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. 

The deadline to apply has been extended to Nov. 30, 2020, for the summer 2021 program. (Click here for the FAQ.) Editorial does not have internships in the fall and spring. For more information, contact Assistant Managing Editor Angel Jennings at careers@latimes.com.

Note: We also have our creative technologist internships on this submission form, and the application is open below for the Spring 2021 program. Those business-side roles, working with our technology and product team, are available in the spring and summer. For questions, contact Director of Academic Partnerships & Research Max Lu at max.lu@latimes.com.


The Los Angeles Times is seeking a summer intern to join its Data and Graphics Department. The intern will partner with reporters and editors across the newsroom to inform and engage our readers.

This paid job will provide experience working with professional reporters and computer programmers as they report the news. The intern will join a newsroom team that works to collect, organize, analyze and present structured data. Its journalism has attracted millions of readers, sparked sweeping government reforms and helped win some of our industry’s highest awards

Past interns have built searchable databases, invented newsroom tools, released open-source libraries, visualized data and developed maps. They have gone on to jobs at the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Associated Press, ProPublica, Vox Media and Politico. 

We don’t expect our interns to walk in the door with knowledge of every programming language. But strong applicants will demonstrate having used computers to be creative and get things done on deadline. 

Interested in applying? Send us your resume and three references, along with links to the things you’ve made that you’re most proud of. Include a cover letter explaining how you helped make them. The deadline is Nov. 15, 2020 HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO NOV. 30, 2020.

If you have any questions, direct them to Ben Welsh at ben.welsh@latimes.com.

Submissions will be accepted for internships working alongside some of the best designers and art directors in the business. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong visual sense for 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 links to a portfolio or up to 10 work samples.

DEADLINE: Nov. 15, 2020 HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO NOV. 30, 2020 for the 2021 summer internship program

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: Nov. 15, 2020 HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO NOV. 30, 2020 for the summer 2021 program

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 2021 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 six work samples. There is no prompt for the essay.

DEADLINE: Nov. 15, 2020 HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO NOV. 30, 2020 for the summer 2021 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. 15, 2020 HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO NOV. 30, 2020 for the summer 2021 internships
 

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 2021 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 six work samples. There is no prompt for the essay.

DEADLINE: Nov. 15, 2020 HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO NOV. 30, 2020 for the summer 2021 program

The L.A. Times Innovation Lab calls for ambitious students from design, engineering, journalism, and research backgrounds to join our 4th cohort of Creative Technologist Internship. Since the conception of the program, we have strived to build a pipeline of STEM college students into the journalism industry while producing future-thinking processes and products.

As a Creative Technologist Intern, you will help L.A. Times explore exciting new ideas. During the 12-week virtual internship program, you’ll have the opportunity to work with the newsroom, understand how news is produced, and team up with other interns to develop proof-of-concept prototypes for future products.

Depending on the scale of each project and the individual’s interests, interns can expect to work on 1-2 projects.

Examples of past projects

  • Immersive storytelling through augmented reality
  • Machine-learning-based computational journalism tools
  • Social engagement tools for news sharing
  • Mobile app design research

Qualifications

Who should apply?

In this role, you’ll have the chance to prototype news products of the future of the L.A. Times. Our ideal candidates are:

  • Passionate about the journalism industry
  • Curious, collaborative, and open-minded
  • Adept at identifying, prototyping, and building early-stage ideas
  • Strong at problem-solving

Recommended Skills

Applicants with expertise in at least two of the areas below are encouraged to apply.

  • User research
  • Design thinking
  • UI/UX design
  • Physical prototyping
  • Web app development
  • Mobile app development
  • Mathematical modeling and optimization

This paid full-time internship starts on January 28 for a duration of 12 weeks. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and able to contribute 40 hours a week.

The deadline for the application is December 6 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application Instructions

Step 1: On this site (Submittable), submit your resume, a link to your portfolio, GitHub and/or Google Scholar page, and answer all required questions on this page. We will use this submission to evaluate candidates.

Step 2: On Workday, fill in your basic information as required. Our company uses Workday as the recruiting platform, and your submission will create a profile for you in our database. However, we do not use the materials you submitted to Workday to evaluate your candidacy.

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