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.
2019 Intern Reflection:
I could not have asked for more from my internship at National Review. They offered me a platform, journalistic freedom, and a network of incredible collaborators – it was up to me how I would choose to use them. There was no coddling, bureaucracy, or unnecessary administrative tasks. At the beginning each day, I phoned into pitch my stories alongside some of the nation’s best conservative columnists. I then set about writing, reaching out for advice if I needed it. They expect interns to arrive with ideas and ready to put them on paper, but are more than happy if those ideas outside of their status quo. I’ve written an equal number of columns criticizing the American conservative movement as I have criticizing the left – and that’s been encouraged, not condemned. National Review contains incredible intellectual diversity, and working at such an established publication has granted me an incredible level access into the journalistic world. If you seize the opportunity, there’s an incredible amount to be gained.
Sahil Handa '21
2018 Intern Reflection:
This is the best journalism internship anyone could hope for. At most publications, an intern might spend most of his time completing dry writing assignments, riffling through archives, and proofreading writers' pieces. National Review, on the other hand, gets its interns writing from day one. I was astonished at how much we are able to write, and on how many different subjects. What the editors want are adventuresome and intrepid young writers who are eager to learn by doing. No one is going to hold your hand; you just have to dive in.
That is not to say that the editors won't care what you do. Another excellent feature is that they are willing to work with you to refine your ideas and your mode of expressing them. They're happy to lend their knowledge and their experience to help a mere intern. This is the place for anyone who wants to learn intelligent, vigorous conservative journalism.
Liam Warner '20
2017 Intern Reflection:
My time at National Review has been one of intellect, candor, and learning. Prior to interning here, I had no experience in journalism yet that never once stopped me of NR’s staff from believing in my ability to succeed in this realm of public service. Each day, I woke up happy to start another day at NR. From our daily morning conference meetings where we’d pitch article ideas that we were passionate about, to unforgettable lunches and conversations with other interns and employees; from editing other pieces and learning things you’ve never conceptualized to speaking with authors, lawyers, advocates, and whoever else works or is invited to NR on a weekly basis, this experience has been nothing short of amazing.
A bit quieter about my political opinions on Harvard’s campus, NR’s environment encouraged me to speak more candidly about the things that I believed in. I spent my summer writing pieces on free campus speech, abortion, welfare, Black Lives Matter, immigration, and President Trump’s tweets. The experience I’ve gained and the skills that I’ve learned have not only made me a better writer, editor, and intellectual, but have also bolstered my love for journalism and the efforts that go into the dissemination of political news. After these eight weeks, I’ve felt much more equipped to talk about politics and public policy and more confident in my opinions.
The best part of my time here has been reflecting on my own advancements and being proud to have come such a long way in such a short amount of time. The attitude here, as expressed by a member of the NR staff, is that “th[is] internship is supposed to be educational” and that we are “writing, being published, and learning” and should be proud of that. I would whole-heartedly recommend this internship for anyone that is either passionate about writing in politics or has no experience and would like to try something new. If you have a voice and want it heard, take the time to apply to not only work in the field of journalism, but learn from some of the incredible interns and employees that NR hires, just as I did this summer.
Sapna Rampersaud '19