Washington City Paper hosts an internship program three times throughout the year congruent to the standard academic schedule. For D.C., our internship program is a rare find--low on grunt work and high on potential. We seek creative college students who are hardworking and smart, with a lot of energy. We put a high premium on attention to detail and fresh ideas.


We place our interns in a variety of departments, including Editorial, Marketing, Operations, and Sales and Advertising. Interns are treated as members of our staff and have specific duties that contribute significantly to the pace and production of our newspaper.

Editorial Intern: Editorial interns work in the Editorial Department, entering, updating, and researching the arts and events listings, writing blog posts, copy-editing and proofing articles, and working on various editorial projects. If you're quick to adopt City Paper's style and standards, you might see yourself working on a project that could wind up in the paper. Since D.C. is a competitive news environment, we seek candidates with clips and journalism experience.

Operations Intern: The Operations intern works in the Operations Department, working on projects related to circulation, supply tracking, tear sheet production and office management tasks as assigned. A good spot for a college freshman or high school senior with an entry level interest in office management and administration.

Community Development Intern: Community development interns support the Web and Marketing Department and maintain City Paper's presence on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. They assist in event planning, production and promotion as well as general assignments duties as assigned. Perfect for a college freshman or high school senior with an interest in social media.

Events/Marketing Intern: Our internships provide invaluable hands-on experience in the field, with interns working with our event and marketing team on the creation of campaigns and event concepts all the way through to implementation. Qualified candidates will be responsible for performing support activities for the event and marketing team.

Advertising/Marketing Intern: Our marketing department produces quality work for major companies in the D.C. area and seeks an advertising/marketing intern who can participate in various stages of print, event, and online marketing campaigns. This intern should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of marketing. Responsibilities: Assist in the creation of signage, circulars, mock ups, e-mail campaigns, online promotion, etc.; Assist with fulfillment of marketing offers; Assist with the preparation and delivery of training materials; Perform analysis of marketing and sales data; Prepare presentations; Sales support and data gathering; client relations; ad copy and production; etc. Requirements:This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with extensive knowledge of Web and social media. PowerPoint, Word, and Excel experience is a bonus, and will be considered when choosing the best applicant for this internship position. Marketing, Sales, Advertising, Language

Requirements and Perks

Positions are unpaid, but we'll take good care of you. Our interns must be able to receive academic credit from their university or college.


We accept internship applications on a rolling basis. We suggest using this as a general guidepost for applying:
Fall Semester: apply by August 15.
Spring Semester : apply by November 30.
Summer Semester: apply by April 15.

To apply, send your resume, cover letter (indicating which position or positions you are applying for), and at least three samples of your work (editorial intern candidates, we mean you!) via e-mail or post.

Email it here:
Sarah Anne Hughes, Managing Editor

Mail it here:
Washington City Paper
Attn: Sarah Anne Hughes (Internship Application)
1400 Eye St. NW, Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20005

Questions? Comments? Concerns?
Contact: or (202) 650-6933.