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The Associated Press - Religion Intern (PAID - Deadline Dec. 21)

Dec 11, 2019

Posted in: Internships & scholarships, Journalism internships

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The Associated Press is offering a paid six-month full-time internship at its New York Religion Desk in 2020.


The Religion Intern will contribute to the AP’s cross-formats report focusing on a variety of religion issues. The intern will receive experience and training in text and video and will attend editorial meetings. The intern will be expected to keep up-to-date with news in the area, report, conduct interviews, monitor social media and cover breaking religion news, either by phone or by going to the scene.


This internship will be valuable for a journalism student working toward an emphasis as a reporter or as a video producer. The career interests of the successful candidate will help shape the work assignments.


The intern will assist in the writing and editing of text stories as well as in the production of video under tight deadlines and aggressively cultivate sources. The intern will research and set up video news and feature stories and join location shoots.  The intern will also be expected to pitch multimedia enterprise story ideas and execute at least one during the internship.


The ideal candidate will be a fast thinker, show creativity and strong news judgment with a keen interest and/or experience in religion news.  Candidates should be strong storytellers who are able to recognize interesting news elements and suggest their own story ideas.


The intern must become familiar with - and abide by - the AP’s statement of values and principles governing ethics.



  • Applicants must be:
    • current full-time students earning a bachelor's or graduate degree by summer 2020 and are able to start the internship before or by June/July 2020.
    • Students who graduate December 2019.
  • Freshmen, sophomores and juniors (first, second and third year students) are ineligible.
  • Must be able to show proof of legal authorization to participate in a six-month internship in the U.S. prior to the start of the internship. 
  • Demonstrate proficiency speaking and writing in English.
  • Relevant experience and training in text is required as well as a secondary visual format such as video, photos or interactive/graphics.
  • Have good general knowledge of national and international affairs and a strong interest in religion reporting.
  • Have good writing skills, the ability to recognize grammatical and factual errors and knowledge of AP Style.
  • Have a prior journalism internship or experience in media.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of online and social media news venues.
  • Be highly organized, attentive to detail and able to multi-task.
  • Be a self-starter with the ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment


Submission materials:

  • A 300-word autobiographical essay on this topic: “The Associated Press seeks to recruit and retain a workforce that embodies a wide range of talents, experiences, achievements and journalistic skills. Please describe the qualities and accomplishments you would bring to the company as an intern.”
  • A resume and cover letter (please include your projected graduation date).
  • Five examples of your best text work (links to an online site of your work are highly preferred).
  • At least two examples of your best visual work -- video, photos, multimedia, interactive, etc. (links to an online site of your work are highly preferred).
  • A reference letter from a prior internship, media-related employer, or a faculty adviser or journalism professor on college/university letterhead. 
  • All application materials should be uploaded simultaneously, including the reference letter.





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