In 2016, a sane conversation about politics was most needed but hardest to find.
We needed a better conversation about politics in this country — and that's why we launched Crooked Media — to talk about politics in a way that doesn’t make you want to throw your phone out the window – with shows and analysis and other forms of sweet, sweet content that inform, entertain, and inspire action. No, we’re not unbiased, we’re not always serious and we’re certainly not always right. But we promise a no-BS conversation about politics and culture where you can laugh, cry, scream, ridicule us daily, share your ideas, and hopefully decide that you want to help fix this mess too. That’s it.
News & Research Internship
Day-to-day duties include:
- Assist in the daily operations of the news/politics departments
- Conduct research on current events, policies, and politicians quickly and efficiently
- Track the news cycle, particularly political news and election news
- Compile information for podcast segments and compose briefs about upcoming podcast guests
- Fact check and copy edit daily newsletter
Ideal candidates have:
- Good research skills and strong writing skills
- Strong fact-checking and news sourcing skills
- Knowledge and understanding of US politics and political systems
- Ability to gather and synthesize information quickly in a clear, concise manner
2019 Intern Reflection
As an intern on the political team, I juggle many projects that the team has approaching the 2020 elections. Some are short term like research projects on local election and some are creative like brainstorming the names for our funds to flip the Senate (go check it out because name is amazing, if we do say so ourselves). The long-term projects are exciting as well because those will come to fruition down the road, like preparations for the 2020 election and profiles of each of the Democratic candidates. Five of the Democratic presidential candidates I was researching came to the office for interviews, as well as other big celebrities, some truly surreal moments! So clearly, the job is endlessly exciting with so many things to have a hand in, and the people at the office are all helpful and encourage you to think of new ideas and be vocal.
To future interns at Crooked: never be afraid to speak up! Ask to shadow different departments; don’t feel boxed in by one department because the company can teach you so much with both a political and creative podcasting side. The office is an exciting place to be because the company is expanding so quickly. There is so much to do at Crooked; just ask!
Jerrica Li '21
2018 Intern Reflection
As a research and content intern, I spend much of my time gathering information necessary for Crooked Media’s podcasts or political operations. This work includes reading and writing about guests who will appear on Crooked podcasts. With midterm elections coming up in November, a crucial part of my research has involved following primary election candidates and results across the United States. Thanks to the work I’ve been doing, I feel like I’m a part of the news cycle and political system.
I feel so lucky to experience multiple facets of the organization, particularly when I am fact checking our newsletter or taking notes in the writer’s room. The office culture is lively yet relaxed; everyone is excited to be there and eager to mentor interns! There are so many opportunities to learn about politics, media, development, business, and so much more here— all you have to do is ask!
Jenna Gray '19