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Fall 2020: RVA Mag/Gay RVA - Journalism Interns (Deadline Aug. 10)

Aug 4, 2020

Posted in: Internships & scholarships, Journalism internships, Public Relations internships

Are you an aspiring journalist who wants to report on all the arts, music, politics, and culture that Richmond has to offer? It’s that time again — RVA Magazine and GayRVA.com are seeking interns for the Fall 2020 semester. Extended application deadline is August 10.

Do you have the writing chops to seek out and deliver compelling stories on the latest in music, art, food, beer, politics, and current events in Richmond? Well, you’re in luck, because RVA Magazine and GayRVA are opening positions for journalism interns for the upcoming season.

RVA Magazine and GayRVA are now two of Virginia’s largest independent media outlets, and the region’s voice for arts, entertainment, and cultural news. We are always seeking to diversify our newsroom: LGBTQ and minority students are very much encouraged to apply.

Opportunities

Both magazines have several opportunities for writers and students (credit preferred, non-credit available) who are passionate, hard-working, and excited to learn under the guidance our publications right here in Richmond.

We welcome your ideas, and will open doors to interview artists, musicians, politicians, and local figures, with opportunities to pitch your own ideas as well. Interns will be published writers, with the hands-on help of our editorial team through guidance on interviewing and writing articles.

Writers can do features on music, artists, craft beer pros, restaurants, films, theater, fashion, politics, and more — right here in the River City and across Virginia. (Fall 2020 Internships and article interviews will be performed remotely due to coronavirus. A strong internet connection at home is necessary.)

Ideal candidates will:

  • Attend college in journalism, public relations, writing/media studies, or other related fields, and be in need of 1-3 credits through their scholastic program
  • Work on 1 article per week, and be able to meet deadlines in a professional editorial environment
  • Be able to work remotely and attend a weekly Monday editorial meeting via Google Hangouts
  • Have a laptop + strong internet connection for video meetings
  • Understand responsibilities when committing to a project, and be able to work on tight schedules on your own
  • Write feature stories, bringing new angles and interesting elements to local topics (hard news experience accepted, feature interviews preferred)
  • Have an open mind, with willingness to cover issues and topics that might be new to you with editors’ guidance

Juniors and Seniors studying Journalism will receive first priority consideration.

Attending a college program is not required, but those not in a program should be able to show a history of successful writing or commitment to a long-term project. Applicants in for-credit school programs are preferred, as we work to help students succeed in their professional writing careers and build a foundation in journalism while learning with our editorial team.

To apply, submit your email with the following materials:

  • Cover letter detailing why you want to work with RVA Magazine and what you can bring to the editorial team
  • Resume
  • 2-3 article-style writing samples for editorial applicants (feature and hard news if applicable)
  • Website (if applicable)
  • Availability from August — December 2020 (specific dates can be adjusted, just let us know!)

Please send your application in an email to Caley Sturgill at caley@rvamag.com and write “Internship Submission” as the subject line.

We operate as a small business and independently-run publication. Internships are for-credit for students completing required university credit courses. Potential opportunities for paid contributor positions pending the next print magazine following internships.