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Editorial Internship, High Country News- Colorado

Organization: High Country News

Position Title: Editorial Internship

Location: Paonia, CO

Hours and Compensation: Every year, High Country News offers four to six internship positions, each six months long. Two to three new interns join us each June and January; we provide free housing and a $170-per-week stipend. To help defray moving costs, an additional $500 travel stipend is available upon successful completion of the internship. One especially talented intern from each round may have the opportunity to stay on another 6 months as an editorial fellow — a yet more writing-intensive position with higher pay.

Application Deadline: 

Applications for Winter/Spring 2014 must be received by Oct. 21, 2013.
Position start date – Dec. 30, 2013
End date – mid-June, 2014

Applications for Summer/Fall 2014 must be received by March 10, 2014.
Start date – June 30, 2014
End date – Mid-December, 2014


Organization Overview

High Country News, published twice-monthly in Paonia, Colo., is a nonprofit newsmagazine “for people who care about the West.” The newsmagazine reaches 23,000 subscribers — an estimated 60,000 readers — including grassroots activists, public land managers, tribal officials, government policymakers, educators, students and interested citizens.

The Los Angeles Times has written that High Country News is “the most influential environmental journal in the Mountain West,” and according to Newsweek, “High Country News is a must for anyone following land use issues west of the 100th meridian.” Our hard-hitting coverage has won many major journalism awards during the past few years, including:

* Utne Independent Press Awards for Best Environmental Coverage and for Best Local/Regional Coverage
* Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism
* George Polk Award
* First Person Narrative award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors
* Science Journalism Award from the American Association for Advancement of Science
* Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism
* James V. Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism


Our interns are a key part of the HCN team; aside from a few minor tasks such as sorting the mail and answering phones, interns spend most of their time researching, interviewing, writing, and developing content for the magazine and website. We pride ourselves on fairness, accuracy and good writing, and we expect no less of our interns.


All interns work with the staff editors to write stories for print and online ranging in length from 150 to 1,600 words. Depending on their experience and ability, editorial interns may also get the opportunity to write a 2,500-4,000 word feature story. Our editing process is rigorous; it is not unusual for a story to see six or eight drafts. Reporting is generally conducted over the phone and the Internet, but we do have money to send each intern out into the field at least once to do on-the-ground reporting.

Our interns go on to become leaders in journalism and politics. They pursue careers as reporters, editors, educators, lawyers, policymakers and freelance writers.

How to Apply

For application details, see
A resume, cover letter, three references and three writing samples should be sent to High Country News in HARD COPY c/o
Sarah Gilman
PO Box 1090
Paonia, CO

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