Below is a description from Hope Paasch, regional editor and intern coordinator for The Charlotte Observer.
The Charlotte Observer offers summer internships each year. We prefer to hire rising seniors, but also select recent graduates. We strongly prefer candidates who've worked a previous internship at a daily newspaper. A journalism major is not required.
The Observer is the largest newspaper in the Carolinas, with a circulation of 209,000 on weekdays and 258,000 on Sunday. Our staff includes 200 newsroom positions and a total of 800 jobs in the company.
An intern is usually assigned to one of the following departments: metro, features, photography, business news, or a regional news bureau.
Our intern program includes seminars where experienced reporters and editors discuss interviewing, writing, graphics, multimedia, online, libel law, and researching public documents.
We expect our interns to function as beginning professionals: that is, to go out on stories or photo assignments that we can publish immediately. A car is required for reporters and photographers. Interns (and all new employees) must pass a drug test.
Applications for 2009 internships should include a cover letter, resume, five work samples, and a one-page autobiography. The deadline is Dec. 1, 2008. Interns will be selected and notified in by March 1, 2009.
For more information, please contact the editor in charge of your area of expertise:
Hope Paasch, Regional Editor/Intern Coordinator
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