Commonweal Internship Program

Commonweal Magazine, the distinguished independent journal of opinion edited and managed by lay Catholics, invites qualified candidates to apply for its prestigious internship program.

We are currently welcoming applications for fall 2016 internships.

Interns have the opportunity to work closely with editors in writing and publishing original articles for the Commonweal website or print magazine. They also participate in day-to-day and long-term operations of Commonweal’s editorial, marketing, development, and digital departments. Proofreading, manuscript review, editorial administration, website curation and research, event preparation, marketing campaign development, and various special projects are all options for an intern to explore, depending on his or her interest.

Through experience with nonprofit journalism, interns will hone their skills in writing, editing, close reading, and critical thinking. Opportunities to attend events and lectures around New York will expose interns to a wide professional network of theologians, journalists, and scholars. Interns’ names will appear on the masthead during their time with Commonweal.

Commonweal has three internship cycles with flexible start and end dates. Responsibilities during each cycle may vary according the production schedule and upcoming events.

          Spring: ~February 1 – May 15

          Summer: ~June 1 – August 15

          Fall: ~September 1 – December 15

Candidates should demonstrate an interest in journalism and engagement with the topics covered in Commonweal—religion, politics, culture, and the arts. We particularly wish to hear from candidates with experience writing for publication in any medium. One need not be Catholic to apply, but a willingness to engage with the Catholic tradition is a necessary attribute for understanding Commonweal’s work.

Applicants for the spring and fall internships are expected to be in the office at least two full days each week. Summer internships are full-time, though Commonweal operates on a four-day workweek (Monday through Thursday). Modest stipends are offered to help defray living and commuting expenses, though Commonweal cannot provide housing. Our offices are located on the Upper West Side in New York City.

Thoughtful, motivated, mature, productive, collaborative individuals—preferably undergraduate students, graduate students, or those who have completed a degree within the past year or two—should send a resume, cover letter, and samples of original writing to [email protected].

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