, with cohorts lasting for six months and consisting of six interns per class. Interns work full-time and are paid $15-an-hour. Although applications are closed for the next cycle, additional information about the program can be found here.
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