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Summer Journalism Internship Opportunities

The English Department’s summer internship program in journalism offers students the unusual opportunity to get on-the-job experience at local media outlets.  Internships are available at venues both in Detroit and in Ann Arbor and typically last 8-12 weeks May-August. Exact timing will vary from placement to placement.

The English Department will offer funding to at least five successful applicants. While all LSA students are welcome to apply, preference will be given to English majors, English minors / Creative Writing minors then students who have enrolled in one or more journalism-related courses in the Department of English.

Please click here to begin your 2024 Summer Journalism Internship Program application

Application tips:

  • Update your cover letter and resume.  It is likely that your cover letter and resume will be sent to multiple organizations for consideration, so do not address your cover letter to any specific organization. Cover letters should be addressed to: Internship Director Lisa Makman. 
  • Submit the Summer Journalism Internship Application by Sunday, March 31 at 11:59PM.

Internship Partners - Take a look at some of our frequent placements!

Ann Arbor Observer

Would you like to work locally with the community’s longest-running monthly magazine? The popular Ann Arbor Observer has a history in our community that reaches back almost fifty years. It provides county residents with local news, reviews, and calendars of events. The Observer also publishes the highly-regarded annual City Guide. Students interning at the Observer will have the opportunity to research and write articles for the City Guide, to work on expanding the Observer’s website, and/or to produce copy under the supervision of events editor, Jen Taylor. This internship has flexible hours and a flexible time frame.

Bridge Magazine

Are you interested in working with Michigan’s prime nonpartisan, nonprofit news source? The aim of Bridge Magazine is to publish in-depth news and analysis focused on issues affecting Michigan. In this internship, you will work with award-winning journalists in Bridge offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Lansing The work will include in-person and telephone interviews, as well as reporting and writing stories independently and in collaboration with Bridge journalists. Bridge is a fast-paced, mission-focused environment, making it a great place for an aspiring journalist to gain experience. A willingness to drive to various assignments and workplaces is a must for this internship. Experience with publications, such as the Michigan Daily, and experience working under and meeting tight deadlines is a plus but not a requirement.


Detroit Free Press

Interested in working at a large and renowned daily paper? The award-winning Detroit Free Press is looking for high-energy, self-starting interns to join the largest news organization in Michigan for 10-12 week assignments on our breaking and trending news team on a full-time or part-time basis. The candidates for these positions will be responsible for researching, reporting and writing compelling journalism and shooting videos that continuously grows audience – particularly our mobile audience – by informing and engaging readers on all platforms. Interns will be asked to provide thoughtful analysis of complex issues and trending news, connecting with readers through social media, while working with the content coach and web team to shape storytelling to meet audience needs and interests. Applicants should have some familiarity with journalism (a journalism course or college newspaper experience).

The Detroit News

Features Internship

The Detroit News is seeking a Features intern to work as a general assignment reporter. The selected candidate will cover a variety of stories for the publication’s Arts & Style and Go! sections, which includes coverage of human interest stories, events, music, trends, social interests and featurettes. The qualified candidate will also pitch story ideas and cover breaking news.The qualified candidate should have had a previous internship, have an interest in print journalism, be well-versed in AP style, and have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license.

Direct inquiries to Leslie Crutchfield, features editor, at with “Features internship” in the subject field. 

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Detroit River Story Lab - 3 Internships Available!


U-M’s Detroit River Story Lab has arranged with a variety of local community journalism partners to host paid summer internships for U-M students this summer. While partner organizations will make final hiring decisions, DRSL will collect and pre-screen applications on their behalf and provide funding support for the internships.

The application for these DRSL-sponsored positions consists of a resume, a one-page cover letter specific to a single position, and a polished writing sample. To apply, combine all three parts into a single pdf file, and email it as an attachment to, along with a message indicating which position you’re applying for. If you’d like to apply for more than one, please prepare and submit a separate application packet for each.


Michigan News

Have you ever wondered how the University of Michigan conveys U-M news to the broader world? Michigan News is the central campus office that promotes research, major events, expertise and programs to enhance the university’s reputation around the world. Michigan News uses multiple methods and platforms for storytelling, including news release distribution, social media engagement and multimedia production. Interns working with Michigan News may work on a specific publication or project, or may be able to work across the organization.

Michigan Quarterly Review

Michigan Quarterly Review is an interdisciplinary and international literary journal, combining distinctive voices in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as works in translation. Our work extends online as well, where we publish cultural commentary alongside reviews and interviews with writers, artists, and cultural figures around the world. The flagship literary journal of the University of Michigan, our magazine embraces creative urgency and cultural relevance, aiming to challenge conventions and address long-overdue conversations. As we continue to promote an expansive and inclusive vision, we seek work from established and emerging writers with diverse aesthetics and experiences.


Do you want to get some experience at Michigan’s most-read news site? MLive offers reporting internships throughout the year in various locations, including Ann Arbor. Durations are for up to six months but can be shorter. The internships focus intensively on local news reporting and are an excellent opportunity to work with experienced editors and reporters while reporting and writing local news. MLive offers the benefits and resources of a large organization, but also the hands-on mentorship of a small team. We want to help train the next generation of journalists. It’s a mission we take seriously at MLive. 

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