Nation Business Internship
For more than three decades The Nation magazine has provided an award-winning internship program for early-career journalists interested in journalism and publishing.
Five years ago, The Nation established a new publishing internship to identify and nurture the next generation of non-profit and publishing change-makers. Working one at a time on a full-time basis, interns gain marketable knowledge of the magazine’s business operations working cross-departmentally with a range of Nation publishing professionals including those in the ad sales, communications, direct-marketing, fundraising and special projects departments.
Recent college and graduate school aspirants will experience a comprehensive immersion into the business operations of The Nation as they are taught the tools of the trade 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 directly supervised by Associate Publisher Peter Rothberg and will work with a range of experienced Nation publishing professionals.
The internship is typically a full-time position but we’ll accept part-time applicants as well. The work is anticipated to be remote for this internship session.
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.
Applicants must submit the following:
1. A cover letter that explains why you want to work for The Nation;
2. A resume;
3. Two letters 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. All application materials become the property of The Nation. Please address all queries to email@example.com. No phone calls, please.
Deadlines and Duration of Program
Application deadline: November 16, 2020
Notification deadline: November 28, 2020
Program duration: January 5 – July 2, 2021
Application deadline: April 10, 2021
Notification deadline: May 21, 2021
Program duration: June 28, 2021 – December 17, 2021
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.