INTERNSHIPS AT WILLAMETTE WEEK
Willamette Week offers three month, unpaid internships to qualified candidates throughout the year. To find out more about our internship programs and how to apply, please see below.
WW offers three-month news internships throughout the year. The news internships are unpaid and require a time commitment of 20 hours a week. In the belief that experience is the best teacher, the internship provides opportunities to write for both wweek.com and the print edition.
To apply for a news internship, send your resume and three news clips (or writing samples) to managing editor for news Brent Walth.
Arts & Culture interns work with a team of four editors producing the print paper’s food, music, film, theater and books sections as well as blog posts and our special sections.
Internships are geared toward interests and knowledge, but involve a wide variety of subjects and tasks. A&C interns work closely with staff editors on short-form previews, reviews and blog posts, and may work on longer features after they’ve demonstrated aptitude, work ethic and familiarity with the paper’s standards and voice. A&C interns are generally also asked to take on one large data collection and organization project, organize food and drink tastings, do occasional transcription, help with fact-checking and perform minor errands.
Internships are unpaid and require a three-month commitment. We are happy to do whatever is necessary to get you college credit, if relevant. Interns must work at least 20 hours per week. The schedule is flexible other than required Wednesday afternoon staff meetings. In general, we’re here to help you learn about journalism and will work to see that you take away far more than you give.
We ask that you send us a copy of your resume, three published clips, answer the questions below and write a sample food, music, performance or movie listing. Please send to Arts & Culture Editor.
_How'd you get interested in journalism?
_What do you hope to get out of an internship here?
_What do you want to be doing in 10 years?
_Which Arts & Culture subjects interest you most?
_Which of your writing samples are you proudest of, and why?
--What kind of experience do you have blogging, creating websites or
working with other multimedia?
_When could you start?
_Would you be able to commit to 20 hours a week?
SAMPLE LISTING DIRECTIONS & FORMAT
Please write a 75-100 word preview of an upcoming concert, reading,
gallery opening or film. It doesn't matter what it is. Just pick something happening in Portland within the next three weeks and write a short, descriptive listing that
introduces readers to it and tells them why— or why not—they should check
it out. PLEASE FOLLOW THE FORMAT OF THE EXAMPLE BELOW.
You like movies and alcohol, right? Now, let’s say the movie is a documentary about mezcal and the alcohol is mezcal—both of which are being served up at Experience Mezcal. In fact, I’m drinking mezcal right now, which is why this reads like it does. Anyway, this event sounds a bit like a marketing effort from Big Mezcal, but we’re assured there’s “zero brand sponsorship” of the documentary, and the trailer looks terrific. Remember how I said I’m drinking mezcal right now? It’s smoky and rich, and way more interesting than tequila. Even on a Monday. JORDAN GREEN. Monday, September 23, 7 pm. $50 includes screening, Q&A with director and tasting flight. Red Star Tavern & Roast House, 503 SW Alder St. 222-0005, redstartavern.com.
Application Deadline: February 13, 2015
Spring Internship Duration: March, April, May
Are you a self-starting quick learner interested in assisting with WW's marketing, events and digital media? Willamette Week needs an intern to assist our Events and Marketing Manager. Must have a public relations or marketing degree or background, excellent writing skills, and show up ready to tackle a variety of projects. Experience with Adobe creative suite a giant plus. Must work efficiently, collaboratively and productively. Hours are flexible, up to 15 hours/week. Email résumé and cover letter to Steph Barnhart, Events and Marketing Manager.
QUESTIONS FOR PROSPECTIVE EVENTS AND MARKETING INTERNS
- Why are you interested in Willamette Week?
- Which aspects of marketing energize you most?
- What completed project are you most proud of and why? (i.e. writing sample, completed event, design project, etc.)
- What do you hope to be doing in the next year?
Duties and responsibilities may include:
Manage WW's Newsletter
• Facilitate concert ticket give-a-ways
• Add advertiser info/photos/promotions
• Run all copy through editorial copy desk and supervisors prior to send
• Work with Marketing and Sales Manager to develop strategies for increasing and retaining subscriber numbers
• Manage subscriber list
Manage WW's Promotions page - www.wweek.com/promotions
• Administer advertiser promoted posts in WW Newsletter, Promotions page, Twitter, Facebook and Promotions page
• Manage online photo albums
• Contribute ideas for change and development of the page and its use
Assist with HeadOut, WW's events and entertainment app
• Upload featured posts and listings on behalf of clients
• Help execute front and back end procedures to make HeadOut function
• Creatively market the app to increase download and engagement numbers
• Assist in WW event planning and production
• Attend Cartathlon (March 1), Eat Mobile (April 26), Best New Band Showcase (May 16), and Outdoor Guide Launch Party (May 26)
• Research various event prep facts, contacts and venues as need arises
• Assemble photos, content, text, video and logos to build one sheets and sponsorship pitches and recaps using InDesign