Reporting Internships

The best start here...

...and end up at The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, CBS-TV, ABC News and Ebony magazine, to name a few.

The Chicago Reporter is seeking dedicated students and graduates looking for researching, reporting and Web experience.

Interns at the Reporter learn about investigative reporting the right way—by doing it. Their time is not wasted running errands, stuffing envelopes or doing busy work. Instead, they perform a variety of research duties: They do clip checks and search court and property records. They also learn how to get information through Freedom of Information Requests.

In addition, interns gain experience compiling and analyzing information using database and spreadsheet programs. They also help fact check and copy edit stories.

The Reporter also accepts interns to work on our Web site, learning to post pages and developing features that do not appear in the print publication.

Generally, interns start at three different periods: summer (May/June), fall (August/September), winter/spring (January). Applications are due at March 15 (summer), June 15 (fall), November 15 (winter/spring).

Interns work between 10-5 Monday-Friday, and the Reporter requires that each intern put in at least THREE FULL DAYS a week. It's not required to receive school credits. The Reporter provides a small stipend to cover the cost of public transportation.

To apply for an internship, send your resume, along with a cover letter, and at least three PUBLISHED CLIPS by mail or email them to Susan Smith Richardson, Editor and Publisher, 111 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 820, Chicago, IL, 60604, or NO CALLS, please.