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
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
- 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