Join Our Team!
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.
To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and two clips to firstname.lastname@example.org — and mention “Fall Internship” in the subject line.
We are no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2020 Editorial Internship. Please check again in November for our Spring 2021 Editorial Internship.
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.