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GayRVA Is Now Accepting Applications For Summer 2018 Interns

GayRVA Staff | April 9, 2018

Do you love to write? Are you interested in getting your foot in the door with a local publication that covers all the amazing things happening in the local LGBTQ community, and puts a pro-LGBTQ spin on all the latest news and current events that affect us all? If so, you just might be the perfect candidate for an internship at GayRVA.

We are currently seeking interns for our Summer 2018 season. Specifically, we’re seeking to fill two positions with people who are  passionate, creative, hard-working, and willing to learn and better themselves under the guidance of a professional media outlet that is also Richmond’s only LGBTQ-focused publication. From music and theatre to politics and opinion pieces, you will cover a variety of subjects near and dear to our hearts, and will keep your ear to the ground to find new, undiscovered activity in our local scene.

We are specifically looking for candidates with involvement in some aspect of the local LGBTQ community, whether it be political, social, artistic, or cultural. If you’ve got a strong voice and a desire to elevate the conversation around these issues and activities, we’d love to offer you a platform.

Ideal candidates will:

  • Attend college and be in need of 2-3 credits through their scholastic program (majors in journalism and mass communications strongly preferred)
  • Have 2-3 days availability during the week, with the freedom to attend events in the evening
  • Have a laptop, digital camera, digital voice recorder, and/or smartphone
  • Be willing to work hard
  • Understand the responsibilities involved when committing to a project
  • Have experience writing non-fiction
  • Have an open mind, with the willingness to cover issues and topics that might be altogether new to you

Attending a college program is not required, but those not in a program should be able to show a history of successful writing or commitment to a long-term project. This isn’t the sort of internship where you make coffee and fetch files while someone else does the real work. Please be prepared to hit the ground running.

Editorial Internship Details:

1. Writing –  You will be responsible for some of the more regular weekly content: news writing, event previews, album reviews, business listing updates, political updates.

2. Interviewing – you will be speaking to LOTS of different people. The voices of the city and state help define a publication, and you will be seeking out those voices.

3. Pitching and developing long-form stories – we want to help you get published, we want to see you succeed. We’ll help you get there.

What you will get out of the internship program:

  • An understanding of the daily operations of an independent publication in a medium market town
  • The independence to cover stories and issues which interest you
  • Lots and lots of clips
  • Long form and short form writing experience
  • Multi-media web-based project experience
  • Access to shows, parties, and events

What we need from you:

  • Resume
  • Availability from May 14th – August 10th
  • Cover letter detailing why we should bring you on board
  • One short writing sample

Please send an email to Marilyn Drew Necci at drew@gayrva.com and put “Internship Submission” as the subject line. Deadline for submission is Monday, April 30. This internship is unpaid.

We are always seeking to diversify our newsroom; minority students are very much encouraged to apply. While non-membership in the LGBTQ community is by no means a disqualifier, we ask that you at least consider yourself a strong ally. Obviously if you don’t love gay people you probably shouldn’t be writing about them.