Internships at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

About the Internship

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.


Internship Requirements

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.

Digital Intern

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. Digital interns will work with the audience department, which works closely with the newsroom. Apply here.

Reporter

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.

Data Reporter

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.

Data Visualization Developer

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.

  • Must have demonstrated experience with HTML, CSS, Javascript and jQuery, and version control (such as git)
  • Experience with drawing libraries like D3.js and mapping libraries like Leaflet or Google Maps API.
  • Major plus: experience with a server-side scripting language such as Ruby or Python, or graphics experience with an eye for great design (or both!)
Send us your online portfolio or links to your work, and/or your github username.

Multimedia photojournalist

  • Familiarity or experience with premier pro or similar editing software
  • Comfortable shooting video/interviewing & interacting with the public
  • Basic photography/framing skills
  • Video production experience a plus

How To Apply

Application Materials

  • A short note on why you want to be a journalist and how an internship at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will help you pursue your goal.
  • Note the specific internship you're interested in: reporting, data journalism, et al
  • 3 links, pdfs or other samples of your best work
  • Resume
  • References (contact information for 2).

Key Dates

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.

Contact Information

ajcinterns@gmail.com

Intern Coordinators:

Ken Foskett

Monica Richardson


Meet the 2016 Summer Interns

Chris Bowling

News Internship

Chris is a junior journalism major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln by way of Cincinnati, Ohio. At UNL he's the news editor of the student newspaper, the Daily Nebraskan, as well as a designer for the school's alternative entertainment publication, Seeds. Chris interned at the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald covering breaking news and general assignment before coming to the AJC to cover enterprise stories and transportation. "At the AJC I worked alongside talented, passionate journalists who were more than open to offer help whenever I needed it. I also had editors who trusted me with hefty stories involving race, LGBT rights and politics and treated me like a member of the team. More than anything this summer I learned the value of in-depth reporting and that spending time with an issue is vital when trying to ask and answer tough questions."

Here are links to his selected clips during the internship:


Asia Burns

News Intern

Asia is a junior at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., majoring journalism and mass communications. She's the editor in chief at the Samford Crimson, the college's weekly student newspaper. In her spare time, she mentors at-risk children through the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. At the AJC, Asia worked on the breaking news team, along with assignments on the education and local news teams.

Here are links to her selected clips during the internship:


Laura Cardona

Audience Intern

Laura is a rising senior at the University of Florida, pursuing bachelor's degrees in journalism and political science and a certificate in international relations. She is a radio producer and broadcaster at NPR affiliate WUFT-FM in Gainesville, Fla., and web editor and reporter for wuft.org. She was also anchor and executive producer of the radio station's weekly half-hour Spanish news show. She worked as a full-time reporter at a newspaper outside of Gainesville last summer, and has been a contributing writer to several other newspapers. She loves telling human interest stories and producing content for digital platforms.

Here are links to her selected clips during the internship:


Jerrel Floyd

Investigative Intern

Jerrel is a 2016 graduate of Morehouse College with a degree in political science. Following a year of working as a student investigative reporter with the Georgia News Lab, he was invited to serve as an investigative intern with the AJC. Previously, he served as the Features Editor and the Managing Editor of the Morehouse publication, the Maroon Tiger. He was recently offered a fellowship with the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University in Washington, D.C., where he will also be pursing his masters in journalism and public affairs.

Here are links to his selected clips during the internship:


Becca J.G. Godwin

Investigative Intern

Becca graduated in 2016 with an M.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia State University, where she spent a year investigating elected officials as a student reporter in the Georgia News Lab. She holds a B.S. in communication from Florida International University. Becca has previously been the Atlanta editor of an online lifestyle magazine, interned with the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire and wrote for the FIU school paper. From this internship, she's gained first-hand experience at working on a comprehensive national investigative project, a deeper love of journalism and, best of all, landed a full-time reporting job at the AJC at the end of her internship.

Here are links to her selected clips during the internship:


Marin Guta

Audience Intern

Marin Guta is a recent graduate of Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism. Last summer, she traveled to Vietnam and documented student engineers providing prosthetic limbs to amputees. For two years, Marin served as the digital editor of her university's newspaper, The Mercer Cluster. As an undergrad, she interned with the Tampa Bay Business Journal and produced videos and wrote articles for The (Macon) Telegraph. While at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marin's experimented with different audience engagement strategies and wrote content across the AJC's brand websites.

Here are links to her selected clips during the internship:


Jordan D. Hill

Sports Intern

Jordan is a senior at the University of Georgia, studying magazine journalism and pursuing a certificate in sports media. He served as the sports editor for UGA's independent newspaper, The Red & Black, in 2016 and previously served as a writer for The Red & Black, The Macon Telegraph and 247 Sports. "I sharpened my reporting and writing skills through my AJC internship, thanks to numerous new story opportunities as well as hands-on work with my co-workers. I wanted the AJC to be a step up the ladder in the pursuit of my career, and I can say I feel much more confident after my time here."

Here are links to his selected clips during the internship:


Sierra Hubbard

Digital News Intern

Sierra is a senior at Kennesaw State University majoring in journalism. She has worked with KSU's campus newspaper The Sentinel for three years and transitioned from its news editor to editor-in-chief. Sierra also serves as an officer with KSU's chapter of SPJ. In her previous internship, she worked on the communications team at ACCG, Georgia's county association, and learned about local government while writing press releases and editing videos. She is an avid gamer, and her ideal vacation is going to Dragon Con in Atlanta every year. "This internship gave me a taste of a real newsroom. I learned the sense of urgency required to deliver news in the digital realm while still being a credible source."

Here are links to her selected clips during the internship:


Emily Jenkins

Multimedia Intern

Emily is a 2016 graduate of the University of Georgia, with a B.A. in journalism from Grady College. She was a staff photographer for The Red & Black, UGA's independent student newspaper, and vice president of the National Press Photographers Association UGA Student Chapter. At the AJC, Emily was a photojournalist with spot news and enterprise assignments.

Here are selected links to her photos during the internship:


Kiersten Schmidt

Data Visualization Developer Intern

Kiersten is a second-year graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill studying interactive design. She graduated from the University of Miami in 2010 and worked as a newspaper designer before returning to school to make the switch to the web. An aspiring journalist since the fifth grade, she plans to use what she's learned at UNC and the AJC to help news organizations find better methods to tell stories using new technologies in the competitive media environment. She specializes in user experience design and data visualization and enjoys working on stories about sports, politics and demographic trends. Her favorite thing about the AJC internship is how welcoming everyone is and how willing the staff is to work with you and give you room to learn and grow.

Here are selected links to her design work during the internship:


Laura Thompson

News Intern

Laura recently received her master's degree from the Columbia Journalism School, where she focused on narrative writing and covering social justice issues. She also freelanced for the Columbia Journalism Review and Vice. Before Columbia, Laura studied publication management and visual journalism at the University of Georgia and was the opinions editor for the independent student newspaper, The Red & Black. She was a finalist for the Society of Professional Journalists' Regional Mark of Excellence Award in opinion writing and won the Columbia University Editorial Writing Award. At the AJC, Laura covered local government and local news.

Here are links to her selected clips during the internship:


Jaylon Thompson

Sports Intern

A native of Atlanta, Jaylon is a senior at the University of Georgia and a digital and broadcast journalism major. He interned at the Houston Chronicle before coming to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "My dream goal is to be a sports reporter and I was able to achieve that as the sports intern at the AJC. I hope to continue that dream as I head into the journalism field. My favorite thing about this experience was getting to network with so many great journalists. I would recommend this internship to any prospective interns, as you learn a lot about the business and yourself."

Here are links to his selected clips during the internship: