FiveThirtyEight is looking for an intern to work with our video and social teams during the summer of 2022. We are looking for a student or recent graduate journalist who is enthusiastic about precision, clarity, video production and storytelling; who is adept at building and nurturing communities on platforms like TikTok or Instagram; and is interested in sharing our bizarre, data-driven approach to sports and political journalism with that audience.
The intern’s primary role will be to build FiveThirtyEight’s video presence, engagement and following on social platforms. That means launching and running short social videos as you develop and refine FiveThirtyEight’s cross-platform voice and tone. If they are interested, the intern could narrate or host videos. The intern will also help with the overall video audience strategy and will work with our senior designer and video reporters to reuse existing assets for distribution on our website and other platforms, including Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.
The experience of journalism (whether it is a journalism course, a school newspaper, a job or an internship) is a must, as is some experience of reporting on politics. But “politics” doesn’t just mean electoral politics: it could mean that you have experience reporting on political issues, social movements, how polarization affects your community or something else.
The social / video intern will report to the senior editor for social and public and the senior video producer, but will also have the opportunity to work with reporters throughout the editorial office.
Applicants should be able to commit to a full-time program from May or June to August. They must be a current student or have graduated within the past 18 months. This is a paid position and can be done remotely.
- Some journalistic experience
- A solid understanding of US politics and prolific news consumption
- Enthusiasm for FiveThirtyEight and the kind of journalism we create
- Demonstrated experience in creating engaging social videos
- Some experience with Adobe Premiere. Candidates should be able to cut clips and add music
- Experience in writing screenplays and storyboards
- Experience behind a camera (smartphone camera matters)
- Experience of writing social texts
- Experience with WordPress or a similar CMS to publish articles
- Experience in front of the camera (the camera of a smartphone counts)
If you don’t check all the boxes, that’s fine, we’d love to hear from you anyway. Apply here with a resume and a short cover letter. Please include links in your cover letter or three-video social resume you’ve produced. They can be personal projects and don’t necessarily have to be journalistic.
At the time of application the candidate must be enrolled in an accredited college / university and have attended at least one course in the semester / quarter prior to participation in the internship program, or the candidate must have graduated from a college / university within six months.
This internship is a paid distance internship and will run from May / June 2022 to January 2023. The candidate must be available to work 40 hours per week in Eastern time for the duration of the internship.
ABC News and FiveThirtyEight are equal opportunity employers. Applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.