The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the predominant news outlet in Western Pennsylvania, Director’s Intern will perform front-line journalistic tasks, whether they are assigned to the news desk, sports, the arts or business and finance. This is not an observation or clerical position; it is action-oriented, and the Director’s Intern may write 30 or more stories including a handful of front-page stories.
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette summer intern program is one of the largest in the nation, offering more than 25 motivated students an opportunity to gain experience as working journalists in the competitive, professional environment of a 24/7 newsroom. The Post-Gazette organizes some intern events, including trips to Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece; to the Pittsburgh Symphony; and to the Pittsburgh Pirates ballgames. Pittsburgh is a surprising city to outsiders, with flourishing arts and sports events, vibrant neighborhoods, exceedingly affordable restaurants and housing. The summer internships are aimed at undergraduate students who have had previous journalism experience or training and want to pursue a career in the field.
Summer interns work fulltime as reporters, web and copy editors, photographers, artists or multimedia producers for 10 to 13 weeks, supervised and evaluated by editors and mentored by veteran staffers. Interns are expected to participate in PG sponsored orientation sessions, weekly professionaldevelopment workshops, field trips and social events.
The ideal interns come prepared to write a breaking news story; shoot a video; interview a public official or corporate executive; pitch enterprise ideas; and work collaboratively on a projects team. They must be digitally savvy, meet deadlines and take direction.
**Interns are required to have a valid U.S. driver’s license at the time of application, and the Post-Gazette requires all interns to have a valid driver's license and clean driving record. While it is not required that you have your own transportation, reporters are sometimes required to use either their own or company vehicles to drive moderate or long distances to cover stories. Reporters may also be asked to cover breaking stories that necessitate the use of a vehicle as public transportation may take too long to arrive and get the employee to the scene. While public transportation is available, Pittsburgh is a mid-size city and not as connected by public transit as a large city.
2018 Intern Reflection:
An "average day" looks different for every Post-Gazette intern. I've enjoyed a range of experiences: reviewing books and art exhibits, helping a web producer fact-check a big investigative project, and writing stories for the newspaper's history blog. The best and most informative resource here is the reporting staff—a lot of the writers have been working here for more than 20 years and are lifelong Pittsburgh residents.
Marella Gayla '19
2015 Intern Reflection:
At the Post-Gazette, I have rotated on three departments–local news, editorial, and arts and entertainment–learning much about the different kinds of writing that find their way into a general-readership publication. Feedback on my work has been geared to making me a more effective communicator, and my editors have sat with me and explained how even the smallest things might be fine-tuned to better drive home the point. It's been an intellectual treat and a thrill. For the editorial page, I wrote a personal essay about the Supreme Court's recent same-sex marriage decision. Reviewing an exhibit of women's photography from the Middle East, I grappled with the politics of art. And on one reporting assignment, I rode in a vintage 1930s airplane.
Daniel Solomon '16