The Los Angeles Times is
looking for an intern to join our Data Desk. It is a paid position.
The Data Desk 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.
We are seeking an applicant with interest and experience doing the same.
Our team is responsible for the full development stack from:
- Systems administration on Amazon EC2 to sail our own ships
- Database development with PostgreSQL to analyze and share data
- Offline analysis with Python, R and SQL for investigative projects
- Application development with Python and Django to build custom maps, apps and products
- Front end design for database applications and long-form storytelling
- English news writing to pen the occasional story
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.
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, 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?
April 1 for the summer 2017 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 mid-June to late 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. You may also submit your application by mail to Tracy Boucher / Director of News Development, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.
DEADLINE: April 1 for the summer 2017 placement. On occasion we have internships available in spring and fall and will post such opportunities on www.latimes.com/interns.