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Internship Program For Academic Credit

The San Francisco Chronicle's academic internship program is designed for upper-level students enrolled in accredited four-year colleges and currently enrolled graduate students. Students must be enrolled in courses that grant academic credit for practical internship experience. Internships provide realistic on-the-job training for the student. The experience gained by the intern and learning experience rather than a job.

The number of academic internships available varies and is at the discretion of the San Francisco Chronicle. Any available internships and department-specific instructions are posted below.

Deadlines

Internships are available for Spring, Fall and Summer. The application deadline for Spring is Dec. 1; Fall, Aug. 1; and Summer, May 1. Submit a letter, resume, three references and a completed Academic Internship application (Word Document 25KB) to Human Resources, San Francisco Chronicle, 901 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103, Attention Academic Internships, or follow the directions on the individual academic internship posting.

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 SFGate.com 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

# Criteria Training is for the benefit of the student and the internship does not benefit the company
# Student does not displace regular employees
# Student works under the close observation of a regular employee
# Company provides any necessary training
# Student is not entitled to a job at the end of assignment
# Company and student understand that the student is not entitled to wages during internship. Housing is not provided.
# Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and receiving academic credit for the internship.
# A vehicle is not required, but a driver's license is required.

# Requirements Applicant will complete Internship application (Word Document 25KB) and submit a resume, letter of application and three references
# Applicant will complete Internship Agreement
# Applicant will provide proof that they will receive college credit signed by course professor
# Student supervision is mandatory from on-site supervisor
# On-site supervisor will submit a student evaluation if required at the end of internship
# On-site sponsor will be responsible for providing a job description
# All internships must be approved by the appropriate department head and Assistant Managing Editor of Administration.

Available Academic Internships

Metro Academic Intern: Spring 2009

In this position, the intern will gain practical experience reporting and writing news stories. They will be sent out on breaking news assignments, as well as receive assignments for writing feature articles. We're looking for someone who has at least one semester experience working on their school's journalism publication and is interested in learning more about how to cover breaking news.

The intern will report directly to an assistant metro editor, but may also work with different editors in the metro department on specific assignments. The metro intern will work roughly two days a week, with flexibility given to their school schedule. It is possible they could work night or weekend shifts. A car is not required but a driver's license is.

To apply: Submit a completed Academic Internship form, a letter of application, a copy of your resume, three references and three clips by Dec. 7, 2008. Mail to: The San Francisco Chronicle, 901 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103. Attention: Lesley Guth/Metro

Features Department Intern: Spring 2009

In this position, the intern will gain practical experience reporting and writing features and some news stories, assisting staff writers and editors on stories, and offering story suggestions for the various feature sections. The intern may be working in any or all of the feature sections: Datebook, Travel, Style, Books, or others.

We are looking for someone who has experience working on a school publication or interning at another publication. We are looking for someone who has a strong sense of what makes a good feature story in a newspaper, who can offer energy and new ideas for coverage, and who enjoys being part of a creative team of writers, editors, artists and photographers.

The intern will report to the deputy managing editor for features or to the various section editors in the Features Department, depending on specific assignments.

The intern will work roughly two days a week with maximum flexibility allowed for his or her academic schedule. At times, there may be a need for the intern to work in the evening or on the weekend, but, for the most part, the working hours would be during the day, Monday through Friday.

To apply: Submit a completed Academic Internship form, a letter of application, a copy of your resume, three references and three clips by Dec. 7, 2008. Mail to: The San Francisco Chronicle, 901 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103. Attention: David Wiegand/Features

Problems or questions? email us at hr@sfchronicle.com


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