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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 and minors and students who have enrolled in one or more journalism-related courses in the Department of English.

Application Deadline:  TBA


How to Apply & Selection Process:

  • 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 the announced deadline


Internship Partners

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, Katie Whitney. This internship has flexible hours and a flexible time frame.

Bridge Magazine

Bridge Additional Summer 2022 Information

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.

Chicago Tribune

Interested in working for a large urban daily newspaper? Come intern at the most-read daily newspaper of the Chicago metropolitan area and the Great Lakes region! You will have the opportunity to create content for all platforms of The Chicago Tribune; interns will be encouraged to develop, report, analyze and write original news stories.  The Tribune is seeking an intern to create content for all platforms that engages audiences and supports the newsroom’s mission to inform and connect our community. A successful candidate will develop, report, analyze and create original news and enterprise stories in text and other forms. Besides having strong writing and reporting skills, the ideal candidate has a basic understanding of: assessing audience through basic metrics; publishing on other platforms such as social media; and the basics of making photos and videos. Interns have the opportunity to develop a mini-beat if he or she has a strong interest in a topic, issue or trend. Tribune Journalists must possess initiative, creativity, good news judgment, attention to detail, self-direction, the ability to multitask and meet deadlines, the ability and desire to work with a team, a strong command of the English language and a commitment to accuracy. They should have a basic understanding of digital trends, social media and audience metrics.

Detroit Free Press

2022 Newsroom Interns

FREEP Film Festival Intern

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 Public Television

One Detroit Journalism and Video Production Intern

Come work for WTVS Detroit Public Television (DPTV), the viewer-supported PBS member station serving the nation's 11th largest television market. DPTV produces local programs that showcase culture, news and analysis. Interns will work in areas such as Instagram account management, digital video production, news reporting, digital asset creation, digital marketing, digital content management, and visual archiving.

The Manchester Mirror

Are you interested in exploring the world of community journalism? Work for The Manchester Mirror, a weekly newspaper that covers the Manchester, Michigan area including Bridgewater Township, Freedom Township, Sharon Township and Manchester Township all located in the nearby southwest corner of Washtenaw County.

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

Undergraduate Editorial Assistant ~ Summer 2022

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. 

National Public Radio, Stateside

Interested in the cultural and political life of Michiganders? Do you have ideas about what issues, topics, and questions Michigan residents care about? Join the team at NPR, where you will work with executive producer, Laura Webber-Davis and host, Laura April Baer.  Pitch your ideas, book guests, record audio, assist with social media, and write web posts. For this internship, you will need to submit a second writing sample as well as two pitches for possible Stateside segments that answer the following: What is the topic or question you want to explore? Why should Michigan residents care about it? Who should we talk to?