Nation Business Internship
Applications for the Winter/Spring 2023 session are now open!

The Nation Fund for Independent Journalism Publishing Internship aims to identify and nurture the next generation of non-profit and publishing change-makers. Working one at a time on a full-time basis, publishing interns gain marketable knowledge of the magazine’s business operations working cross-departmentally with a range of Nation publishing professionals including those in ad sales, communications, direct-marketing, fundraising and special projects.

Recent college and graduate school aspirants will experience a comprehensive immersion into the business operations of The Nation by assisting publishing professionals with a range of hands-on tasks supplemented by educational seminars and participation in staff meetings and strategy sessions, all virtual at the moment. Work will include developing donor prospect research, assisting with small-batch personalized cultivation packages, researching, maintaining, and curating media contact lists and databases, assisting with PR social media campaigns (Instagram, Press Room Twitter account), assisting with customer service issues, creating direct mail campaign binders, participating in event strategizing and preparation, letter-writing, help with prospecting potential advertisers and preparing sales packages.

Interns can expect a ground-floor introduction into many of the publishing operations that comprise a magazine, including ad sales, subscription acquisition, direct marketing, small-donor cultivation and solicitation, communications and messaging and public events. In all instances, the aim will be to contextualize intern work, to explain how small, discrete tasks fit into the larger whole and to instill a range of marketable skills and publishing experience over the course of the intern sessions.

Intern will be supervised by Associate Publisher Peter Rothberg and will work with a range of experienced Nation publishing professionals.

Please note that due to Covid, this internship has been remote for the past two years. In accordance with our return-to-office policy, interns for the winter/spring 2023 session will be expected to come into the office two days a week. While we will consider applications from candidates who prefer to work remotely, we will give preference to those able to be in New York metropolitan area during the internship. Upon acceptance, applicants may discuss their work options with the program director.

Compensation and Credit

Interns are paid $18 per hour. Whenever possible, The Nation will assist interns in arranging for academic or work-study credit. Interns will receive three paid vacation days and three paid sick days. There are no other benefits.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit the following:

1. A cover letter that explains why you want to work for The Nation;
2. A resume;
3. One letter of recommendation with contact information for the referees included. Letters may be mailed directly by recommenders, or may be included with the rest of your application materials. Interviews will be conducted for the final candidates
4. All application materials should be submitted electronically to [email protected].

Incomplete applications will not be considered. All application materials become the property of The Nation Fund. Please address all queries to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

Deadlines and Duration of Program

Summer/Fall 2021:

Application deadline: December 5, 2022
Notification deadline: December 12, 2022
Program duration: January 9  – June 30, 2023

The Nation Co. LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applicants, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We conform to the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.