The Sacramento Bee hires students every summer in our internship program, giving them an opportunity to work as staff members in our newsroom alongside professional journalists. While these are student positions with an opportunity to learn and continue preparation for a news career, we expect an understanding of basic news standards and ethics, and at least a rudimentary skill set in being able to produce content.
All need to meet deadlines, be accurate and adhere to ethical standards. Reporters need to report thoroughly, write clearly and grasp the elements of storytelling, recognizing visual components and social connections. Visual journalists should be skilled in still photography and video, Producers should be facile with production software and know the basics of news storytelling through video. All must have a sense of urgency, and Real Time reporters should couple that immediacy with an understanding of the wide range of audience interests. Opinion positions require an ability to edit letters and write with a point of view.
All should understand social networking, keep up with news, aspire to connect with audience and learn how to build coverage with audience wants and needs in mind.
All interns are expected to fill a variety of shifts in the newsroom and must attend and participate in Friday luncheons with expert speakers who provide insights into careers in journalism.
These are staff positions in the newsroom, where we expect interns to produce while learning. All are paid a minimum of $12/hour, 37.5 hours per week.
Reporting and Visual interns are trained in use of equipment, procedures and fire coverage.
We will work with you to secure external funding to supplement salary. The Sacramento Bee partners with AAJA, NAHJ, Yale, Stanford, CNPA, and the Sacramento Press Club, among others, to help interns obtain funding. We also provide the organizations evaluations and assessments of interns’ performance should they be required for the funding and/or school credit.
Internships for those who graduated can be tryouts for full-time positions with The Sacramento Bee or other McClatchy properties.