Like the restaurant where chefs go to eat, the Washington Monthly is the political magazine and website where Beltway insiders go for high-quality, ahead-of-the-pack journalism. We break the stories, highlight the issues, and frame the arguments that Americans will read in their newspapers and see on TV and the Web months or even years later. Since 1969 the magazine launched the careers of some of America’s most prominent journalists — including James Fallows of the Atlantic, Nicholas Confessore of the New York Times, Nicholas Thompson of Wired, Katherine Boo and Benjamin Wallace-Wells of the New Yorker, and David Ignatius of the Washington Post.


Editorial Interns

The Washington Monthly is looking for thoughtful, creative, driven interns. We have a small staff that produces big stories, so expect to work closely with editors on our website and bimonthly print magazine. We are a nonprofit, independent voice with nearly 50 years of experience understanding Washington and telling fascinating, deeply reported stories about the ideas and characters that animate America’s government. This is not a place where interns fetch coffee and observe journalism from the sidelines; you’ll be expected to research and fact check stories, pitch your own stories for the site, and help manage our social media accounts. This is a part-time, paid position, and we can do our best to accommodate a second job if necessary. No phone calls, please.

“The Washington Monthly was an amazing place to do an internship. That’s where it cemented for me that I wanted to be journalist.” – Ezra Klein

Recent interns have gone on to work for the following publications: Washington Post, Politico, Politico Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Mother Jones, the Week, American Prospect, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Applicants should have an interest in politics and journalism. People of color, women, and LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply.

We’re now soliciting applications for our Fall 2017 Editorial Internship

  • Internship Dates: Late August/early September through late December (exact dates are flexible)

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and two clips to — and mention ‘internship’ in the subject line.

Vice President, Business and Finance

Washington Monthly is a nationally recognized political magazine in its 48th year of publication, known for its independent voice and its ability to change policy debates in Washington and beyond. We are seeking a senior-level team member with a background in non-profits to oversee a wide range of activities, including:

  • Financial Planning, Reporting, and Business Operations: Budget development and implementation; financial management; oversight of all business and personnel operations
  • Circulation & Fulfillment: Subscriber acquisition, renewal programs, maintenance of subscriber base, coordination with fulfillment company
  • Development: Participate in the formulation of foundation proposals; prepare grant reports; conduct online fundraising campaigns


  • At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of broad experience in the areas above, preferably in a non-profit environment; communications and marketing experience also desirable
  • Superior writing and critical thinking skills
  • Highly developed organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Quick-study, self-starter with the ability to work in a team and independently
  • Experience with QuickBooks and Excel a must

We are looking for someone who meets the above qualifications and has an interest in and commitment to the work of the Washington Monthly. To apply, send a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to


The Washington Monthly is a publication covering politics, government, culture and the media. Our editors welcome story pitches that suit our editorial mix. Please submit query letters in writing through our Contact page.

Before you pitch a story to us, we recommend you read through a few of our back issues online or in print to get a feel for the type of investigative, system-analysis journalism we value and promote.

The magazine is published five times a year and includes investigative and opinion-based feature articles (2,000 to 5,000 words), occasional short news items and humorous sidebars (500 to 1,400 words), and book reviews of recent political and cultural titles (usually about 1,500-3,000 words). We occasionally print excerpts from forthcoming political books. We don’t publish fiction, poetry, or celebrity profiles.

Due to the volume of mail we receive, we regret that we cannot respond to every story pitch.