Philadelphia Magazine Editorial Internship Program
Thank you for your interest in Philly Mag’s editorial internship program! Please see below for application instructions and general information.
The duties of a Philadelphia magazine editorial intern include, but are not limited to, fact-checking articles to be published in issues, thorough research for staff writers and editors, transcribing interviews, and reporting articles for both the website and magazine. In addition, editorial interns work heavily on fact-checking, updating and writing content for the newsletters and website, as well as creating slideshows, and optimizing print articles for the web. Editorial interns have daily interaction with our editorial staff and the many facets of the publishing industry. The internship provides its participants with a daily perspective behind an award-winning city regional magazine.
NUMBER OF INTERNS PER SEMESTER
On average, we have ten editorial interns at a time.
We usually begin with about 75-150 applicants every semester. Fact-checking tests are sent to the 35 most qualified candidates. From there, we interview about 20 applicants, presenting them with a second fact-checking test. The top 10 candidates are then offered a position within the internship program.
We require a minimum of sixteen hours per week (Monday–Friday), though summer interns usually work a full 35–hour week. Interns are generally expected to work 9:30–5. If you cannot meet these time requirements, please do not apply.
AFFILIATION WITH SCHOOL PROGRAMS
It varies every semester, but about 50% of the editorial interns receive school credit for their internship time.
Fact-checking, research, smaller writing assignments, transcription, working on web content and newsletters. Some administrative work as well (e.g., mailing magazines, assisting on fashion shoots, etc.)
We hold an orientation at the beginning of the semester, during which the managing editor and internship coordinator, Emily Goulet, gives a brief overview of the program, discusses the office environment, and provides general guidelines and expectations. Research editor Victor Fiorillo provides a tutorial in fact-checking. We set weekly and monthly goals for each intern, which include pitching to editors, interviewing sources, writing for the web and/or the print publication, etc.
We are dedicated to providing our interns with a rich learning experience. They are an invaluable part of our team, and are included in full staff meetings, section meetings, brainstorming sessions, etc. Philly Mag interns are not go-fers: We provide challenging tasks, great opportunities to learn about the magazine publishing industry, and supervision to help monitor each intern’s progress and ensure that his or her experience is as positive and enriching as possible.