Four Paid Summer Education Reporting Internships Available

Chalkbeat, the national non-profit education news organization covering local public schools, is seeking four motivated undergraduate or graduate students, to serve as summer reporting interns in Chalkbeat’s four bureaus. Our bureaus are located in New York, NY, Denver, CO, Memphis, TN, and Indianapolis, IN.

The 10-week paid internship will offer student journalists the opportunity to work
alongside some of the nation’s top education journalists in a dynamic, rapidly growing organization that is gaining a national reputation for entrepreneurial journalism. The New York Times public editor recently mentioned Chalkbeat in a column about promising trends in the business of journalism. 

Interns will have the opportunity to undertake daily education news assignments and to work on longer, enterprise stories. They will also be involved in boosting their bureau’s engagement work, including contributing to social media, building robust First Person and comments sections, and helping plan and execute community events designed to inform readers and facilitate dialogue.

Ideal candidates will have a demonstrable passion for public policy and social issues journalism, strong reporting and writing skills, and comfort working in digital media. He or she will be mission-driven, entrepreneurial, creative, energetic, and a tenacious reporter.

About Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization covering the national effort to transform public education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. We seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Chalkbeat was founded in 2013 as a merger of GothamSchools and EdNews Colorado, the award-winning news sites that are now known as Chalkbeat New York and Chalkbeat Colorado. While each local Chalkbeat bureau works together to sustain our operations, each bureau is editorially independent.


We are seeking summer reporting interns who are energized by our mission and excited to help us build a news organization that re-imagines daily newsgathering while embracing traditional journalistic values. Candidates should have clips that demonstrate strong reporting and writing skills. Were also looking for people with a passion for (and ideally, a familiarity with) covering education.

In particular, you should have:

Significant high school, college or professional journalism experience

  • A high level of comfort with the exciting opportunities and challenges
  • inherent in working in a high-energy start-up environment
  • Familiarity with and curiosity about education issues such as standards,
  • school choice, and teacher effectiveness

The 10-week internships start June 2 and run through Aug. 8. Interns will work 40-hour weeks and receive a $3,200 stipend.

To Apply

Please send a resume, five relevant clips, and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and any bureau location preferences to Chalkbeat’s co-founder Alan Gottlieb at The deadline for applications is April 4 at midnight EDT.

While awaiting its non-profit designation from the IRS, Chalkbeat is a project of the Colorado Non-Profit Development Center (CNDC). CNDC is the legal governing body of this organization and is responsible for legal and fiscal oversight of this project; all positions are employees of CNDC. CNDC is dedicated to equal employment opportunities in any term, condition, or privilege of employment. CNDC prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age 40 and over, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression or any other characteristic protected by state or local law.

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