The Post-Gazette offers internship opportunities for eligible college students to work alongside talented journalists and gain experience in a professional news environment.
Selected interns will be placed in one of several departments in our newsroom: Local News, Business, Features, Sports, Digital, Photo, Art (Design), Copy Desk and Opinion. While most of the intern experience will mimic that of the Post-Gazette’s staff, interns also will participate in other activities that will give them the necessary tools to succeed as journalists as well as enjoy getting to know Pittsburgh.
All interns must receive financial assistance from their schools. A journalism-based monetary award is acceptable, too. We do not offer academic internships. Internships run from May through August for no fewer than 10 and no more than 13 weeks.
Eligibility: Must be a student in good standing at a college or university. Must have previous journalism experience (previous internship experience is preferred). A valid driver's license with a clean driving record is required.
Instructions to apply: Fill out an application form and send along with a cover letter, resume and 3-5 clips/work samples. When you submit in CARAT, this will comprise your Statement of Interest.
2019 Intern Reflection:
I'm spending the summer working on the local news desk at the Post-Gazette. The amount of writing experience they offer interns is huge—I've had a few stories published every week, and no two stories are the same, with pitches ranging from court cases to local politics to social issues. All the reporters are extremely knowledgeable and talented (they just won the Pulitzer for breaking news), and everyone is very welcoming to the interns and is always willing to pitch a story or offer advice on how to do the best possible job.
Molly McCafferty '21
2019 Intern Reflection:
The Post-Gazette expects interns to be reporting and publishing stories from virtually the first day of the summer, providing a great opportunity to gain valuable experience off the bat. Although the newsroom can get lively at times, it is far from an intimidating atmosphere, and employees — especially editors —are always happy to offer advice on specific reporting tips or the journalism profession. As a business section intern, I have written about bar exam preparation, personal finance, and workplace culture, and next week will be traveling to Uniontown, a rural Pennsylvania city next week, to report on the local economy.
Jonah Berger '21
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