Los Angeles Times Internships

OVERVIEW

Interested in working with some of the best journalists around? We offer 10 weeks of intensive, hands-on experience in a region where big stories are the norm. We place interns throughout the Los Angeles Times: Metro/Local, Arts and Entertainment, Sports, Politics, Business, Features (Fashion, Food, Travel, Home Design, Mind & Body), Foreign/National, Editorial Pages, Photography/Video, Data and Graphics, Design, Digital/Engagement and in our Washington, D.C., bureau. (Our multiplatform editing intern comes through the Dow Jones News Fund’s national selection process, and that deadline was Nov. 8.) These are paid internships and placements usually run from June to late August. We do not have fall or spring internships.

The deadline to apply for the Summer 2021 Internship Program has passed. All applicants will receive an email notification of the selection committee’s decision by FEB. 1, 2021.

FAQs

Who is eligible to apply for summer internships?
Applicants must be actively working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree and must be eligible to work in the United States. Graduates may qualify if you’ve finished school within six months of the start of the internship. Internships are for students who have not worked professionally as staff journalists.

Do I need a car?
Applicants for the visual journalism and most reporting internships must have a valid driver’s license and access to a car in good working condition.

When will the internship start?
Summer interns start in June to late August. We have rolling start dates to accommodate students’ schedules. We do not have fall or spring internships.

How long is the internship?
The internship is 10 weeks.

Is the internship paid?
Yes. Interns work full time. In 2020, the rate was $17.50 an hour.

When will The Times open applications for summer interns?
The applications open on Aug. 15, 2021, and are due by Oct. 31 at 11:59 p.m. PST. This is a hard cut-off.

How many interns are selected each year?
The Times typically selects 14 interns each summer.

Where do the interns work?
Most of our interns work out of the El Segundo, Calif., headquarters. We also hire an intern in our Washington, D.C., bureau and, on occasion, in Sacramento.

What kind of experience should summer interns expect?
Summer interns will have the opportunity to perform the work of full-time journalists. Little training is offered, so previous internship experience is required. Interns are expected to hit the ground running. Reporting interns will work with their editors to come up with story ideas, map out a plan to execute it and receive regular feedback. Interns with our Data and Graphics department will work on projects with that team and other newsroom staffers. Photo and video interns will have assignments in the field on their own and alongside our visual journalists. The multiplatform editing intern works on either our news or features copy desks. Our design intern also is assigned to either news or features. Our digital/engagement intern works with either our News Desk team, which manages the home page, or with our audience engagement team.

How will the pandemic affect the internship program?
The staff of the Los Angeles Times is currently working remotely. While some newspapers canceled their Summer 2020 internship program, The Times welcomed their interns aboard and allowed them to work from home. Some interns, including visual journalists and reporters covering local news, chose to move to Los Angeles for the summer to better fulfill their internship. For the coming class, we will follow federal and local health guidelines.

What’s the difference between a cover letter and personal statement?
The cover letter is traditionally the place for applicants to make their case about why they are the best person for this internship. This is also an opportunity to show your knowledge of and enthusiasm for the Los Angeles Times.

The personal essay is an exercise that shows off the applicant’s writing chops. The best personal essays tend to circle back to the journalism, but not always. Some include challenges, personal moments that showed why the applicant is committed to journalism or even a deep dive into the applicant’s background. Others have taken a creative approach and even wrote poetry. There is no prompt.

How do I make my application stand out?
There is no one thing that makes an application stand out. In general, The Times looks at experience, skill set and the work samples themselves when selecting interns.

The more successful reporting applicants had clips that show their range in breaking news, feature writing, enterprise, game stories, explanatory reporting, narrative, etc. Experience is valued. If you have a particular interest or niche such as sports, please make that clear in your cover letter.

For visual journalism and design interns, The Times is also looking for variety in your portfolio. We don’t expect our Data and Graphics interns to walk in the door with knowledge of every programming language, but strong applicants will demonstrate having used computers to be creative and get things done on deadline. And our digital/engagement interns should have an understanding of metrics, various social media and other platforms, online publishing and an eagerness to learn more.

Can foreign students apply?
These are paid internships, so applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. Many studying here are eligible through their student visas or secure an OPT visa upon graduation. It is up to the selected intern to supply this documentation.

When will applicants be notified of a decision?
All applicants will receive an email notification of the selection committee’s decision by Feb. 1, 2021.

For further information, contact Assistant Managing Editor Angel Jennings at careers@latimes.com.

Summer Reporting Internships (Los Angeles, Washington, D.C.)

2021 L.A. Times Summer Reporting Internships (Los Angeles)

2021 L.A. Times Summer Political Reporting Internship (Washington, D.C.)

We place reporting interns throughout the L.A. Times: Metro/Local, Arts and Entertainment, Sports, Business, Editorial Pages, Foreign/National, Features (Fashion, Food, Travel, Home Design, Mind & Body) and in our Washington, D.C., bureau. A vehicle is not required for the Editorial Pages or D.C. internships.

Submit a brief cover letter; resume with three references; one-page personal essay; and up to six work samples.

Deadline
The deadline to apply for the Summer 2021 Internship Program has passed. All applicants will receive an email notification of the selection committee’s decision by FEB. 1, 2021.

Summer Visual Journalism Internships (Photo and Video)

2021 L.A. Times Summer Visual Journalism Internships

Submit a brief cover letter; resume with three references; one-page personal essay; and links to a portfolio with three complete photo stories or multimedia stories and a selection of single images. This is an advanced program, with one to two previous internships required. Applicants should have their own camera equipment; a limited amount of pool gear is available.

Deadline
The deadline to apply for the Summer 2021 Internship Program has passed. All applicants will receive an email notification of the selection committee’s decision by FEB. 1, 2021.

Summer Digital/Engagement Internship

2021 L.A. Times Summer Digital/Engagement Internship

Submissions will be accepted for paid internships in audience engagement, digital editing and production. These are not reporting positions. Web internships do not require a car. Submit a brief cover letter; resume with three references; one-page personal essay; and links to any online work.

Deadline
The deadline to apply for the Summer 2021 Internship Program has passed. All applicants will receive an email notification of the selection committee’s decision by FEB. 1, 2021.

Summer Design Internship

2021 L.A. Times Summer Design Internship

Submissions will be accepted for internships working alongside some of the best designers and art directors in the business. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong visual sense for design outside the classroom and have newsroom deadline experience. We’re looking for interns to work in multiple areas of our expansive editorial operation, including News, Features, Sports and Business. Design internships do not require a car. These are paid positions.

Submit a brief cover letter; resume with three references; one-page personal essay; and links to a portfolio or up to 10 work samples.

Deadline
The deadline to apply for the Summer 2021 Internship Program has passed. All applicants will receive an email notification of the selection committee’s decision by FEB. 1, 2021.

Summer Data and Graphics Department Internship

2021 Summer Data and Graphics Department Internship

The Los Angeles Times is seeking a summer intern to join its Data and Graphics Department. The intern will partner with reporters and editors across the newsroom to inform and engage our readers.

This paid job will provide experience working with professional reporters and computer programmers as they report the news. The intern will join a newsroom team that works to collect, organize, analyze and present structured data. Its journalism has attracted millions of readers, sparked sweeping government reforms and helped win some of our industry’s highest awards.

Past interns have built searchable databases, invented newsroom tools, released open-source libraries, visualized data and developed maps. They have gone on to jobs at the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Associated Press, ProPublica, Vox Media and Politico.

We don’t expect our interns to walk in the door with knowledge of every programming language. But strong applicants will demonstrate having used computers to be creative and get things done on deadline.

Interested in applying? Send us your resume and three references, along with links to the things you’ve made that you’re most proud of. Include a cover letter explaining how you helped make them.

If you have any questions, direct them to Ben Welsh at ben.welsh@latimes.com.

Deadline
The deadline to apply for the Summer 2021 Internship Program has passed. All applicants will receive an email notification of the selection committee’s decision by FEB. 1, 2021.

OTHER PROGRAMS

CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIST INTERNSHIPS

The L.A. Times Innovation Lab calls for ambitious students from design, engineering, journalism, and research backgrounds to join our 4th cohort of Creative Technologist Internship. Since the conception of the program, we have strived to build a pipeline of STEM college students into the journalism industry while producing future-thinking processes and products.

As a Creative Technologist Intern, you will help L.A. Times explore exciting new ideas. During the 12-week virtual internship program, you’ll have the opportunity to work with the newsroom, understand how news is produced and team up with other interns to develop proof-of-concept prototypes for future products.

Depending on the scale of each project and the individual’s interests, interns can expect to work on one to two projects.

Examples of past projects:

  • Immersive storytelling through augmented reality
  • Machine learning based computational journalism tools
  • Social engagement tools for news sharing
  • Mobile app design research

Qualifications:

Who should apply?

In this role, you’ll have the chance to prototype news products of the future of the L.A. Times. Our ideal candidates are:

  • Passionate about the journalism industry
  • Curious, collaborative, and open-minded
  • Adept at identifying, prototyping, and building early-stage ideas
  • Strong at problem-solving

Recommended Skills:

Applicants with expertise in at least two of the areas below are encouraged to apply.

  • User research
  • Design thinking
  • UI/UX design
  • Physical prototyping
  • Web app development
  • Mobile app development
  • Mathematical modeling and optimization

This paid full-time internship starts on Jan. 11, 2021, for a duration of 12 weeks. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and able to contribute 40 hours a week.

The deadline for the application is Dec. 6, 2020, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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METPRO

Metpro is a unique program started in 1984 to help beginning journalists launch careers and boost diversity in newsrooms.

The Los Angeles Times is seeking high-potential, highly motivated aspiring journalists with diverse backgrounds or life experiences. The program’s main thrust is to provide participants – recent college graduates or journalists with limited professional experience – the training and support necessary to put them on a fast track to success.

Metpro is not an internship but a formal fellowship customized to help trainees realize their goals. The paid, full-time program lasts up to two years and is included in the Los Angeles Times Guild. We accept applications from those eligible to work in the U.S. with up to three years of experience in a professional newsroom or up to five years in media settings such as weeklies and community newsrooms, websites, fellowships or freelance work.

The application deadline for the 2021 class is Feb. 15, 2021.

Details can be found at https://metpronews.submittable.com/ or www.metpronews.com.

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HIGH SCHOOL INSIDER

HS Insider is a digital platform started by the Los Angeles Times to help student journalists across the Southland tell stories that are important to them and their communities. We partner with high schools, students and faculty to create a hub for collaborative student journalism. HS Insider also taps into the talent and experience in our newsroom by arranging for Los Angeles Times reporters and editors to visit schools and help students with their work. Working alongside some of the best reporters in the business provides valuable experience for HS Insider student journalists. Contributors will also have an opportunity to apply for a paid summer internship with HS Insider. If you are a student, parent or school administrator who is interested in more information, contact Molly Heber at molly.heber@latimes.com.