Interested in working with some of the best journalists around? We offer 10 weeks of intensive, hands-on experience in a region where big stories are the norm. We place interns throughout the Los Angeles Times: Metro/Local, Arts and Entertainment, Sports, Politics, Business, Features (Fashion, Food, Travel, Home Design, Mind & Body), Foreign/National, Editorial Pages, Photography/Video, Data and Graphics, Design, Digital/Engagement and in the Washington, D.C., bureau. These are paid internships and placements usually run from June to August. We do not have fall or spring internships. The deadline to apply for the reporting positions and visual journalism is Nov. 1; applications for the Digital/Engagement internship are due Dec. 1; and the page design and Data and Graphics deadline is Dec. 15. For further information, contact Director of News Development Tracy Boucher at (213) 237-6737 or tracy.boucher@latimes.com.

We place reporting interns throughout the L.A. Times: Metro/Local, Arts and Entertainment, Sports, Business, Editorial Pages, Foreign/National, Features (Fashion, Food, Travel, Home Design, Mind & Body) and in our Sacramento and Washington, D.C., bureaus. To also apply to D.C., please go to 2020 L.A. Times (Washington, D.C.) Summer Reporting Internship. These are paid internships and summer placements usually run from June to August, with rolling start dates to accommodate school schedules. We do not have fall or spring internships.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be actively working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree and must be eligible to work in the U.S. Graduates may qualify if you've finished school within six months of the start of the internship. Applicants for the reporting positions must have a valid driver's license and access to a car in good working condition. (A car is not required for the Editorial Pages or D.C. internships.) Internships are for students who have not worked professionally as staff journalists.  This is an advanced program, with one to two previous internships required.

TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter; resume with three references; one-page personal essay; and up to 10 work samples. There is no prompt for the essay.

DEADLINE: Nov. 1 for the summer 2020 program

This application is for the political reporting internship in our Washington, D.C., bureau. You are also welcome to apply to our L.A.-based reporting spots; details are at latimes.com/interns and the application can be found at 2020 L.A. Times Summer Reporting Internships. This is a paid internship and summer placements usually run from mid-June to late August.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be actively working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree and be a junior or above. Graduates may qualify if you've finished school within six months of the start of the internship. Internships are for students who have not worked professionally as staff journalists. Little training is offered, so we require at least one prior internship in a daily newspaper with a circulation of at least 50,000.

TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter; resume with three references; one-page personal essay; and up to 10 work samples. There is no prompt for the essay.

DEADLINE: Nov. 1 for the summer 2020 program

We are looking for interns to work with our photography and video teams. These are paid internships and summer placements usually run from June to August, with rolling start dates to accommodate school schedules.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be actively working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree and must be eligible to work in the U.S. Graduates may qualify if you've finished school within six months of the start of the internship. Applicants must have a valid driver's license, access to a car in good working condition and their own camera equipment. A limited amount of pool gear is available. Internships are for students who have not worked professionally as staff journalists. This is an advanced program, with one to two previous internships required.

TO APPLY: Submit a brief cover letter; resume with three references; one-page personal essay; and links to three complete photo stories or multimedia stories and a selection of single images. There is no prompt for the essay.

DEADLINE: Nov. 1 for the summer 2020 internships
 

Submissions will be accepted for internships in audience engagement, digital editing and production on latimes.com. These are not reporting positions. Web internships do not require a car. This is a paid internship and placements usually run from June to August, with rolling start dates to accommodate school schedules. 

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be actively working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree and must be eligible to work in the U.S. Graduates may qualify if you've finished school within six months of the start of the internship. Internships are for students who have not worked professionally as staff journalists. Little training is offered, so previous internship experience is preferred.

TO APPLY: Submit a brief cover letter; resume with three references; one-page personal essay; and links to any online work. There is no prompt for the essay.

DEADLINE: Dec. 1 for the summer 2020 program

The Los Angeles Times recently merged its Graphics and Data Visualization Department and Data Desk but will continue to have separate internships in this digital space, with slightly different roles: one focuses on breaking news, front-end development and print graphics. The second concentrates on databases and back-end and project development.  

There is a single application for both internships with our newly formed Data and Graphics Department.

GRAPHICS/DATA VIZ: Our expanding team is on a mission to add diverse skills to our storytelling arsenal, including rich JavaScript visualizations, innovative motion graphics and games — all running on multiple types of devices. And that’s just the start. We’re also preparing for the future by experimenting in WebGL and VR. While the department is expected to produce the basics (maps, charts, etc.) and use common apps, we are looking for teammates that know where they want to specialize. Our list includes:

  • WebGL (three.js, etc.)
  • Javascript (D3. etc.)
  • Animation
  • Python
  • Data analysis
  • Innovative mapping

This is no coffee-fetching internship. You will learn the finer points of mapping and charting as you work your way through multiple assignments. Your experience will culminate in a final, portfolio-worthy project that you conceive of, report and produce.

DATA DESK: Within the larger department is a team of reporters and computer programmers that works with journalists in The Times’ newsroom to collect, organize, analyze and present large amounts of information. In short, we use data to find and tell stories. Stories that make a difference. Stories that otherwise would not be told. We are seeking an applicant with interest and experience doing the same. Our team is responsible for the full development stack from:

We don’t expect anyone to walk in the door with all of those skills. But strong applicants will demonstrate having used one or more to be creative and get things done on deadline. 

We are also passionate about open-source software and hope you are too. You can find examples of our approach on GitHub. Keep up with our latest releases by following @LATdatadesk.

Past interns who have worked with our team have gone on to successful careers working with data at the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Associated Press, Pro Publica, Vox Media, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Factual.

Who is qualified?  

Our internships are for students who have not worked professionally as staff journalists.  Applicants must be actively working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree and must be eligible to work in the U.S. Graduates may qualify if you've finished school within six months of the start of the internship.  

How can I apply?  Submit a cover letter; resume with three references; one-page personal essay; and links to up to 10 work samples and your GitHub account, if available. There is no prompt for the essay.  

When's the deadline?  Dec. 15 for the summer 2020 placement 

Submissions will be accepted for internships working alongside some of the best designers in the business. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong visual sense for page design outside the classroom and have newsroom deadline experience. We're looking for interns to work in multiple areas of our expansive editorial operation, including News, Features, Sports and Business. Design internships do not require a car. These are paid internships and summer placements usually run from June to August, with rolling start dates to accommodate school schedules. 

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be actively working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree and must be eligible to work in the U.S. Graduates may qualify if you've finished school within six months of the start of the internship. Internships are for students who have not worked professionally as staff journalists. Little training is offered, so previous internship experience is preferred.

TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter; resume with three references; one-page personal essay; and a link to up to 10 work samples. 

DEADLINE: Dec. 15 for the 2020 summer internship

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