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Newsroom Internships, Summer 2009

The Chronicle internship program provides aspiring journalists with a diverse newsroom experience. Most of our interns have previous newsroom experience with college publications and previous internships with medium-sized metro papers. The number of interns varies each year based on our newsroom budget. We cannot guarantee we will accept interns every year.

Competition for a Chronicle internship is intense. We accept upper-level students enrolled in accredited four-year colleges, students who have graduated within six months of the start of the internship and currently enrolled graduate students. Please follow the application instructions closely. Applications that do not comply with these directions will not be considered.

Summer interns are full-time employees of The Chronicle for approximately 10 to 12 weeks. The internship usually begins after Memorial Day and concludes by Labor Day. At this time, The Chronicle offers paid newsroom internships only during the summer. Interns can expect to earn about $650 a week before taxes. Prospective interns are offered employment after successfully passing a drug screen and background check. Interns should not expect to be considered for employment by The Chronicle at the conclusion of the internship.

Interns are expected to work wherever assigned, and may also work early and late shifts, with split days off. The Chronicle does not furnish housing. An automobile is not required.

Please do not call or e-mail The Chronicle to check on the status of your application. Finalists will be contacted by phone.

Since 1865, Chronicle journalists have been covering news in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The San Francisco Chronicle is the second largest newspaper in California and operates the fourth largest newspaper Web site in the country.

The Chronicle and have a daily readership of 1.6 million; Sunday readership is 1.4 million. The Chronicle and SFGate are owned by the Hearst Corp.

Source: Scarborough Research, July 2006

How to apply for an internship

Applicants must send the following:

A cover letter that includes an overview of your education and what you have accomplished in journalism, and states what kind of work you seek at The Chronicle (as a reporter, photographer, graphic artist, sports reporter, editorial writer, etc.) and what you would like to take away from your internship experience.

A resume that lists your previous work experience (paid and unpaid), previous internships, education, languages in which you are fluent, computer and other professional skills, outside interests, etc.

Professional references of three individuals who are familiar with your journalism work. If you have had a previous internship, your intern supervisor or editor should be among your references. Please identify them (for example, she was my direct supervisor at my college newspaper). Provide a phone number with area code and/or e-mail address for all your references.

For specific positions, please follow these additional instructions (none of the materials you submit will be returned):

Reporters/Feature Writers: Submit five to seven photocopies (not original clips) of your best stories. Bylines should be included on some of your stories, but are not necessary on all of them. However, the publication name and date of publication must be legible for each article. Articles must be on white 8.5” x 11” paper so they can be easily photocopied. You may reduce a story’s font size, but it must be legible and no smaller than 6-point type.

Photographers: Provide a CD — and please, only CDs — of 10 to 20 of your best images. Be sure your name is on the CD.

Multimedia Reporters/Producers: Submit a CD or a link to a Web page of five to 10 samples of your best work. Be sure your name is on the CD.

Graphic Artists and Designers: Send a CD with 10 to 20 of your best images. Be sure your name is on the CD. If you submit copies of layouts, they must be on white 8.5” x 11” paper so they can be photocopied.

The deadline for applications to The Chronicle’s 2009 Summer Newsroom Internship Program is Oct. 31, 2008. Applications completed as described must be postmarked by this date. No late applications will be considered.

Send the required material postmarked by Oct. 31, 2008 to:
San Francisco Chronicle
Summer Internship Program
Human Resources Dept.
901 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103-2905

Finalists for newsroom internships will be contacted for a telephone interview by Dec 1, 2008. Newsroom intern(s) will be selected (pending successful drug screen and background check) by Dec. 8, 2008.

Additional internships:

Copy Editors: Chronicle copy editing interns are selected through the annual Dow Jones Newspaper Fund program. The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund completes its selection process, pending any drug screens and background checks required by participating newspapers, during the second week of December 2008. For information, contact the fund at, P.O. Box 300, Princeton, NJ 08543-0300, or (609) 452-2820. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2008.

Sports Writers: Sports writing interns are selected through the Sports Journalism Institute. For information and an application, contact the Sports Journalism Fund Institute at The deadline to apply is Dec. 5, 2008.

The San Francisco Chronicle does not offer a two-year internship program. The Hearst Corp. offers a two-year Fellowship program. Details can be found at the Hearst Web site, The deadline to apply is Dec. 1, 2008.

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