The Wall Street Journal’s internship program is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students who intend to pursue a career in journalism. This is a paid summer internship that lasts for 10 weeks. The summer internships generally take place over June, July and August, though start dates can be flexible in certain circumstances.
Include a cover letter, resume and up to six published samples of your work in your application, which is due no later than midnight Eastern time on Nov. 1.
The screening process puts heavy emphasis on journalistic experience. Most of those chosen have had prior internships with other media organizations as well as experience on a campus publication or as a freelancer. Only finalists will be contacted.
Interns are placed in various U.S. cities and, when appropriate, some of our bureaus in Canada or Latin America. For example, past interns have worked with the markets and finance team in New York, covered the auto industry from Detroit and handled general-assignment reporting out of Los Angeles.
Interns work closely with reporters and editors to deliver prompt, accurate reporting of news relevant to their beat. Interns are expected to generate their own story ideas and follow the stories through to completion with supervision and guidance from an editor.
Interns should be self-starters who understand the needs of our growing audience on various print and digital platforms. Dedication to high journalism standards and excellent writing skills are required. Candidates should have prior reporting experience and a demonstrated interest in news, as well as the ability to work independently under deadline pressure.
It helps for applicants to state if they have a location preference and if they have any preferences in subject matter.