LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
Our office is able to host a REMOTE OR IN-PERSON intern (depending on mutual preference).
TIME ZONE: PT
WORKING HOURS: The intern needs to keep the same business hours as our office.
INDUSTRY: Advocacy / Grassroots
ABOUT US: Crooked believes that we need a better conversation about politics, culture, and the world around us—one that doesn’t just focus on what’s broken, but what we can do to fix it. We are a media network that showcases stories, voices, and opportunities for activism that inform, entertain, and inspire action, because it’s up to all of us to do our part to build a better world. That’s it. End of mission.
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
SPECIALIZED SKILLS: Social Media Management & Marketing, Statistical & Data Analysis, knowledge of public policy.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Our intern program is structured to give students an opportunity to work hand in hand with our full time teams on impactful projects. Outside of their projects, we host professional development workshops and events that create a space for interns to connect with our staff.
EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: Access to high-speed Wi-Fi, Personal laptop, Web Camera, Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)
2021 Intern Reflection
I've loved my experience working at Crooked Media so far. As an intern on the Politics team, I help the politics/Vote Save America wing of Crooked with research, editing, and the occasional writing task. More specifically, some of my daily tasks have included researching and writing bios for potential podcast guests, finding new statements by senators to update our filibuster tracker, and putting together data on candidates in upcoming elections. I've especially enjoyed seeing how forward-looking the whole team is -- one of my long term projects is to identify and research "emerging battleground" states, to see where Crooked can make a difference and help invest in communities in the next 5-10 years. The whole team is so kind and welcoming, and they really make the interns feel like valued members of the organization, whether it be through team building events designed specifically for interns, or inviting us to sit in on meetings (including meetings with the Crooked Founders!). All of the work we do feels important, and it's an amazing feeling to know that I'm working for an organization that's genuinely trying to help people across the country. For future interns: speak up, ask for projects, be yourself (they love a good sense of humor) and try not to get as star struck as I did when you first meet the podcast hosts!
2020 Intern Reflection
My experience so far as a news and politics intern for Crooked Media has been fantastic. Despite everything being remote, the team has gone out of their way to make me feel included and integrate me into both the workflow and the social ecosystem of the company. I work primarily with the news team on Pod Save America and Pod Save the World, and assist the politics team with the Vote Save America initiative. When I’m not in a recording session, I am usually researching and writing briefs for upcoming interviews and current events, or tracking down information about the 2020 election for voters and community organizers. During such a turbulent time in our nation’s history, and with such a pivotal election rapidly approaching, working at Crooked has given me a sense of purpose and involvement in the political and social dialogue we are having right now. Helping cover such rapidly evolving issues with such high stakes has given me a renewed sense of hope about the country’s future, and an even greater sense of motivation to participate in the fight to get there.
-Quinn Lewis '22
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