Apply Today For Nieman Journalism Lab’s Paid Summer Internship

If you’re a “well-rounded nerd” with no set plans this summer who wants to write about the future of journalism, consider applying for an internship at the Nieman Journalism Lab.

The lab is offering two full-time, paid 10-12 week summer internships. If you’re interested, however, don’t dally. The deadline is this Friday, March 2 at 5 p.m.

This is the first time ever that the lab is accepting interns, its director, Joshua Benton, wrote in an announcement posted on its website. (Some background: The Nieman Journalism Lab is a project of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.)

The full description of the internships, along with directions on how to apply, are on the organization’s website. Here’s an idea of what the interns will do:

This isn’t a busy-work internship; we can all get our own coffee, thanks. Along with coming up with story ideas and seeing them through, our interns will share in the work we do on social media, like helping run our Twitter account, along with working on whatever other interesting projects we come up with. It’ll be a great experience.

What does it take to land the gig? Benton writes that the lab is looking for smart applicants with previous reporting experience who are “ready to geek out about the intersection of journalism, technology, business, and sociology we focus on. Well-rounded nerds, basically.”

Not only does the internship pay, but it also doesn’t require school credit to participate. So current students and recent grads are more than welcome to submit an application.

To apply, email Benton at, using the subject line “Nieman Lab intern application.” The application asks for fairly specific elements, however, so don’t forget to check out the announcement for guidelines.

If you want to get involved with people practicing innovative journalism, this is a great opportunity. The Nieman Journalism Lab has a fantastic reputation and at least two of its previous reporters, Zach Seward and Megan Garber, have gone on to work at prestigious publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic.


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