CL Internships 

Creative Loafing - Atlanta offers highly competitive internships to active students. The internships offer students an opportunity to gain real-world experience at the Southeast's leading alternative weekly and Georgia's second-most widely circulated newspaper.

As a small organization with a commitment to the very best journalism, we give interns a chance to learn how decisions are made. Interns are encouraged to become involved in the editorial process by pitching story ideas to all editors and sections of the paper, but we hold them to the same standards as our professional writers. Interns will also have the opportunity to become involved in marketing and sales initiatives as well as company operations. Most interns leave their internship with a set of clips and have even contributed to feature stories and award-winning pieces. They also experience a wide array of publishing operations, so they exit the internship with a better understanding of the industry as a whole. Creative Loafing interns are highly successful, self-motivated students and some have gone on to top graduate journalism programs, positions at other papers as well as working with Creative Loafing.

The best interns are assertive, ambitious and organized. Each candidate should have some journalism experience and must be working toward a degree. Additionally, candidates must receive credit for the internship. Do we make exceptions? NO. Students with published work preferred. We require a minimum commitment of 12-16 hours per week.

HOW TO APPLY

Although we'll work with students regarding schedules and deadlines, we generally try to stick to three separate terms: fall (mid-August through late December), spring (early January through early May), summer (mid-May through mid-August). Deadlines for application packets are: December 6 for the spring, April 18 for the summer and Aug. 1 for the fall. To apply, please send a cover letter (outlining why you should be considered for the internship, including what sets you apart from other applicants, blogging experience, involvement in social media, as well as any specific interests in our sections, including Food & Drink, Arts, News, Music, as well as marketing and sales), a resume, two references (with e-mail and phone number), and three samples of your work to:
Alicia Carter, Creative Loafing, 115 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303, or alicia.wages@creativeloafing.com. Please no phone calls or surprise visits.

The number of interns working with the editorial staff varies but these are the general areas where most interns work:

General CL Internship:

Interns manage the events database including Happenings and Arts Agenda listings. It is an information bank of the arts and entertainment events taking place throughout metro Atlanta. Interns also contribute to Go, a weekly round-up of the city's best events. As they establish their skills, interns may also write briefs and contribute to other sections.

Interns with specific section interests will have the opportunity to work with the following sections:

Food & Drink: An intern interested in cuisine writing will assist the food editor in keeping up-to-date on restaurant listings, including the online Good Eats category that includes reviews of hundreds of Atlanta restaurants, as well as dealing with Web content and fact-checking.

Music: Music interns compile music listings, help organize and administer the local music archives, and assist the music editor in various projects. Once they have demonstrated their skills, music interns may be called upon to write record reviews or weekly music highlights. Atlanta has a vibrant music scene; this section is one of the most popular and largest parts of the paper – and for writers, one of the most competitive. Pressing deadlines on Fridays; availability will be considered in placement.

Arts & Entertainment: Interns interested in arts and entertainment will assist the A&E editor with updating the Culture Surfing blog covering topics including visual arts, theater, film, dance, books, comedy and more. An A&E intern will also be responsible for pulling photos for print and online content, working on the Creative Loafing website, organizing the mail, and contributing to the paper.

News: Interns interested in covering hard news and copy-editing work with our award-winning staff writers and editors in the news and operations departments. News interns maintain our civic-related events and assist reporters in researching stories, compiling information, writing blog posts, maintaining our community blog, helping to build our neighborhood guide, and fact-checking. Pressing deadlines are on Fridays and Mondays; availability on those days will be considered in placement.

Digital: An intern with a strong interest in digital, content production, and social media will contribute to CL’s online editorial voice (social media), online production work (content and database management), and editorial content (writing and such). Interns liaison with section editors and various departments around CL to maintain an ethically sound online presence and execute digital strategy. As interns establish their skills, they may have the opportunity to oversee their own section of CLATL.com and pursue topics/stories of their choosing.

Marketing and Promotions: Assist in PR duties such as maintaining a press list; writing and distributing press releases; research general marketing and social media trends; upload giveaways and blogs to the Fun and Free website and help manage ticket giveaways; perform other general sales and marketing research as needed; and assist at marketing events, concerts, festivals, etc., when needed.

Sales: Interns will scour all of the local deal sites and cherry pick targets that fit our readers' demographic to help out with CL's new deal site and will make lists for suggested targets that have not run a deal. Interns can go back into account lists with dormant accounts and work with the AEs to potentially set appointments or prequalify over the phone. Canvass competitive media to create a pool to prospect from. Help sales coordinator report individual sales numbers.

OTHER INTERNSHIPS OFFERED:

Photography: The photography intern shoots weekly photography assignments that are published in Creative Loafing. Along with this responsibility, the intern works to organize our image archive, assists the staff photographer on location, completes photo research and helps prepare images for publication. Experience using Adobe Photoshop and digital photography equipment is required. Personal SLR digital photo equipment and newsroom experience is a plus. Must have a reliable vehicle and be available to shoot assignments on most weekends throughout the internship.

Point of contact for photography internships: Photo Editor Joeff Davis, joeff.davis@creativeloafing.com.

Design: The design intern will work with the Creative Director and designer to help produce pages on deadline each week. Work can vary from simple half pages inside the book to section openers. There is also the potential to work in Advertising and Marketing design as well as produce pieces for the website. Candidates must know Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, and have a strong eye for typography and color. They must be available at least two days a week, preferably Friday, Monday or Tuesday.

Point of contact for design internships: Wes Duvall, wes.duvall@creativeloafing.com.

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