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Thanks to generous long-term support from foundations and donors, the Washington Monthly is thriving, and HIRING!  After President Kennedy hired our founder Charlie Peters to evaluate Peace Corps programs around the world, the writing that came back was so good that Peters decided to launch a magazine, The Washington Monthly.  Since 1969 the magazine has prided itself on launching the careers of journalists who have risen to the pinnacle of the profession, including Nicholas Lemann, Dean of the Columbia School of Journalism; Jon Meacham and Jonathan Alter of Newsweek, Katherine Boo of The New Yorker; James Fallows and James Bennet of The Atlantic, Michael Kinsley, founder of Slate.com, Amy Sullivan of Time, historian Taylor Branch, David Ignatius of The Washington Post, and Joe Nocera and Nicholas Confessore of  The New York Times, among others.

Like the restaurant where chefs go to eat, The Washington Monthly has become 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.



The Washington Monthly is seeking applications for an editor/reporter position that will be available soon. A sense of humor and a willingness to work long hours at low pay are required. Knowledge of politics, government and Washington a plus.

As a Monthly editor, you’ll be following in the footsteps of many fine journalists who have had the same job, including: James Fallows, Nicholas Lemann, Jonathan Alter, Kate Boo, Matt Cooper, Jon Meacham, Taylor Branch, Amy Sullivan, Timothy Noah, James Bennet, Joshua Green, Michelle Cottle, Gregg Easterbrook, David Ignatius, Nick Confessore, Joe Nocera, Steven Waldman, Jason DeParle and many more.

Candidates should send a cover letter, résumé, and writing samples (not necessarily published, but showing fact-gathering and analytic ability) to:

To apply, please send the requested documents to Services@WashingtonMonthly.com

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Fall Online Editorial Internship

The Washington Monthly is seeking applicants for a fall online editorial internship in its Washington, D.C. office. While the internship is unpaid, it is predominately a writing position; the intern's main responsibility will be producing content for a higher education website and blog the Monthly will be launching when it releases its annual college guide issue. He or she will be expected to immediately begin pitching and writing blog posts and, less frequently, full-length online articles, and will also be in a position to pitch articles for the print magazine.

Occasional research assistance will also be asked of this intern, but it should be emphasized that the intern's primary job will be to report on and analyze news related to higher ed policy for the website. This means not merely regurgitating and summarizing stories from other publications, but calling experts, attending hearings on the Hill, and, generally speaking, staying abreast of the latest developments in the higher ed world.

The ideal intern will:

• be passionate about journalism and higher ed policy
• be an extremely potent, clean writer — someone whose blog posts require little to no editing
• have a basic level of familiarity with blogging software
• understand the purpose and style of the Monthly's college guide
• not be shy about seeking out and interviewing sources

The online editorial intern should be able to commit to at least 20 hours of work a week from September through December. Course credit can be arranged, and after an initial orientation phase some telecommuting may be possible.

To apply, please send the following, attached as Word documents, to WMonlineinternship@gmail.com:

• your résumé
• two or three paragraphs on why this internship excites you and why you're a good fit, and one paragraph briefly outlining the first
  step you'd take to fix America's higher ed system
• up to three writing samples (published clips are preferred, but academic writing will also work)

Applicants can expect to hear back by mid-August at the latest, and further questions about the internship can be addressed to the above email address.

— no phone calls, please —


The Washington Monthly is seeking applicants for interns. Interns assist with a wide range of editorial tasks at our offices, including fact checking and research. Interns may also have the opportunity to write short pieces for the magazine. As our office is small, interns work closely with the magazine's editors and receive valuable experience in learning how articles are reported and edited. The internship is unpaid and can be either part-time or full-time. Please send a résumé and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in interning at the magazine. No phone calls, please.

To apply, please send a cover letter and résumé to:
send via e-mail to

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Join Our Team

The Washington Monthly, a vital, growing source of political news and commentary is always seeking energetic people to help our respected magazine and vibrant Web site grow. We look for individuals who will be compelled by the Washington Monthly’s mission of being a forceful voice in independent media. Our team members enjoy the energy and camaraderie generated within a small, energetic publishing office.

If you would like to explore employment possibilities with the Washington Monthly family, please send us a letter and your résumé.

To apply, please send a cover letter and résumé to:
send via e-mail to

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