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2021 Editorial Internships

The American Prospect is devoted to promoting informed discourse on public-policy matters from a progressive perspective through narrative interpretation of complex issues. We don’t just make magazines, we make a difference. 

The Prospect hosts three classes of interns each year with flexible dates ranging from January to April; May to August; and September to December. 

Editorial interns assist with research, fact-checking, social media, data entry and library services for both the print magazine and the daily website. Interns are encouraged to contribute editorially, writing book briefs and articles as assigned, and participating in generating story ideas, as well as pursuing their own projects under the guidance of Prospect staff. We encourage interns to fully integrate themselves into the Prospect’s editorial operations while taking full advantage of the public events only available in Washington, D.C.

This is the perfect internship for journalism, political science, and economics majors. Juniors, seniors and grad students are encouraged to apply. Full and part time internships available; stipend is $70 per day. 

Here's what recent interns have to say:  

I had the opportunity to fact-check and contribute research to an array of complex policy stories, as well as to pitch and write my own long-form features. I had the pleasure of working with an ambitious, encouraging staff who treated me like an essential member of the team. There’s no better place to launch your career as a political reporter. -- Claire Wang, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Class of 2019, Fall 2019 intern
The Prospect’s internship program was an invaluable experience for me. From fact-checking and research to developing original stories, I was regarded as a collaborative partner and young journalist, not as mere temporary labor. The Prospect takes its interns seriously—and in turn, interns contribute meaningfully to independent, progressive journalism. -- Isaac Scher, Freelance Reporter, Fall 2019 intern

Your TAP Internship application includes...

  • Your résumé.
  • Three writing samples.
  • Consider clips or posts, academic papers and unpublished pieces. 
  • And, a letter about yourself that also answers these questions:
  • What magazines, newspapers and websites do you read regularly?
  • Who are your intellectual and political heroes?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years and why?

Click to submit your application.

The deadline has passed for Fall internships. The deadline for the spring semester session is Monday, November 30, 2020.

The American Prospect prioritizes attracting diverse talent and cultivating an inclusive environment that encourages collaboration and creativity. All qualified applicants will be considered, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetics, age, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other such characteristic.