Ends on December 1, 2017

Are you a journalist+nerd+artist? Do you geek out on data, human visual perception or user experience? Do you excel at generating visualizations that inform and entertain? Then we have a place for you. The Los Angeles Times is looking for interns to join our Visualization and Data Department. Our expanding Visualization and Data 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 entire team 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.)
  • VR programming
  • 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. 

Note that the Los Angeles Times has two separate departments in this digital space, with slightly different roles: Visualization and Data, which concentrates on breaking news, front-end development and print graphics, can be found at latimes.com/visuals/graphics/.  The Data Desk, which concentrates on database, back-end and project development, can be found at datadesk.latimes.com. You're welcome to apply for either or both. These are paid internships 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. Previous internship experience is preferred.

To 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. 

DEADLINE: Dec. 1 for the summer 2018 placement 

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