How do I become a Sacramento Press editorial intern?

At any given time, The Sacramento Press has six unpaid editorial interns reporting on local events and writing much of our daily content.

Editorial internships last 15 weeks and can earn students college credit. California State University, Sacramento; University of California, Davis; and other colleges have given units for students participating in our internships.

The internships aren’t limited to college students. Anyone interested in gaining more experience in journalism is welcome to apply for an internship.

What does the internship entail?

Our interns participate in weekly editorial meetings and are assigned multiple stories per week. Topics for stories range from previews of events to event coverage to exploring city issues. Most of what we cover falls in the Midtown/downtown area.

Interns are also expected to generate their own story ideas and work closely with the editorial staff to brainstorm ideas and edit their stories.

Many of the story assignments require interns to work in the evenings and on weekends. We provide digital cameras and digital voice recorders for the interns to use when interviewing people and attending events.

The weekly commitment is roughly 20 hours. We are flexible in working with your work and/or school schedules.

There will be no paper pushing or getting coffee for editors in this internship. Our editorial interns arrange for their own press passes, coordinate interviews, take their own photos and publish stories after making edits.

The editorial internship provides a solid foundation for news reporting in an online news medium. Upon completion of the internship, participants will have made valuable connections in the community and have developed a greater awareness of the potential for stories and how to pursue them.

How do you apply?

We accept applications and interns year-round. If you are interested in applying, send your resume and up to three writing samples to journalism@sacramentopress.com.

Writing samples can be clips from other publications, essays from classes or personal writing samples.

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July 17, 2010 | 9:56 AM

What a great opportunity for interns not only to have first hand journalistic experience but to get to know Sacramento’s business and residential neighborhoods and their history as well. Thanks Sacpress.

July 17, 2010 | 2:49 PM

Being an intern is definitely a fun and rewarding experience. I’ve been to so many events that I never would have even known about if it hadn’t been for SacPress. It really helped me to gain a greater appreciation for Sacramento and it gave me the opportunity to get to know different people while doing something I love. Thanks SacPress!

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