The Davis Enterprise offers unpaid newsroom internships to college students or recent graduates seeking to build up their portfolios. Internships are offered year-round.
Our interns do not do “grunt work.” They perform the same duties as our staff reporters. They can be general assignment reporters covering mostly hard news and features or can specialize in sports. We also occasionally take photography interns.
Ideally, the intern will be able to work a regular shift in the newsroom during typical work hours to give him/her a real feel for what it is like to work for a newspaper.
Coaching/mentoring from the staff is provided.
Interns should have taken at least one course in basic news writing.
Writing samples will show they understand how to construct news and feature articles (as opposed to college essays, blogs or opinion pieces).
They must be able to write in a clear, well-organized and interesting manner, meet deadlines, get facts straight, and be accomplished in researching and interviewing.
To assure compliance with laws, interns should arrange to earn school credits for this internship.
Because we’re in a university town, competition is stiff, especially during the summer. Those who have at least a semester (or two quarters) of experience at a university newspaper (or at a professional publication) will have an edge.
How to apply
Send a resumé, cover letter and three to six clips showing an ability to write both hard news and feature stories. Email with subject line “Internship Coordinator” to [email protected] or mail hard copies to Internship Coordinator, The Davis Enterprise, P.O. Box 1470, Davis, CA 95617. Indicate which quarter/semester/summer you would like to work.