Intern at Reason This Coming Summer!

ReasonReasonThe deadline for Reason magazine’s paid ten-week summer internship, which begins in June, is coming up (March 26).

Given that the deadline is a little over two weeks away I thought it would be worth reiterating the advice my former colleague Mike Riggs gave to potential intern applicants almost a year ago:

  • Follow instructions

  • Write the hell out of your cover letter

  • Show some familiarity with the publication

  • Tell me what you can do for us, because we know what we can do for you

  • Be Patient

I cannot stress enough the importance of taking these tips seriously. As I mentioned back in November, talented applicants have ruined their chances of being considered for an internship at Reason by failing to do something as simple as following instructions.

Something I have been noticing since I have started looking over intern applications is the tendency for applicants to write almost identical cover letters to dozens of publications. These cover letters express an interest in a career in journalism but oftentimes do not mention why they want to be at Reason in particular. An application with a cover letter that mentions issues Reason is known for covering or the writings of a particular editor is going to grab my attention much more than an application with a cover letter that mentions Reason once in the introductory sentence.

Interns here get to write for Reason.com and Reason magazine about topics that interest them. Our current intern, Alyssa Hertig, has been writing about technology, Bitcoin, and civil liberties. Zenon Evans, who did such a fine job as an intern we hired him, interviewed Russian libertarian activist Vera Kichanova during his internship. Guy Bentley, who now works at the London-based City A.M. (which you should all be reading), wrote about foreign affairs while he was an intern here.

As well as writing, Reason interns provide admin assistance to the office, assist staff with research, and transcribe interviews. The internship is based in Washington, D.C., and interns are encouraged to attend events in the city that interest them.

If you want to pursue a paid journalism internship in Washington, D.C. that will allow you to write about topics that interest you please send in an application. But make sure to take the tips above seriously.

If you have a question send me an email: mfeeney@reason.com.

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  • Hugh Akston||

    I've already taken the liberty of submitting SugarFree's application.

  • WTF||

    "Warty Hugeman and the Doomcocked Intern"

    I like it.

  • Pro Libertate||

    "I would be an excellent intern for Reason, because I (1) am a libertarian, (2) have a solid background in writing about economics, and (3) would write everything in the voice of Dr. Zaius."

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Damn it, now I am going to do that for all your comments.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    No alt-text promise?!? FAIL!

  • Slammer||

    Is there any way I could intern for Reason while riding around on trains?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Interns within interns within interns.

  • Snark Plissken||

    If you want to pursue a paid journalism internship in Washington, D.C. that will allow you to write about topics that interest you please send in an application.

    You *pay* interns? Think of what a terrible libertarian precedent that sets. I wouldn't want the indentured interns at my monocle factory finding out about this.

  • ||

    Please, please tell me you may them more than the interns at Mother Jones or The Nation. That's all I need to make my day today.

  • ||

    Damn it, pay not may.

  • Snark Plissken||

    Those interns are paid with righteous indignation, fervor, and a white-hot hatred for the rich (except for their rich parents footing the bills).

  • Malkavian||

    talented applicants have ruined their chances of being considered for an internship at Reason by failing to do something as simple as following instructions.

    This is why there are no intern libertarians.

  • Almanian!||

    I find libertarians following instructions to be humorous.

  • Marshall Gill||

    And after your brief stint at Reason you can get a job writing for HuffPo or the Washington Post!

  • Swiss Servator, alles klar?||

    Can I haz Atlantic jerb?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Intern hopefuls should be interviewed live on The Independents.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Wrong! Wrong, sir! They should be forced to actively comment in every thread.

  • JW||

    Funny how they don't talk about the ones who didn't survive.

  • SIV||

  • Swiss Servator, alles klar?||

    "COSMO!!!!"

    "Yes? Can I help you?"

  • 110 Lean||

    Follow instructions

    Write the hell out of your cover letter

    Show some familiarity with the publication

    Tell me what you can do for us, because we know what we can do for you

    Be Patient

    I suggest that the commenters compose a group application and cover letter.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    talented applicants have ruined their chances of being considered for an internship at Reason by failing to do something as simple as following instructions.

    "Fuck off, slavers!"

  • Swiss Servator, alles klar?||

    You beat me to it...

  • 110 Lean||

    Alyssa Hertig, soulless ginger?

  • The Late P Brooks||

    They should be forced to actively comment in every thread.

    "HERE BE MONSTERS. Management assumes no liability for any damage or injury, real or imagined."

  • lap83||

    How does the pay compare to being a puppet for the Kochtopus?

  • Swiss Servator, alles klar?||

    Reason pays in orphans, KOCHTOPUS pays in stolen Nazi war gold.

  • lap83||

    Also, why would a libertarian want to live in DC?

  • SIV||

    Cocktail partiez

  • Auric Demonocles||

    First job for interns: add alt-text to the intern application post.

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