We're Looking for a Few Good Interns!

This photo is the first thing that came up when we searched "internship."

We could use a few extra hands around here. If you’re especially talented and looking for something to do this upcoming semester, this job's for you.

Our interns won’t be getting our coffee. Instead, they’ll be contributing articles and quizzes to mentalfloss.com, researching, proofreading, editing, and spreading the word about the _floss. Plus various not-so-glamorous administrative tasks. Working knowledge of Photoshop is a plus. (But no coffee fetching. Scout’s honor.)

How to Apply

Declare your candidacy by sending an email to Erin with the subject line "Mental Floss Fall 2013 Internship" before 11:59pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 21. In your email, include the following:

1. Tell us about yourself (in a few paragraphs).

2. Tell us why you’d make a great mental_floss intern (if you’re not a writer but feel you’d be able to make a contribution in another way, make your case).

3. Tell us when you can start and how many days a week you can work—and also when you won't be available to work!

4. Come up with one great story idea, with a one-paragraph summary.

5. Come up with three ideas for timed quizzes (for example, “Name All 50 State Capitals in 10 Minutes” or “Name the Cosby Kids in 1 Minute”). Even if you don’t land this internship, we might use your quiz idea—and if we do, you’ll get your name in pixels on the quiz banner and we’ll send you a mental_floss t-shirt.

6. Attach your resume and whatever clips you’d like us to read.

The Particulars

The internship starts in September and will continue through December. Oh, and remember when I said we needed help “around here” in the first paragraph? That’s not true. Almost all our past interns have worked remotely, from wherever they happened to be—but ideally, you’d be available 12-15 hours a week. It pays $10/hour.

Aren't Interested in Being an Intern?

There's still hope! Send us a pitch for one story with three links to examples of other things you've written that you're proud of. Perhaps you can land a spot in the freelance army.

August 14, 2013 - 4:00pm
webby
submit to reddit