Commonweal Internships

Each semester, as well as during the summer, Commonweal offers internships to one or two promising young Catholic writers, journalists, theologians and critics. We are currently welcoming applications for the fall of 2015 and the spring of 2016.

Interns participate in the day-to-day work of the magazine and assist editors with proofreading, manuscript review, editorial administration, website curation and research, and other projects; they may also have the opportunity to contribute writing to the Commonweal website.

Work schedules can be arranged to accommodate ongoing school commitments, although we are hoping that an intern can make a commitment to be in our office at least two full days each week. For outstanding candidates, internships can extend through more than one semester. Modest stipends are offered to help defray living expenses, although we cannot provide housing. Commonweal's office is on the Upper West Side of Manhattan near Columbia University.

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline, as well as those who have completed degrees in the past two years. We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate active engagement with the intellectual life of the Catholic Church and a commitment to journalism and writing.

Applicants should send a cover letter describing their interest, their religious background, and their familiarity with Commonweal, and should detail their academic and writing qualifications (including writing samples if relevant). Applications and questions should be sent to

Our summer 2013 interns wrote an update on their experiences here.