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If you believe the pen is mightier than the sword, a writing internship can bridge the gap between your college essay and your New Yorker article. Writing internships are available across industries and organizations, from magazines and film studios to nonprofits and tech companies. Writing is a rich and varied field, so it’s up to you to hone your area of expertise and build an impressive portfolio. No matter what, you’ll spend your internship developing written materials for your target audience, with a focus on clarity, grammar, voice, and consistency. To get a great internship in this competitive field, you’ll need a strong portfolio, top-notch communication skills, and basic knowledge of MS Office (and Adobe Creative Cloud if you’re feeling ambitious!).

After your internship, you can pursue a writing career in marketing, communications, publishing, screenwriting, creative writing, or academia. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, writers and authors make a median annual salary of $62,170, while technical writers make $71,850. While the number of writing jobs is expected to remain flat over the next decade, technical writing is expected to grow by 8%, which is faster than average.

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Technical writing intern, reynolds and reynolds canada ltd | houston, tx.

Technical Writing Intern Houston, TX Internship Position description: As a Technical Writing Intern, you will work as a member of the Documentation team. Some of your primary responsibilities will consist of producing hard copy manuals and online ref...

Medidata Solutions | New York, NY

Technical Writing Intern New York, New York - USD Full Time Posted by: Medidata Solutions Posted: Monday, 20 February 2023 Apply At Medidata, interns will have the opportunity to accelerate their careers by working closely with experienced profession...

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American greetings corporation, inc. | westlake, oh.

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Ar ghostwriting | houston, tx.

I run a ghostwriting business where I help mission-driven leaders write nonfiction books. I also write Christian blog content for two non-profits. I'm hiring for an assistant to help with my...- social media marketing (posting twice a week on Linked ...

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GoBelieve LLC | Philadelphia, PA

The Writing Intern will focus on the creation and editing of documents, essays and power point presentations.We have a focus on the career of being a writer and developing the skills of getting your point across in the most effective ways.You'll have...

Tracelink, Inc | Wilmington, MA

Technical Writing Intern Job Locations US-MA-Wilmington Posted Date 1 day ago (2/17/2023 8:32 AM) Job ID 2023-2990 Organization Product Management / UX / Technical Writing ? TraceLink is seeking an energetic Intern to join our growing Technical Writi...

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University of pennsylvania | philadelphia, pa.

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United airlines | chicago, il.

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The Writer's Workout

Be a better writer. , internships.

Are you looking for a fun, creative way to earn course credit for college? Are you a recent graduate looking for industry experience? The Writer's Workout provides a comprehensive summer internship program to give you a taste of what it's like to work with creative writers in the publishing industry as well as working for a volunteer organization.

This program is available to adults around the world. We work with colleges to make sure students receive credit  for their effort, though enrollment is not required.

Former and Deferred Interns: if you're ready to come back, please email Theresa.

Questions may be directed to Theresa: [email protected] .  

Origin Story: 

The Writer's Workout formed in 2014 through a love of competition and self-growth. We provide education, resources, constructive feedback, and motivation to help writers around the world improve and become published authors. 

We want to help you be a better writer.

Application process: WW requires a creative writing sample and current resume to apply. No other forms or accounts are required. Your creative writing sample should be a complete work of short fiction and show an understanding of the key elements of fiction writing. 

Nonfiction and poetry samples are not accepted.

Interview process: WW uses a text-only, virtual interview process through Slack. This live chat helps us determine your ability to express yourself clearly in writing.

WW does not use any audio or video interaction for any purpose. 

If invited to interview, we'll send you a link to your private window 15-20 minutes before our scheduled time. Slack can be accessed as a guest through this link—simply enter your name and your school to join for free.

The Writer's Workout is a fully remote, 100% volunteer organization. We are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Documentation available upon request.

The Writer's Workout cannot support high school applicants or minors. 

Summer Internship

  closed until 2024.

​Who we are: 

            The Writer's Workout formed from a love of competition and encouragement. We are writers of different backgrounds, ideas, influences, and skill levels. From authors published several times over, to poets featured in anthologies, to new writers just starting out, we have one important thing in common: a love of the written word.  

            ​Every writer approaches writing differently so we focus on the foundations of writing to help each creative improve at their own pace. Our motivation, challenges, and feedback help you become a better writer.

            The Writer’s Workout is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

With training, this position judges our award-winning writing competition, The Writer’s Games . Please visit our website for competition details and rules before applying. 

Our working week is Tuesday-Saturday with weekly discussions on Fridays.

Interns primarily report to our Executive Director, Theresa Green. The four-week training period is through our website: interns receive access to a training page with information, instruction, and an activity at the start of each week and a deadline for the end of the week. After the training period, interns spend six weeks assisting in the review and critique of short stories from writers around the world. In the final three weeks, interns investigate two departments of their choice (find "Special Project" information below).

Interns meet in small groups throughout the week with 24/7 access via email and direct message to our Executive Director and other department heads throughout the program. We have a weekly discussion every Friday with deadlines on Saturdays. Throughout the program, interns rotate in small groups and offer peer review to their group's leader. All peer reviews are distributed privately and anonymously; they also include notes on leadership, efficacy, and general teamwork from our staff and Director. Each intern also receives notes on all submissions with suggestions for stronger wording.

What you'll do:​

Read around 15 short stories in multiple genres each week (for six weeks) from authors of all skill levels.

Critique each entry to encourage and educate authors. 

Work with the team to determine entry qualification.

Score each entry on a scale of 10.

Create a communications project about a writing topic. Media selection available.

Complete two Special Projects of your choice.

Attend weekly discussions on Fridays.

Each intern chooses Special Projects in two departments:

Blog : create blog posts on educational topics of your choice.

Editorial : edit the winning entries.

Marketing : research and development for affiliations and partnerships with other organizations. 

Social Media : develop a marketing plan for the competition’s publication OR develop and present a workshop about a writing aspect.

YouTube : research topics, write scripts, and assist in the production of non-monetized educational videos.

Our program's start date is not flexible but the hours and end date can be extended to suit your school’s requirements. We will work with you and your school to ensure that you receive credit for your work.

Applications :

The Summer Internship is CLOSED until 2024 .

This competitive internship requires an average of ten hours per week for thirteen weeks and runs TBD, 2024 . This internship is unpaid . Thirty spaces available.

Applications must include a current resume and one creative writing sample .  We're looking for an understanding of the key elements of fiction. Samples should be complete (not chapters of longer works) and can be as short as 500 words. 

Please email Theresa at  [email protected]  with questions.

Creative Writing, The University of Chicago

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Journalist, Author Haley Cohen Gilliland, Research Intern  

Deadline: March 12, 2023. I am a writer and the director of the Yale Journalism Initiative , where I have the privilege of helping Yale students launch their journalism careers. I am currently working on a book about the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, a group of Argentine grandmothers who banded together and risked their lives to reclaim the grandchildren stolen from them during their country’s darkest era. The Abuelas’ story has captivated me since I first heard them tell it years ago—in 2012, to be precise, when I began working as The Economist’s correspondent in Argentina — and I am thrilled to be partnering with the wonderful team at Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster to publish it. I am looking for an enterprising researcher to help compile a detailed memo on Jorge Rafael Videla, the Argentine dictator who presided over the bloodiest period in his country’s history. Putting together such a memo will require reading and synthesizing books, newspaper articles, historical archives, and government cables—most of which will be in Spanish. I am interested not only in Videla’s actions, but also the motivations behind them. A successful memo will include information about where Videla was on specific dates, detailed descriptions of how others—U.S. government officials, for example—viewed him, and colorful anecdotes that will allow readers to better understand his psyche. I am particularly interested in his interactions—both direct and indirect—with the Abuelas, whose persistence landed him back in jail for the crime of baby theft after he had been pardoned for his other crimes. Learn more and apply here .

Podcast Host Mark Goldberg, Research Intern

Deadline: February 26, 2023. Remote. Global Dispatches — World News That Matters is the longest running independent international affairs podcast. Episodes are structured around interviews with journalists, diplomats, think tank experts, humanitarian workers, and experts of all stripes. Episodes publish twice a week and often shine a spotlight on under-covered global stories. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in world news. podcasting, or learning how a small independent media company can operate.  The production flow of each episode includes: finding a topic to cover and person to interview; researching the topic and preparing for the interview; conducting the interview; writing and recording an introductory script, audio editing (done by an outside freelance audio producer); editing a transcript, and publishing/posting the episode. The Intern will be working directly with Mark Goldberg. Learn more and apply here .

Summer Intern with Journalist Elly Fishman (AB’10)  

Deadline: February 27, 2023. Elly Fishman (AB’10) is a journalist whose work focuses on stories of struggle and resilience in American cities. She is the author of the book “Refugee High: Coming of Age in America,” which was published in August 2021 by The New Press and named among the best books of the year by NPR, The Progressive, Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Reader, and the Seminary Co-op. A research assistant will work on current projects including stories about Chicago’s universal basic income pilot, contemporary refugee issues, health equity and diabetes, and maternal healthcare. Learn more and apply here.

Sasha Bonet, Writer’s Assistant  

Deadline: February 26, 2023. Remote. Sasha Bonet is a storyteller living in Manhattan. My essay work has received many notable awards and acknowledgments. With one currently being optioned for film production. My work has appeared in many publications including The Paris Review, BOMB magazine, Longreads, Village Voice and New York Magazine. I hold an MFA from Columbia University in Nonfiction Writing, and now teach in both the MFA and undergraduate creative writing programs at Columbia University and Barnard College. I also work as the nonfiction editor at Apogee Journal. While employing various mediums for storytelling, my work explores the ways in which race, gender, and art influence cultural norms and the way we experience them. My objective in all of my work is to illuminate the nuances of the human experience. Currently looking for a communicative, curious and thorough research assistant to team up in digging through the stacks and archives for a nonfiction book project. I write reported pieces, art criticism, essays, art books and contribute to film and visual projects. The Waterbearers , which is forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf publishing house, centralizes intergenerational stories of Black motherhood as a lens to explore the evolution of America. Using reportage, archival research, oral history, and cultural criticism, the book explores the three generations of Black motherhood and the political and cultural shifts that have impacted the history and evolution of America. Learn more and apply here .

The Black Midwest Initiative

Deadline: March 31, 2023. The Black Midwest Initiative (BMI) at the University of Illinois Chicago is pleased to invite applications to its inaugural Summer Institute. This convening, which is organized around the three pillars of BMI’s mission—academics, art, and activism—will bring together 15 Institute participants with 5 Institute facilitators, all accomplished practitioners within their respective fields, for a week-long series of workshops, discussions, and presentations around the scholarship, artistic practice, and organizational work being done within Black midwestern communities. Each person selected to participate in the Summer Institute will also work to develop a project, individually or in collaboration with one or more other Institute participants, that will be shown or exhibited as part of the Third Biennial Black Midwest Symposium, which will be held at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio in October 2024. Ultimately, the intention of the Summer Institute is to cultivate space for early-career scholars, artists, and organizers to develop innovative models of collective knowledge acquisition and creative capacity building that will speak to the varied experiences and needs of Black people and communities across the Midwest. Learn more and apply here .

Research & Storytelling College Program - Odyssey Summer Metcalf Opportunity

Deadline: March 18, 2023 .  Midstory’s 2023 remote summer ThinkLab internship program is for the next generation of thinkers who believe in shaping the post-industrial story through a multidisciplinary framework. Students work closely with our team to craft and share hidden stories through research, solutions-oriented projects and multimedia production — with such topics as demography, the environment, culture, arts, education and more. Opportunities to engage in citywide projects include ongoing water-related research, a look at cities across the Midwest through data, and more. Our students receive full training, curriculum and “on-the-ground” experience through team meetings, social hours, digital workspace platforms, virtual interviewing and research, and more. The 8-10 week program operates from late May to early August. The program format is virtual; however, an in-person format may become available as an option discussed in more detail with applicants. Learn more and apply here .

Harper’s Magazine, Editorial Internship - Summer

Deadline: Rolling/ASAP. The internship will be conducted in person. All interns must be fully vaccinated in accordance with CDC guidelines before their first day of work. Harper’s   Magazine  is accepting applications from college students and graduates for its editorial internship program. Interns work on a full-time basis for three to five months.  Harper’s  is able to provide unlimited MetroCards for transportation. Interns receive practical experience in critical reading and analysis, research, fact checking, and the general workings of a national magazine. Each intern works closely with an editor on one section of the magazine, takes part in the creation of the Harper’s Index, and is encouraged to read widely, generate ideas and approach problems creatively. Those interested in the program are invited to download the application [ .docx ] [ .pdf ]. You may also request that an application be mailed to you by calling (212) 420-5720.

Red Wagon Entertainment

Film/ TV Production Development Summer 2023 Remote Intern. Red Wagon Entertainment is looking for highly motivated remote interns with an interest in Film/TV development and production. Candidates should excel in reading/composition skills, comfort working both individually and in a team setting, be detail-orientated, and most importantly have a great attitude.

The Graham Foundation

The Graham Foundation seeks an intern to work closely with the Foundation's staff to support the organization's daily operations. This internship is suited for students in architecture, architecture history and theory, art history, or related fields. An interest in a career at a foundation, nonprofit, or arts and cultural institution is preferred. Internships are intended to expand knowledge of operations at a nonprofit arts and cultural institution, which can include grantmaking, the production of exhibitions and public programs, archiving, and visitor services.

Spoon University National Writer Program

Love writing about food and the ways it touches every aspect of life? The Spoon University National Writer Program provides opportunities for undergraduates to write about food news, culture, and lifestyle on a regular basis during the semester. Stories written by national writers will be directly edited by Spoon HQ and will be on the homepage. In addition to regularly writing news stories, students will also have the chance to develop features as part of a package every month. Metcalf Grant Eligible. ( )

MR Screenwriting Fellowship

Deadline: Sign up for updates The 2023 Minority Report (MR) a paid fellowship program for underrepresented student screenwriters that provides a paid stipend of $1,000; Meetings with managers, agents, and executives from UTA, 3Arts, and more; Script readings from production companies like A24, Blumhouse, Big Beach, Paramount, and Plan B; Panels with top writers and directors (previously The Daniels, Chloe Zhao, Barry Jenkins, Shaka King, and more); Personalized mentorship from industry leaders Reporters without Borders

Full time or Part Time Interns  - Washington, D.C Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international NGO dedicated to fighting for press freedom globally, is seeking an intern for its Washington, DC office for the 2022-2023 school year.

CNN - News Associate – Rotational Program

A 15-month editorial training program in a CNN newsroom. Works with Newsroom management to support news coverage and show production. D.C. News Associates will print scripts for anchors, operate the Teleprompter and greet guests. Work with live producers, show staffs and reporters on live shots, show production, and coverage of live events. Work with digital teams on researching and writing stories for .  Click here for more info.   Freelance Audience and Social Media Manager

New York Focus is seeking a freelance audience and social media manager who will help our new publication develop a comprehensive audience strategy, grow our social media channels, expand our newsletter subscriber base and help us think about how to optimize for search and other metrics. Pay starts at $30 an hour, commensurate with experience. This position will require approximately 16 hours a week for three months. This position is a remote position and applicants can be based anywhere. Please submit a resume to  [email protected]  to apply. The application deadline is September 25, but we will consider applications on a rolling basis – submit earlier if you can. Politico Internships and Full Time Roles Interested in Journalism & Politics? POLITICO is actively hiring full time and internship roles for Summer 2023 Come hear from the Talent Acquisition Partner and Politico team members on what they do, culture, and student Q&A. Politico, known originally as The Politico, is a political journalism company based in Arlington County, Virginia, that covers politics and policy in the United States and internationally. Report for America

As a Report for America (RFA) Corps Member, you’ll be a part of a movement to strengthen communities, and our democracy, through local journalism that is truthful, fair, fearless and smart. We currently have 300 reporters and photographers in 200+ newsrooms serving communities across the U.S. We are growing our journalism team and encourage you to apply! Applications open in December for 100+ journalism jobs. Click here for more info. United Talent Agency - An Intro to the Talent Agency Life

UTA is one of the world's leading talent and entertainment companies. Its clients are some of the most acclaimed figures in film, television, news, music, sports, theater, fine art, books, video games, podcasts, and other social and digital content. UTA is where screenplays find buyers, groundbreaking films find financing, new TV series are launched, new companies born.

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