The Washington City Paper hosts an internship program three times throughout the year congruent to the standard academic schedule. For Washington, 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, Sales and Advertising, and Web. 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 the City Paper’s style and standards, you might see yourself working on a project that could wind up in the paper as the big news or cover story. Since Washington 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.

Web Intern: Web Interns work in the Web Department and contribute to the ongoing development of the City Paper site and online media projects, such as location-based services and social network integration. Candidates with coding experience and skill or good online experience are encouraged to apply. Web Interns will be encouraged to pitch a project idea to develop over the duration of their internship, with guidance and supervision from the web team.

Community Development Intern: Community Development interns support the Web and Marketing Department and maintain City Paper's presence on MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. 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.

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 (which means you’re killing two birds with one stone) and we offer tons of other benefits, including tickets to the best events in D.C., coffee, lots of swag, no dress code, movie passes, and guest list hook-ups, to name a few. Just to reiterate, you must be enrolled in an academic program and you must be able to receive credit through your institution in order to apply.


We accept internship applications on a rolling basis. We suggest using this as a general guidepost for applying:
Fall Semester: apply by August 7.
Spring Semester : apply by November 15.
Summer Semester: apply by March 30.

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

Email it here:
Jenny Rogers, Assistant Managing Editor

Mail it here:
Washington City Paper
Attn: Jenny Rogers (Internship Application)
1400 Eye St., NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005

Questions? Comments? Concerns?
Contact: or 202-332-2100.