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The Notebook offers internship opportunities throughout the year for students and other individuals interested in community-oriented, advocacy journalism. Interns are involved in all aspects of production, from writing and editing articles to advertising and events planning.

We are searching for candidates for the following intern positions:

Staff Writer Internship

Position description: The staff writer will gain experience as a reporter covering issues facing the Philadelphia public school system. The staff writer will develop articles for the print editions and website. Tasks include, but are not limited to: conducting interviews, attending, and covering meetings and events, research, and proofreading.

This is a part-time position. The staff writer must be available 8 or more hours/week. Hours are flexible, but applicants must be primarily available during normal weekday business hours.

Qualifications: This position is open to undergraduate or graduate students. Applicant should possess strong written communications skills and an interest in K-12 public education issues, as well as community-oriented, advocacy journalism. Journalism experience highly desired.

Compensation: The Notebook is an approved worksite for students that qualify for state and federal work-study funding. The Notebook will work with your university to determine an hourly wage. Unless you are a college student receiving a work-study grant as part of a financial aid package, this position is unpaid. Alternatively, students may arrange to receive internship course credit or fulfill community service requirements through their work at the Notebook.

How to apply: Applicants for this position are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and set of clippings to:

Wendy Harris, Managing Editor
3721 Midvale Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19129
fax: (215) 951-0342
wendyh@thenotebook.org

Editorial Assistant Internship

Position description: The editorial assistant will gain experience in the fields of independent journalism, multimedia, non-profit management, and educational activism. The editorial assistant will support the completion of the pint editions, as well as contribute editorial support to the website in the form of writing and proofreading blog posts. Tasks include, but are not limited to: internet research, writing, editing, and administrative work, which can include assisting with mailings and other small projects.

The editorial assistant must be available for 8 or more hours/week. Hours are flexible, but applicants must be primarily available during normal weekday business hours.

Qualifications: This position is open to undergraduate or graduate students. Applicant should possess strong written communications skills and an interest in K-12 public education issues, as well as community-oriented, advocacy journalism.

Compensation: The Notebook is an approved worksite for students that qualify for state and federal work-study funding. The Notebook can work with your university to determine an hourly wage. Unless you are a college student receiving a work-study grant as part of a financial aid package, this position is unpaid. Alternatively, students may arrange to receive internship course credit or fulfill community service requirements through their work at the Notebook.

How to apply: Applicants for this position are asked to mail, fax or e-mail a cover letter, resume, and writing samples (if available) to:

Wendy Harris, Managing Editor
3721 Midvale Ave., Phila.,, Pa 19129
fax: (215) 951-0342
wendyh@thenotebook.org

Website Assistant Internship

Position description: The website assistant intern at the Philadelphia Public School Notebook will gain experience in the fields of independent journalism, multimedia, non-profit management, and educational activism. The website assistant intern will assist with posting edition content and other site updating. Depending on the intern's skills and interests the work could also include web design and development, site promotion and social media, multimedia, and other site-related projects.

Qualifications: This position is open to undergraduate or graduate students or other interested individuals. Applicant should possess strong communications skills and an interest in community-oriented, advocacy journalism. Experience with Drupal or a similar content management system is a plus. Comfort with learning new software and working on the web is required.  While hours are flexible, applicants must have some availability during normal weekday business hours. Applicants should be available for approximately 8-16 hours/week for a minimum of 4 months.

Compensation: The Notebook is an approved worksite for students that qualify for state and federal work-study funding. The Notebook will work with your university to determine an hourly wage. Unless you are a college student receiving a work-study grant as part of a financial aid package, this position is unpaid. Alternatively, students may arrange to receive internship course credit or fulfill community service requirements through their work at the Notebook. If the intern is ineligible for work study or course credit, travel reimbursement is available.

How to apply: Applicants for the website assistant internship are asked to submit a cover letter and resume to:

David Limm, Online Editor
3721 Midvale Ave., Phila., Pa 19129
fax: (215) 951-0342
davidl@thenotebook.org

Multimedia/Photography Internship

Position description: The multimedia/photography intern will gain experience in the fields of multimedia, photography, video, and photojournalism. The multimedia/photography intern will support the photography needs of the print edition as well as contribute photos and content for our website and blog. The intern will be responsible for developing multimedia packages as well as covering/shooting regular events that we would report on. There will also be an opportunity for the intern to shadow a veteran photographer to help learn the aspects of shooting subjects dealing with educational justice and activism.

Qualifications: Hours are flexible, but applicants must be primarily available during normal weekday business hours. Applicants should possess strong written communication skills and an interest in K-12 public education issues, as well as community-oriented, advocacy journalism.

For video and other multimedia projects, the Notebook will provide the a flip video camera and the software required to build multimedia packages, but we recommend that applicants have their own equipment with which to shoot still photography. Applicants should be available for approximately 8-16 hours/week. Applicants must be primarily available during normal weekday business hours, but there may be some evening assignments.

Compensation: The Notebook is an approved worksite for students that qualify for state and federal work-study funding. The Notebook will work with your university to determine an hourly wage. Unless you are a college student receiving a work-study grant as part of a financial aid package, this position is unpaid.   Alternatively, students may arrange to receive internship course credit or fulfill community service requirements through their work at the Notebook. If the intern is ineligible for work study or course credit, travel reimbursement is available.

How to apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to:

David Limm, Online Editor
3721 Midvale Ave., Phila,, Pa. 19129
fax: (215) 951-0342
davidl@thenotebook.org

Media / Marketing Internship Opportunity

Position description: The Notebook is seeking an energetic marketing intern. The marketing intern will gain valuable, hands-on experience in newspaper advertising sales, circulation, and business management. Tasks include: assisting with and distributing marketing/advertising/circulation promotions; compiling advertising/trafficking reports; setting up and maintaining Google Adwords, Facebook, Twitter, and Bing advertising campaigns, e-mail markeiting - assisting with writing/creating and distributing email; assisting with marketing planning, writing, editing, and promoting.

Qualifications: Applicants should have experience with basic HTML, Photoshop, Illustrator, and/or InDesign. Should be highly organized, creative, pro-active, and have an interest in public education. Applicants should also be eager to work on marketing projects and are also interested in video production as a marketing tool. Must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Compensation: The Notebook is an approved worksite for students that qualify for state and federal work-study funding. The Notebook will work with your university to determine an hourly wage. Unless you are a college student receiving a work-study grant as part of a financial aid package, this position is unpaid.   Alternatively, students may arrange to receive internship course credit or fulfill community service requirements through their work at the Notebook. If the intern is ineligible for work study or course credit, travel reimbursement is available.

How to apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to:

Shawn Phillips
Advertising Sales/Business Manager
3721 Midvale Ave., Phila., Pa. 19129
Fax: 215-931-0342
shawnp@thenotebook.org

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