NYT Social Media Internship
The New York Times newsroom is seeking academic interns for its social media desk, which works to engage its readers on social media platforms and innovate new forms of journalism. Tasks will include: sparking conversations on The Times’s social media accounts — including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr and Instagram — as well as assisting on social journalism projects and providing general support. The intern will work closely with the social media editors and developers, as well as reporters, editors and Web producers working on social media-related projects around the newsroom.
Graduate students preferred. Selection will be competitive. The internship is unpaid. Student must receive course credit for the internship and must produce proof of such credit. This position is based in New York; the applicant must commit to being available to work at The Times headquarters at 620 Eighth Avenue in Manhattan for the spring 2012 semester, with schedules subject to restrictions and expectations set by the academic institution.
Candidates should understand the journalistic opportunities presented by social media. While you should have deep familiarity with social technologies, developer skills are not required. Experience using social networks in an editorial context or related work in a newsroom is required. You should also have an excellent eye for detail and great news instincts.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume, including links to social media accounts you maintain personally. Application deadline is Jan. 20, 2011; you must then be available for an interview to be considered further. Decisions will be made by Feb. 1.