The Boston Globe is the largest news organization in New England, with more than 200 reporters and editors. Our politics stories cover a vast range, from storied institutions such as City Hall and the State House to groundswell activism in a region that has become an epicenter of the Resistance.
This summer, the intern will also have the unique opportunity to participate in the Globe's coverage of three of the region's most fascinating campaigns -- and each with national reverberations. The 2018 ballot features US Senate Elizabeth Warren's re-election bid; Republican Governor Charlie Baker's presumed campaign for a second term in a blue state; a wide-open race for Congress in Lowell; ballot initiatives on the so-called Millionaire's Amendment and other controversial issues.
This IOP Director's intern will report and write on all of this, and more, as a junior member of our politics team for the summer. This internship offers a budding journalist the opportunity to experience the ins and outs of a political journalism job firsthand, working with top-notch editors and reporters who know these beats better than anyone in the city.
The Globe's Director's Intern will ideally have the following duties:
- Pitch thoughtful and eye-catching politics enterprise stories, then report and write them for the Boston Globe.
- File short and compelling features for the weekly Capital Source section.
- Report and write breaking news on local politics, including events at City Hall and the State House, as well as news out of the 2018 races for governor, US Senate, and Congress.
- Research projects, including data collection, for editors and reporters.
- 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 at least two years experience writing for a campus publication and/or an internship with another news or magazine publication.
Please also state in your application whether you have a current driver's license. This isn't a dealbreaker, but a driver’s license will enable the successful applicant to cover campaigns beyond Cambridge and Boston. Access to a car is not required.
A successful and productive Director's Intern will end his or her summer at the Boston Globe with several compelling and smart politics stories, as well as a deeper understanding of what a career in political journalism entails.
2018 Intern Reflection
Covering politics for The Boston Globe is an amazing experience for anyone interested in journalism, and specifically covering state and local government. Throughout the internship I covered candidate forums for upcoming elections, legislation in the State House, community activism, City Hall hearings, and lawsuits. One day I waited outside Charlie Baker's office to ask him questions about a bill to add a gender-neutral designation for Massachusetts IDs, and another day I attended a press conference with Senator Ed Markey and asked him questions about his visit to detention facilities at the US-Mexico border. I spent most days at the Globe's newsroom in the heart of Boston, but also many days at the State House, City Hall, and out in the community reporting.
This internship is a great opportunity for someone with a solid background in reporting because because you'll be expected to take on assignments your first day on the job and everything you write will be published. That being said, the editors are really supportive and work with you to improve your writing throughout the summer. The Globe is a great working environment, especially for interns, because more seasoned journalists are always willing to offer advice, and there are lots of other interns in different content departments throughout the newsroom to talk to. Overall, anyone with an interest in Massachusetts politics and reporting will love the perspective this internship provides on key issues and the valuable journalistic skills-building over the course of the summer.
Jamie Halper '20
2017 Intern Reflection
I spent the summer writing about both state and city politics for the Boston Globe, under the supervision of political editor. I split my time between the Globe's new downtown headquarters and the State House, where I got a glimpse of the ins-and-outs of the historic building, and the lawmakers and journalists who occupy it. I talked to state legislators, Governor Charlie Baker, and citizens and activists who came to the State House to speak out on issues ranging from marijuana policy to taxes to protections for immigrants in Massachusetts. The job also took me to an event featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren (who I questioned at a press conference), a Boston city council election forum in Roxbury, and other political happenings around Boston. And I got to pitch my own stories—one of which ended up on the front page.
This internship is ideal for students with prior journalism experience who are interested in pursuing journalism as a career. The Globe is great about assigning stories to their interns from the get-go—meaning the work is substantive, and the training, excellent. Having professional editors look over my writing was such a valuable learning experience, and I feel that I grew as a writer and reporter over the course of the summer. The Globe's standards are high, and they expect professionalism from the beginning, but the staff is friendly and willing to provide advice and support to interns. Future interns should come to the job with a strong interest in local politics and a willingness to chase any story your editor asks you to—you may be surprised at where it will take you.
Claire Parker '19
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