The Boston Globe is the largest and most prestigious news organization in New England, with more than 200 reporters and editors working in its headquarters and bureaus. The Globe's political coverage covers a vast and varied range, from City Hall to the State House, and from Capitol Hill to the presidential campaign trail.
This IOP Director's Internship will be with the Globe's politics desk in the metro department, the largest section in the newsroom. This opportunity offers a budding journalist the opportunity to report and write a wide variety stories on local and national politics, plus experience a job in political journalism first-hand, working with top-notch editors and reporters.
The Boston Globe's Director's Intern will ideally have the following duties:
· Pitch politics story ideas, report and write them for the Boston Globe's weekly politics section, Capital.
· Write special features for the weekly Capital section.
· Report and write up breaking news on politics for the Globe's website.
· Research special projects, including data analysis, for the Globe's politics editors.
· Cover local political events at City Hall and the State House.
· Contribute reporting and research to Globe stories as needed.
The ideal applicant will have experience with news writing and a demonstrated interest in politics. Specifically, the applicant should have either at least one year of experience writing for a campus publication or an internship with another news or magazine publication.
A successful and productive Director's Intern will end his or her summer at the Boston Globe with several published stories and a deeper understanding of a career in political journalism.
2016 Director’s Intern Reflection
This summer I interned as a politics reporter for the Boston Globe, reporting under the metro section of the paper. I wrote more than 30 stories for the web and for print, one of which appeared on the front page. I covered all levels of politics, from local (Boston) to state, to national. Some highlights: traveling to Bangor, Maine and Manchester NH for Trump rallies and speeches, traveling to Portsmouth NH for the Bernie-Hillary reconciliation, standing outside of a Boston building for hours waiting for Tim Kaine on the day it was projected he would be Clinton's VP nominee, interviewing Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. I also interviewed Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Governor Charlie Baker (briefly), AG Maura Healey, and several state senators and reps. While on the road, I got to meet political reporters who I really admire as well.
The job has been rigorous but so rewarding. I have grown immensely as a reporter and writer—indeed, the Globe places special emphasis on writing style and quality and allows its reporters to have unique voices in their copy. My advice: say yes to everything—every assignment is important to the paper and website. Know how to drive, and drive well (I drove around Boston, and it is not the easiest city to navigate, plus I drove 8 hours round trip for an assignment). It was the best summer I've had yet, and I am so grateful that the IOP and the Globe have partnered for this internship.
Meg Bernhard '17