The Victor S. Navasky Internship Program
Summer/Fall 2019 Interns
From left to right: Acacia Handel (business), Shirley Ngozi Nwangwa, Molly Minta, Mary Akdemir, Alice Markham-Cantor, Teddy Ostrow, and Spencer Green.
“The internship was probably the most important step in my journalism career, and I have nothing but fond memories about it.”
— Robert Boynton, director of NYU’s literary reportage concentration
“I was more or less the first generation…. what I liked was running the program, and having really smart people there who could actually do the kinds of big and little things that were needed.”
— Amy Wilentz, contributing editor to The Nation
“I always tell my current employees that I was spoiled by my summer at The Nation back in 2005. This is because I was able to get a daily education from the likes of Katrina vanden Heuvel, who I interned for and was a champion of mine during my tenure there and for the years that followed. As a Nation intern I felt like a real member of the editorial team. I was someone who had influence, and I’ve carried that same open-minded, collaborative attitude to all the publications I’ve worked for since.”
— Adam Howard, Associate Producer for the Full Frontal with Samantha Bee show
“I loved meeting my fellow interns (several of whom I’m still in touch with today). I think we were probably one of the loudest intern groups in Nation history. I very much enjoyed meeting, working with, and learning from Nation staff, editors, writers, and columnists.”
— Laila Al-Arian, Executive Producer for Al Jazeera’s Faultlines
“I was a Nation intern in the one-room Washington office in the fall of 1987 — more than 25 years ago. David Corn sent me to cover a congressional hearing on US anti-drug activities in Latin America. I got hooked on the topic — so much so that I then took a trip to Peru, wrote an article for The Nation when I got back, and spent the rest of my career researching, writing, and teaching about the politics of drug trafficking and other illicit trades. My most recent book is Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America.”
— Peter Andreas, John Hay Professor of International Studies and Political Science at Brown University
Learning to fact-check was perhaps the single most important skill I have learned since graduation from college. I have such respect for primary sources…. I loved being such a critical line of defense to a machine with so many moving parts. On my first day, I remember an editor telling our cohort that without fact-checking the magazine wouldn’t function. I thought maybe he was buttering us up. He wasn’t. It couldn’t.
— Collier Meyerson, contributing writer at The Nation and Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute
“Interning with The Nation was challenging, sometimes chaotic, but always rewarding. The editors taught me everything I know about online journalism today. Coming from the midwest, my fellow interns made New York feel comfortably small. And The Nation always orders the tastiest pizza.”
—Steven Hsieh, staff writer at the Phoenix New Times
Apply to be an Intern
The Nation magazine is proud to host a celebrated internship program for early-career journalists. Interns’ primary responsibilities are fact-checking, research, and web production.