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Join CityBeat’s Intern Team

CityBeat is always on the lookout for college students and recent graduates to serve as interns. Our needs are year-round and include work in editorial, multimedia, photography, graphic design, promotions and event planning and execution.

CityBeat offers only unpaid internships, but we’re happy to work with college instructors and intern coordinators to track and evaluate our interns’ work in order to fulfill the terms of your school’s credit requirements. We offer a fun work environment in downtown Cincinnati, plus the occasional free concert ticket and access to our array of exciting events throughout the community (MidPoint Music Festival, Best of Cincinnati Celebration and Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, etc.). And we can be flexible with your schedule to work around your school and/or job needs.

Check out the internship descriptions below and contact the appropriate staff member if you’re interested in joining CityBeat’s intern team. Remember, internship opportunities are available year-round, not just in the summer.


Editorial Internship

Compensation: Recommendations for college credit; parking reimbursement of up to $5/day

Schedule: Varies based on credit requirements, but generally 8-10 hours per week

Position Summary: CityBeat internships offer student journalists opportunities to escape the stylistic confines of traditional journalism. We encourage creativity, humor and insight in our work that set us apart from traditional print media. The main intern responsibilities include entering event listings into our online database, fact checking and web publishing. We offer the chance to regularly contribute event previews and blog posts and will aid in news/feature story assignments. Interns will work directly with CityBeat’s listings editor and special sections/web editor to complete the required tasks and reporting duties during the term.

Requirements/Qualifications: Interns should be comfortable with basic journalistic principles such as using AP style, interviewing, editing, writing and using the Internet. While our hours are flexible, interns must keep a regular work schedule. Journalism majors and those with editorial experience are preferred. The ideal intern is an avid CityBeat reader, familiar with our editorial voice and the stories we've covered, eager to contribute fresh ideas.

How to apply: Send us a friendly description of why you’d like to be a CityBeat intern and why we should like you. Please include what term/quarter you’re available. Email a cover letter, resume, clips/writing samples/personal blog to Jac Kern at jkern@citybeat.com.


News Reporting Internship

Compensation: Recommendations for college credit; parking reimbursement of up to $5/day

Schedule: Varies based on credit requirements, but generally 8-10 hours per week

Position Summary: Our news internship requires significant experience reporting straight news. Reporting for the college newspaper is an excellent start, and clips from other local publications are a plus. This will be a fast-paced position; we’re looking for someone who has demonstrated a knack for the basics and wants to start digging deeper and writing longer.

The main responsibilities of the news intern include one weekly news story (400 words) as well as a goal of one full-length news feature per month (1,000 words) during the duration of the internship. Other duties include fact checking and web publishing. We offer the chance to regularly contribute blog posts and will aid in news/feature story assignments. There will be opportunities to work on long-form cover stories for those prepared to do so. Interns will work directly with CityBeat’s news reporter to complete the required tasks and reporting duties during the term.

Requirements/Qualifications: First and foremost, interns should be comfortable with basic journalistic principles such as using AP style, interviewing, editing, writing and fact checking. Beyond that, we need our intern to have some combination of the following attributes, or at least aspire to them:

• You’re a reporter, not just a writer. You’re someone who can make the phone calls, run out to a news conference or government meeting, ask relevant questions, snap a photo if necessary, find and fact check information independently and weave it all together into a story on deadline.

• You’re a nerd for quality, insightful journalism. You read long-form magazine pieces and quick-hit blog posts on development, social issues, politics or policy. You’ve got a million story ideas and aren’t afraid to pitch them. You’re fascinated by Cincinnati and/or Ohio, but can also see them with a critical eye.

• You’re a deep diver. You don’t just take someone’s word for it. You check, recheck and dig deep into documents. You’re not afraid to ask people the tough questions necessary to get to the real deal.

• You bring something extra to the table. You have killer social media skills to help share your stories and find real sources. You shoot great photos. You can throw down awesome data visualizations. Or you’ve got great facility with data and are an Excel wizard. Any of these are pluses.

• You’re funny and a little weird, but not like, weird weird, you know?

While our hours are flexible, interns must keep a regular work schedule. Journalism majors and those with editorial experience are preferred. The ideal intern is an avid CityBeat reader, familiar with our editorial voice and the stories we've covered, eager to contribute fresh ideas.

How to apply: Email a cover letter, resume, three to five clips/writing samples/blog links to Staff Writer Nick Swartsell at nswartsell@citybeat.com.


Photography Internship

Compensation: Recommendations for college credit; parking reimbursement of up to $5/day

Schedule: Varies based on credit requirements, but generally 8-10 hours per week

Position Summary: Internship involves producing images for the print edition of CityBeat and event for CityBeat.com. You will work under the direction of the staff photographer and will receive direction for your assignments and feedback on your work.

Requirements/Qualifications: Interns should be comfortable with basic journalistic and photography principles. High ethics are required. You should have your own photography equipment and be familiar with Photoshop. While our hours are flexible, interns must also cope with a varying workload. The ideal intern is an avid CityBeat reader and someone familiar with the sides of Cincinnati we cover.

How to apply: Send your portfolio, cover letter and resume to Jesse Fox at jessefox@citybeat.com.


Production/Graphic Design Internship

Compensation: Recommendations for college credit; parking reimbursement of up to $5/day

Schedule: Varies based on credit requirements, but generally 8-10 hours per week based around CityBeat's production cycle

Position Summary: Graphic design work for CityBeat, special sections and specialty publications as well as online at CityBeat.com includes copy layout, advertisement design, photo retouching, creating original artwork for editorial, archiving and basic desktop publishing. Other assignments could include branding projects for CityBeat events and marketing team.

Requirements/Qualifications: Must be familiar with Adobe Creative Suites, including InDesign and Photoshop. Knowledge of Illustrator and Bridge is a plus.

How to apply: Send your portfolio, cover letter and resume to Rebecca Sylvester at rsylvester@citybeat.com.


Events/Promotion Internship

Compensation: Recommendations for college credit; parking reimbursement of up to $5/day

Schedule: Varies based on credit requirements, but generally a maximum of 15 hours per week, including after-hour events (evening/weekend) and some office hours.

Position Summary: The CityBeat Events department specializes in outrageous signature events for CityBeat and A-Line Magazine as well as corporate, nonprofit and individual partners. Under direction of the Promotions/Marketing Coordinator and Event Producer, intern job duties include but are not limited to general design and text for direct mail pieces and event promotion materials; communication with vendors; maintenance of event guest lists and databases; volunteer recruitment and cultivation; research and data collection relevant to CityBeat and our events; creating interactive web sites/giveaways; office, data entry and administration duties; and occasional social media updates and/or event promoting.

Requirements/Qualifications: Interns should have a basic knowledge of special events and/or the hospitality industry. Ideal candidates will possess general knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel, as well as the ability to quickly learn new programs. Must be outgoing, able to get people involved and interested in the CityBeat brand. You need to have reliable transportation to and from events/office/errands/etc.

How to apply: Send cover letter and resume to Event Producer Kenneth Wright at kwright@citybeat.com.

 
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