The American Press Institute is hiring a paid summer intern to support our efforts to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) within news media and to help us research and share best practices in diversity, inclusion and community engagement in journalism.
This person should be a college student or recent graduate with an interest in how to:
- Improve the way the news industry covers traditionally marginalized communities
- Help build newsrooms that are inclusive and culturally responsive to the needs of all staff members
- Help journalists use analytics to better understand their audiences.
This person will work with our Director of Inclusion and Audience Growth. A new area within API, the Inclusion and Audience Growth team works directly with news organizations that want to improve their coverage of communities of color while also creating and sustaining more equitable workplaces. API plans to build its offerings in this area through the use of its new DEIB Index, a tool geared toward helping newsrooms address a multitude of issues affecting newsrooms and the communities they strive to cover. The team also works closely with API’s Table Stakes team and with API’s new Source Matters tool, which helps newsrooms track the diversity of sources within news stories. Opportunities also exist to assist with research in this area and produce content for our newsletter.
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What You’ll do
The intern’s key functions and responsibilities are to:
- Work with the Inclusion and Audience Growth team to write and share newsroom and industry takeaways around DEIB issues, with an emphasis on newsrooms that partner with API.
- Research best practices related to DEIB in journalism and assisting with documenting other solid work in DEIB and community engagement in and outside of journalism.
- Assist with consulting work on DEIB issues performed by API.
The intern may also:
- Help conduct interviews related to consulting and research work.
- Assist with work related to API’s Source Matter’s analytics tool.
- Analyze community and focus group data related to consulting work.
- Assist other API projects and events, as needed.
Who You Are
Our ideal candidate has the following qualifications:
- A background in journalism, communications or marketing
- Excellent writing skills
- Excellent organization and communication skills
- Strong initiative, curiosity and analytical thinking skills
- Interest in DEIB issues
- Interest in journalism research
- Familiarity with the news business and current issues affecting the news industry
- A background or interest in community engagement or community organizing is preferred
We believe that diversity in lived experiences, perspectives, knowledge and ideas strengthens journalism, its business and our own organization. The American Press Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where we encourage applications from candidates from communities traditionally underrepresented in journalism and from people of every age, race or color, ethnic background, country of origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic background, disability status, medical condition, military or veteran status, and marital or familial status.
We also know there are excellent candidates who might not have all the skills and experience that we have outlined. If that describes you, please apply and tell us about yourself and share your ideas for this role. You may be the ideal candidate.
This position is a full-time (35 hours per week) paid internship for 12 weeks during the summer. The intern will be paid $25/hour for the duration of the internship. The start date is flexible depending on the intern’s academic calendar but is expected to be on or around June 1.
We prefer candidates who are willing to work out of our office in the D.C. area, but we will consider strong applicants seeking to work remotely. We will monitor the public health situation as we get closer to the summer to ensure a safe working environment for the intern and staff. To prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, API requires that all successful applicants at this location shall be required to show proof of full vaccination by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted as an accommodation or otherwise.
How to Apply
Please send a resume, cover letter and any samples of relevant prior work to email@example.com, and include “Summer Internship” in the subject line. We also invite candidates to fill out our affirmative action form here. Please include this form with your application. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.
The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST. We will begin reviewing applications on February 1, 2022, and hope to interview final candidates by March 1, 2022, with a final selection no later than March 15, 2022.
The American Press Institute advances an innovative and sustainable news industry by helping publishers understand and engage audiences, grow revenue, improve public-service journalism, and succeed at organizational change. The American Press Institute is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization affiliated with the News Media Alliance. It works with and draws on the best ideas from anyone working in news publishing and journalism and anyone interested in its mission of making journalism sustainable.