Fall Internships at NewsGuard

NewsGuard offers paid internship opportunities to current students (undergraduate and graduate) and recent graduates (associates/bachelors/masters degree completion within four months of start of internship).  

About NewsGuard Internships

NewsGuard’s interns help advance our mission of fighting online misinformation and equipping internet users everywhere with the context they need to find credible news sources online. We aim to ensure every intern leaves with new skills, valuable journalism experience, and new expertise in assessing news media credibility and identifying misinformation. 

NewsGuard interns learn and practice high-quality, professional journalism, working directly with experienced reporters and editors, including former senior editors from Reuters, The Associated Press, The Chicago Tribune, and other publications. 

Interns are trained in NewsGuard’s techniques for identifying and debunking online misinformation and rating the credibility of news sources. Interns gain a wide range of reporting, research, and writing skills, such as how to uncover the ownership and financing of online news sources, how to debunk false claims in a determinedly apolitical and non-ideological manner, and how to track the engagement of stories and narratives on social media. Interns will write clear, detailed journalistic reports about the credibility of news and information sources designed for a mass audience. Interns will be expected to assist with updating and maintaining NewsGuard’s reporting on over 7,500 news and information websites. Interns may also have the opportunity to lead and contribute to specific projects that directly impact NewsGuard’s work fighting misinformation. Past intern projects have included: Developing a system for rating and assessing networks of news websites with similar content and ownership, building out a database of known misinformation narratives and hoaxes, helping to develop and grow a news literacy program that aims to educate internet users ranging from students to senior citizens about how to identify trustworthy information and avoid misinformation online, and contributing to the launch of a broadcast news rating service.

We aim for every intern to leave NewsGuard with bylines, clips, and other specific examples and artifacts of their work that will help them demonstrate what they have learned. For interns who show particular skill and promise, we may also offer full-time positions once they graduate or following the end of the fall program. Interns may also be considered for freelance (contributor) roles at the end of their term.

We value diversity — in backgrounds and in experiences. NewsGuard encourages members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, veterans, LGBTQ+ people and people with disabilities. We are committed to building an inclusive news organization that represents the audiences and clients we serve.

Requirements and Eligibility 

Fall interns must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a student at a degree-granting institution or recent graduate (preference is given to current juniors and seniors, and soon-to-be-graduating students)
  • Be able to work remotely, or in-person in the NYC NewsGuard office, depending on fall 2022 COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Maintain weekly availability of at least 15 hours, but no more than 40 (preference is given to intern candidates that are generally available for 20 hours or more per week)
  • Actively study journalism or demonstrate a commitment to the profession through other work, internships or other means
  • US-based interns must have work authorization. Interns based in other regions will be considered, depending on visa requirements and needs covering international markets.

Internship Dates 

  • Fall internships run approximately 14 weeks, with all interns starting the week of Sept. 6th, 2022.

Salary

  • US-based interns are paid $15/hour. Interns based in other markets will be paid the equivalent in local currency.

Application Dates and Process

  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final cutoff of 5:00pm ET on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022.
  • Interviews will run on a rolling basis, starting Monday June 27, 2022.

Candidates must complete the following tasks for consideration:

  • Provide a current resume/CV with relevant academic and/or professional work experiences (cover letter optional, but encouraged)
  • Complete a questionnaire 
  • Provide three references (academic and/or professional)
  • Submit the above items via NewsGuard’s application form
  • Be available for interview(s) with NewsGuard staff members