The Boston Globe is the largest news organization in New England, and our political coverage runs the gamut from storied institutions such as Beacon Hill to the fertile launching ground of presidential candidates.
Indeed, the region punches above its weight in politics -- think US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, former governor Deval Patrick, and US Representatives Joe Kennedy III, Seth Moulton, Katherine Clark and Ayanna Pressley.
This summer's intern will report and write stories as a junior member of our local politics team, covering everything from ongoings at City Hall to the battles of the State House, as well as the beginnings of the New Hampshire presidential primary. They will often work out of the Globe's bureau on Beacon Hill, where on any given day they might be chasing down lawmakers for a quote or combing through lobbying records for a story.
This internship offers 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.
The Globe's Director's Intern will ideally have the following duties:
- File short and fun feature items for a weekly political column.
- Report and write breaking news and features on local politics.
- Research projects, including data collection, for editors and reporters.
- Pitch and execute eye-catching politics enterprise stories.
- Contribute reporting and research to Globe stories as needed.
The ideal applicant will have experience with news writing and a demonstrated interest in politics. Applicants should also have at least two years' experience writing for a campus publication and/or at least one 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 compelling and smart politics clips, as well as a deeper understanding of what a career in political journalism demands in these times.
2019 Intern Reflection
The best part of the Boston Globe Director’s Internship is that it doesn’t feel like an internship at all. From the beginning of the summer, the Globe staff treated me like one of their own reporters, assigning me to cover some of the summer’s most significant political threads at City Hall, the State House, and the New Hampshire Presidential Primary — where I even got to ask Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg questions. This internship also gave me the opportunity to pitch many of my own stories, including a piece on how young voters in N.H. feel about Joe Biden that ended up on the front page of the Sunday Metro section.
This internship is best suited for someone with a strong background in reporting and writing, as you will be expected to quickly take on assignments as well as pitch many articles of your own. The expectations are high, but so many of the Globe’s editors, reporters, and staff members are great to work with and are happy to help with anything from writing the perfect lede to learning about a particular political topic. Most of the work is done at the Globe’s downtown office, but stories have taken me as far as Provincetown, Mass. and Portsmouth, N.H. Anyone who is politically-minded and has a strong foundation in journalism will excel in this internship.
Aidan Ryan '21
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