TIME Magazine interns will be expected to do a variety of tasks - from covering votes in Congress, hearings and press conferences to logging tapes or helping crunch numbers for our data reporting team. Applicants should have an interest—and basic knowledge of—politics and writing. In your Statement of Interest, please be sure to include two brief (no more than two pages) writing samples of either published or unpublished work.
2018 Intern Reflection:
This has been, far and away, the best internship experience that I've ever had. It's incredibly hands-on; I'm researching, reporting, and writing articles from start to finish every day. At the DC Bureau, I've been completely immersed in politics and I am constantly writing about the latest newsworthy developments: bills, summits, court cases, speeches, polls, and more. That in itself has been amazing and I've gained a much better grasp of the mechanics and rhythm of politics since working here. What I love most about this internship is the wide variety of experiences it offers. I've been able to do everything from reporting on Capitol Hill, to breaking news about Trump's Supreme Court nominee the night he announced it, to interviewing actor and producer Rob Reiner about his new movie. My stories range from brief write-ups that take an hour to longer pieces that require 8+ interviews. I also have the chance to pitch my own cool and ambitious stories on topics that I'm personally interested in.
Even more importantly, learning from the talented reporters at the DC Bureau has been an unparalleled experience. Everyone here is so kind, friendly, and helpful. The expectations for interns are certainly high, but I've also received a lot of support and mentorship. In particular, my editor devotes so much of his time to making this internship experience a good one. He advises me on pitches, gives concrete and constructive feedback on my writing, and even connects me with other journalists so that I can learn more about the career. I would highly recommend this internship to anyone considering political journalism - it's a great way to learn more about the field and improve your writing, research, and reporting skills.
Abigail Simon '19
2017 Intern Reflection:
TIME Magazine’s D.C. office is a fantastic place to work. As an intern, I’ve had the opportunity to pitch my own stories, chase down interesting leads, learn firsthand what it’s like to report on Capitol Hill, and contribute to investigative stories. I’ve been able to write on everything from day drinking during Comey’s testimony before Congress to this year’s spike in transgender political candidates to presidential approaches to diplomacy in North Korea. I’ve learned a ton about both print and online journalism and honed my writing thanks to a team of supportive editors. It’s also been a crash course in understanding D.C. politics and how they are covered, all of which is totally new to me. I’ve really appreciated the variety that this internship has offered: not only have I been able to do reporting on topics that have taken me all over the city, but I’ve also gotten to speak to a range of really interesting sources and worked on both shorter daily pieces and longer, more in-depth features. I would highly recommend this internship to anyone who wants to learn more about magazine journalism, improve their reporting and writing skills, or get more immersed in politics.
Emma Talkoff '18