Journalism Internships

International Center for Journalists Communications Intern

ICFJ is looking for an energetic intern to join our communications team and work with us to tell ICFJ’s story. This is an exciting and paid opportunity for a self-starter who wants to advance journalism and further develop his or her communications skills – particularly in digital media.

Interns should be enthusiastic, efficient and flexible. Good writing skills and experience with social media are required. An interest in journalism and/or international affairs is strongly suggested. Applicants should exhibit a spirit of teamwork.

Duties will include developing written, visual and video content, contributing to the maintenance of ICFJ’s website, providing support for ICFJ events and other administrative tasks.

  • Write and publish material for social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
  • Design visuals for social media
  • Film and edit video interviews
  • Help compile regular analytics reports using multiple tools, such as Facebook Insights and Google Analytics
  • Update ICFJ’s website
  • Write short web stories and press mentions
  • Support ICFJ events
  • Provide administrative support as needed
About You:
  • Intern must be enrolled in a degree-granting program during the internship or a recent graduate. Marketing, communications, journalism and design majors preferred.
  • Experience with video editing and video editing software
  • Highly collaborative with strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Take pride in your work

It is a plus if you have experience with: 

  • Major design applications, such as Adobe Creative Suite
  • Photography

The internship would be 21 to 35 hours a week starting in January and finishing in May.

How to apply:

Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and two writing samples here.

ABC7 Chicago – Spring 2019 Internships – Paid

ABC7 (WLS-TV) Chicago is the Midwest flagship of the ABC television network. ABC7 leads the market in local news coverage with daily newscasts, and has been in a number one position in local news since March 1986. The station’s offices and studios are located in The Loop in downtown Chicago.

Be a part of a transformative team and culture…
Through its internship program, ABC7 Chicago aims to enrich and provide a practical experience for the student pursuing a career in the business of broadcasting. You will have the opportunity to observe and participate in the operation of a major-market television station, and learn the function, operation, and staffing of various departments within the station.

By applying to this posting, you will be considered for all paid internship opportunities for Spring 2019, which may include:
-“Windy City Live” daytime talk show production (16-18 hours per week for this internship)
-Community Affairs Programming Specials production (16-18 hours per week for this internship)
-Newsroom: News Planning Team (16-18 hours per week for this internship)
-Newsroom: Investigative Team (“I-Team”) (16-18 hours per week for this internship)
-Newsroom: Digital/Video Team (16-18 hours per week for this internship)
-Newsroom: Sports News Team (16-18 hours per week for this internship)

Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter with your weekly Monday through Sunday time availability, answering the following:
-Why you would like to intern at ABC7 Chicago
-Any relevant internship, work, and/or coursework experience
-Your career goals that might relate to an internship experience at ABC7 Chicago
-Your department(s) of interest (see the list above), in order of interest, 1 being top choice


Responsibilities may include, among others:
-answer phones, view and log tapes, transcribe interviews.
-research news topics (including online/social media news research).
-attend production meetings.
-assist with coordinating logistics for show guests.
-edit and upload video.
-observe reporters, producers, editors, writers, directors and technical crews.

Basic Qualifications:

What you bring to the role:
-Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
-Strong proficiency with MS Office Suite including Word, Outlook, and Excel.
-Previous experience (academic or internship) in journalism (print, digital, and/or broadcast); television, news and new media production; and/or television news script writing.
-Strong familiarity with social media news outlets.
-Strong customer service skills.