The AJC offers fall, spring and summer internships. Fall/spring semester internships are part-time, offering local students a chance to earn college credit and/or pay. Summer internships are paid, 10-week programs. The AJC is looking for upper-level college students interested in pursuing a career as a reporter, database specialist or interactive producer. Interns are treated as full-time professional journalists.
Must be a rising junior, senior or graduate student. We also accept applications from those who have graduated within six months of the start of the summer internship.
The AJC’s digital interns will work on learning to cultivate and grow audiences through social media, content curation/creation, interactive development and more. Throughout the course of the internship, digital interns will have the opportunity to experiment in a variety of areas depending on their skills and interests. We are looking for two types of interns: Those skilled at writing/producing content and those familiar with interactive web development.
Daily deadline writing and reporting experience preferred. Experience shooting video, taking photos, and using other digital skills also preferred. Must have worked on the campus newspaper or website and/or had previous professional news internship.
We’re looking for someone with a strong news sense -- ideally a person who has already worked at one regular reporting internship - who has a deep interest in working with data as the starting point of a story. Programming skills preferred but not required. What’s required, above all else, is a desire to work with data along with the ability to fumble through Excel and learn SQL. Knowledge of statistical packages, such as R, and mapping is a plus.
We’re looking for someone who has solid web development and design skills, as well as a knack for making clean, clear, creative interactive graphics.
For summer internships: send applications by October 1. Decisions will be made by December 15.
For fall internships: send applications by June 1. Decisions will be made by August 15.
For spring internships: send applications by September 15. Decisions will be made by November 15.
If you are a finalist, you will be notified.
J.D. is a senior at Boston University, where he majors in journalism in the College of Communication, with a concentration in statistics. Previously, he worked in the Metro section of The Boston Globe, interned in the news department of the Thomson Reuters Foundation in London and served as Editor-in-Chief of BU’s student newspaper, The Daily Free Press. At the AJC, J.D. wrote for the new Crime and Public Safety team, an endeavor aimed at honing in on topics that affect readers’ daily lives and wellbeing. He wrote a mix of enterprise, spot news and breaking news, which provided a nice balance of short-term and long-term projects. Additionally, he was heavily involved in building a Facebook group for the section, helping with the new Cold Case Files series and creating the AJC’s first-ever Homicide Tracker.
Martha is a 2017 graduate of the University of Georgia, with a B.A. in Journalism from Grady College. She previously interned at The Athens Banner-Herald and Flagpole Magazine in Athens. At the AJC, Martha worked with both the Local News and Features teams, which allowed her to report on a diverse spectrum of stories ranging from covering Atlanta City Hall to Facebook Live-ing about new restaurants at the Braves’ SunTrust Park. "I’d define my internship by one word: adaptability. If you are willing to take whatever assignment is thrown at you, or volunteer to help on anything you hear another reporter needs help with, you’ll learn more about a newsroom than if you just stayed in your ‘lane.’ Most importantly, you’ll learn what kind of stories you like to do, personally."
Nate Harris is a rising senior at the University of Georgia, pursuing a degree in journalism with a minor in computer science and a new media certificate. He has worked for UGA’s independent student newspaper, The Red & Black, as both a reporter and an editor during his college career. At The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he served primarily as the Henry County beat reporter, covering everything from local politics and school boards, to community issues and the county’s changing demographics.
Anastaciah Ondieki graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication in May 2017. Prior to her internship, she was a student reporter at the Georgia NewsLab, where she spent a year profiling private and public figures and investigating compliance by Metro Atlanta agencies. At the AJC, Anastaciah interned on the Investigative team, where she researched and wrote a high-profile story on affordable housing along the Beltline. She also worked with the newly established hyperlocal team to produce content for the residents of Cobb County. The internship at the AJC provided her an opportunity to work on high-profile investigative stories alongside skilled journalists in the field.
Lindsey Conway is a rising senior at the University of Georgia, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in the Spanish language. Following a year of working as a student investigative reporter with the Georgia News Lab, she was invited to work as an investigative intern with the AJC. Previously, Lindsey has served in many capacities at The Red & Black, the independent campus newspaper affiliated with UGA, including roles as news editor and digital producer. Through this internship, Lindsey has gained valuable first-hand experience reporting on affordable housing, a topic important to the Atlanta community, and loved seeing the powerful impact and change investigative reporting can achieve.
As a member of the audience department, Alma was able to work on a variety of different projects. Alma built event packages for the AJC, and the other newspapers within the Cox Media Group. Alma also produced video content for stories, and contributed to the creation of a new real estate site that’s going to be released this fall. "The AJC is great because they really allow their interns to explore and dabble in other departments. I wrote an opinion piece for the education blog, and was able to connect with the technology department to learn more about their workflow and projects. Every week the interns had lunch with a member of the newsroom, where we were able to talk and learn from esteemed, successful journalists. Even better, there was some sort of free food in the newsroom at least once a week! I’m so thankful that I was able to join the AJC for my first internship, and can only hope that wherever I end up in the future will be as great of an experience as the one I had this summer." Alma is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Tyler graduated from Kennessaw State University in 2017. He wrote for The Sentinel from 2014 to 2016, where he was Sports Editor in 2016. He was a Sports Radio Host at Owl Radio from 2014 to 2016. He interned at Fox Sports South in 2015. He is a credentialed writer, and has covered Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Hawks since 2015 for SB Nation. "I did just about everything you can possibly do in Atlanta sports coverage for my AJC internship. From golf and tennis to the main professional and college sports teams here, the internship allowed me to cover events that were new to me, as well as write about some players and teams that I’ve always wanted to. I’ve enjoyed covering the Braves and being a part of the training camps and practices as football starts up for the Falcons and Georgia Tech. The two highlights on my internship were finishing a longform feature story on Reggie Ball that seemed to impact a lot of people and covering Dwight Howard’s 'farewell' to Atlanta after being traded in the offseason. Also, being around so many incredible sports journalists and being able to communicate and develop relationships with them was truly a blessing."
Gabe recently graduated from Valdosta State University with a B.A. in journalism. He served as the editor-in-chief of The Spectator, VSU’s editorially independent student newspaper. He previously interned and served as editor at Dodgers Nation, while interning and freelancing at The Valdosta Daily Times. He will be staying with the AJC as a reporter and digital content producer. "The AJC internship was one of the best experiences of my life. I gathered invaluable experience as I enter the field. It reassured my belief in a journalism career, and allowed me to interact with some of the best in the business. I cannot recommend this program enough."
Julian Herbert is a rising junior at Howard University where he majors in television, media and film production. Julian has experience in television, media, and film communications, working with Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc., Cox Media Group, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, and an independent film company called The Horne Brothers. Throughout his time at the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Julian was given the task to assist the head of the multimedia department on videos which covered various events, photo-shoots, and interviews around the city of Atlanta, most of which focused on companies within the technology, media and telecommunications industry, such as Cox Media Group. He sharpened his skills in sifting through footage and organizing clips into a concise and compelling product. Most importantly, he became a visual storyteller.
Stephanie Lamm is a May 2017 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She graduated with degrees in interactive journalism and political science. Stephanie previously interned at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as a business writer. During her internship, her map of affordable housing along the Atlanta Beltline recieved national recognition from the Sunlight Foundation. Working with the data team, Stephanie cleaned messy government records, wrote stories on trends she found in the data and helped reporters find numbers for their stories.
Chad Rhym is a rising Junior pursuing a bachelor of arts in Sociology at Morehouse College. Going into his third year at Morehouse, Rhym will serve as the Senior Copy Editor and Photography Editor for the Maroon Tiger — Morehouse’s student publication, Brand Manager for Morehouse’s Student Government Association, and will be participating in the 2017-18 Georgia News Lab. For the AJC, Rhym worked in the Multimedia department as the photojournalism intern. He particularly loves covering issues surrounding underrepresented communities and social inequality.
An Atlanta native, Allison is a rising junior at Brown University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in History. She is an editor of the student life publication at Brown, The Blognonian. She loves telling human interest stories and producing digital content. "In addition to developing social media and marketing skills, I was also able to write a great deal this summer. On the audience side, I targeted key influencers, developed the AJC’s social footprint across several platforms, and sharpened my analytic skills. I also had the chance to work at the hyperlocal desk, write about food, and even try my hand at op-eds! My team and supervisors were incredible, and I will always cherish the weeks I spent with them. I really can’t recommend this internship enough."