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Chicago Tribune

Date Posted July 10, 2024
Industry Newspapers
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
Job Status Part-time



The Chicago Tribune’s newsroom internship program seeks college juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates for six-month paid internships in January 2025 and July 2025. Opportunities will be considered in the news and photography departments. One of the January positions is for a state government reporter. 

To be eligible, candidates must have completed at least one internship at a daily news organization other than their college paper. Interns will work 40 hours a week and must be able to, and often do, cover major stories their first days on the job.

What you will do:

  • Cover a mix of general assignment and specific beats that could include government, business, education and environment for the Chicago Tribune

  • Investigate local government corruption, profile community leaders, explore emerging trends in education, and more

  • Respond to breaking news, including crime and other law enforcement-related incidents

  • Craft feature and enterprise stories on a variety of issues in Chicago and the surrounding region

  • Work shifts that will vary depending on news needs, but candidates should expect some weekend work

  • Gain valuable experience and build your journalism portfolio

What you will bring:

  • A track record of executing breaking and enterprise stories that demonstrate crisp writing, creative and insightful reporting and a commitment to serving the public good

  • Ability to meet deadlines

  • The skills to develop sources and the goal of becoming an expert on different topics

  • Planning and communication skills to keep editors posted on the progress of stories

  • Collaboration, creativity, collegiality, high energy and dedication to pursuing the story

  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required

Please submit the following with your online application: cover letter, resume, and work examples. Please specify whether you are interested in January or July. Limit your clips to five to seven pieces that represent your best work and show your range of experience. We prefer that candidates send clips or links to specific stories rather than linking to a personal website. Clips give us a chance to see what you believe is your best work. If you do send a link to your personal website, consider putting your best, most recent work at the top.

The deadline to apply for this internship is Aug. 30, although applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after this deadline. The July internships are highly competitive so if your schedule allows, consider applying for a January internship to increase your chances of being selected.

Who we are:

Founded in 1847, the Chicago Tribune, is the top source of news and information in the Chicago area and the largest news organization in the Midwest. The Tribune, winner of 27 Pulitzer Prizes, is known for its innovative investigative reporting, insightful coverage of the arts and culture, and community-leading opinion writing. The Chicago Tribune is the flagship publication of Chicago Tribune Media Group (CTMG) which also publishes six daily suburban publications, including the Daily Southtown, Post-Tribune, Naperville Sun, Lake County News-Sun, The Beacon-News and The Courier-News, as well as more than 30 weekly community publications. The CTMG portfolio also includes Chicago magazine, and other digital brands, products and services.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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