Commonweal Internship Program

Commonweal invites qualified candidates from undergraduate and graduate programs in any discipline to apply for its editorial internship program. We will soon seek candidates for summer 2022. As we continue to monitor the ongoing pandemic, we are open to reviewing applications for remote internships, with the possibility of spending a couple of weeks in NYC during the spring semester paid by a generous grant.

Description and Details 

Commonweal, marking its ninety-seventh year of publication, is currently seeking an intern to join the magazine for the spring term. Since its founding in 1924, the magazine has served as a forum for civil, reasoned debate on the intersection of faith with contemporary politics and culture. The editorial interns will assist staff in furthering Commonweal’s mission as an independent, lay-edited, Catholic journal as it moves into the next century of its history.

The editorial internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as young writers, journalists, theologians, and political commentators. Interns work closely with editors in writing original articles for the Commonweal website or print magazine. They also participate in Commonweal’s editorial, marketing, development, and digital work.

Our offices are located in New York City, and the schedule for spring interns is flexible. It can be full-time (Monday through Thursday), part-time, or remote, depending on the candidate’s availability. Start and end dates are flexible. This is a paid internship.

Writing and Editing

  • Write and create original content in a variety of formats, from social media to long-form narratives and criticism.
  • Research stories and conduct interviews with leading journalists, theologians, writers, and other cultural figures.
  • Assist with editorial functions for online publication, including articles, book reviews, poetry, short stories, archival collections, website curation and research, social media platforms, and podcast content.

Platform Management

  • Prepare content for publication using an online content management system (CMS).
  • Fact-check stories for accuracy.
  • Assist in editorial planning and production of the Commonweal Podcast.
  • Create social media copy for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • An in-progress or completed degree in journalism, English, creative writing, communications, theology, religious studies or a related field is required.
  • A willingness to learn social media platforms for marketing purposes.
  • Excellent communication skills, including copyediting and proofreading.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments with a variety of coworkers
  • Keep informed and aware of the news of interest to Catholics, both nationwide and worldwide.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter, describing their interest in Commonweal, and demonstrating knowledge of the magazine. Applicants should include at least two writing samples, which may include student newspaper and magazine clips, academic papers, blog posts, podcast segments, and unpublished pieces. At least one sample should be a written sample not exceeding 1,500 words. Applications are accepted by e-mail only to [email protected].


Gabriella Wilke
Marketing and Audience Development Director
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