Spring Intern - Politics Data Reporting

ABC News

Remote / Virtual 11-17-2021
  • Paid
  • Internship
  • Entry (0-2 years) Experience
Job Description
FiveThirtyEight is seeking an intern to join our politics team during the fall of 2021. We're looking for a current student or recent graduate who has experience using data to tell stories about politics - ranging from how Americans feel about an important political issue to unpacking big political and electoral trends.

The intern's main role will be to report and write his or her own stories, but the internship will also involve working closely with the politics team and other parts of the newsroom on a number of collaborative projects. See FiveThirtyEight's ''When Women Run'' project or our deep dive into police misconduct and settlements for examples of big, cross-newsroom projects that interns have contributed to previously.


The politics intern will report to the Politics Editor, but as a small newsroom, we're looking for someone eager to collaborate with colleagues across the newsroom.

A day in the life...
• Pitch, report and write stories on American politics.
• Conduct original data analysis for stories and bigger features and projects.
• Collaborate with other reporters and teams across the newsroom, including our visual journalists, video journalists and copy desk.

Basic Qualifications:

An ideal candidate will have journalism experience and a background in data analysis in addition to some experience covering or analyzing American politics (whether from a journalism class, school paper, job or internship). But ''politics'' doesn't just mean electoral politics. It could mean you have experience reporting on policy issues, social movements, polarization in your community or something else. Interpret it broadly, because we will too!

Basic Qualifications
• Journalism experience, whether from a class, working at a student publication or through a job or internship.
• Experience analyzing data - again, from either a class, student publication or previous job or internship is absolutely fine!
• Some experience reporting on politics.
• Knowledge of FiveThirtyEight and the kinds of journalism we create.

Preferred Qualifications:

A background in statistics or experience working with R.

Additional Information:
• Must possess unrestricted work authorization
• Must be at least 18 years old
• At the time of application, must currently be enrolled in an accredited college or university and taking at least one class – OR – be a recent graduate of an accredited college or university within the last six months - OR - be currently participating in the Disney College Program, Disney Culinary Program or Disney Professional Internship Program
• Must be able to have a consistent, reliable work schedule throughout the session
• Must not have completed one year of continual employment on a Disney internship or program

Work Environment
• This internship is a remote internship. The internship requires a working, reliable internet connection as well as a quiet, dedicated work space.
• The approximate dates of this internship are January to May 2022
• Candidate must be available to work full time hours (40 hours/week) in Eastern Standard time for the duration of the internship

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