National Review, founded in 1955 by William F. Buckley Jr., is the nation’s premier journal of conservative thought. It publishes policy analysis, political reporting, book reviews, culture commentary, and reflection on first principles. Its staff and writers are a mix of traditionalist conservatives, classical liberals, and contemporary libertarians.
The Director's Intern will work in NR’s New York headquarters and be engaged in every step of the editorial process. She or he will participate in content-planning, conduct background research, copy-edit, fact-check, produce content for the website, and write blog posts and articles.
2015 Intern Reflection:
William F. Buckley, founder of National Review, once said, “A conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling, ‘Stop!’” Unsurprisingly, my internship at NR was an exercise in “Stop!”-yelling and athwart-standing--that is to say, I spent this summer sharpening my classical-liberal values, learning how to write with more zeal and candor, and contributing to an earnest discussion on how to reform today’s dangerous political zeitgeist.
In the spirit of the liberty we were espousing, the three other interns and I were free to pitch our own ideas during our daily morning meeting, most of which we were able to write up into full-fledged pieces on National Review Online with our very own by-lines. I also wrote pieces for “The Week” section of the biweekly print magazine. Among a dozen other topics, I wrote on the death penalty, the Pope’s encyclical, and the tenth anniversary of Supreme court case Kelo v. New London. All of these pieces attracted a ton of traffic in the comments section, and many even got picked up by other news sites and blogs.
But the best part of this internship was learning from the writers and editors on the political and intellectual cutting edge. The office culture here is one of constant and unapologetic learning. The staff taught me investigative skills, like how to access and make sense of financial disclosure forms; intellectual skills, like how to produce concrete, verifiable arguments over visceral ones; and personal skills, like how to take an unpopular but necessary stance with aplomb. For all this I am thankful, and I recommend this internship to anyone interested in courageous journalism.
Shubankar Chhokra '18
2014 Intern Reflection:
This past summer, I interned in Manhattan at National Review, a conservative magazine and website for news and opinion. I mainly wrote for National Review Online, which is a separate publication from the semimonthly magazine, though I helped with the magazine from time to time with copyediting and writing. My usual hours were around 9-5, but once a week I worked the late shift from 4-10 to cover the evening news. One of my main responsibilities was monitoring news stations and websites for important interviews, press conferences, or other interesting or newsy items, about which I wrote short posts for National Review’s primary blog, “The Corner.” I also wrote longer articles for the website, and these pieces could be about any topic that interested me, as long as I ran it by the top editors during our daily morning meetings during which all of the writers shared story ideas. I wrote pieces about anti-Semitism on college campuses, the Veterans Affairs scandal, and much more.
This was an amazing internship - I saw my writing and reporting skills improve immensely, and was constantly exposed to interesting ideas and opinions. I was so surprised about how much I was able to write, and it was very exciting to have my pieces read on such a large scale (my pieces often get hundreds of comments.) I also become very knowledgeable about the current issues in politics, since I heard and wrote about these issues all day long. I highly recommend this internship to anyone interested in journalism or politics.
Molly Wharton '17