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General Information

When internships are offered

Internships are made available to coincide with the general academic periods of spring, summer, and fall. Since all schools do not begin and end their terms on the same dates, the Daily Herald does not set ending and starting dates for its internships. The internship application allows the applicant to state what his/her preferred starting and ending dates are, and the Daily Herald will work with those dates. Generally, internships are unpaid.

Who is eligible to apply

The internship program is designed for current college students. It is likely that upper-class students will more likely meet the requirements necessary to apply, i.e. have taken certain classes or worked on the school newspaper.

College graduates

Though recent college graduates may apply, preference in selecting interns will be given to current students. It is presumed that the likelihood of a college graduate obtaining an internship is greater in the fall or spring, when fewer current students seek internships.

High school students

At this time, we do not have a program in place that provides opportunities to high school students or recent high school graduates.

Qualifications not met at the time of application, but by start of internship

Students can apply prior to meeting the requirements of any internship if they will be met by the start of the internship. Situations in which a decision deadline prohibits the consideration of a student's future work will put the student at a disadvantage in terms of consideration. If at any time a student better fulfills requirements after an application has been submitted but before a decision has been made, he/she is encouraged to submit additional information.

Hosting / living arrangements

Interns seeking living arrangements are encouraged to consult apartment services and newspaper listings, as well as local colleges with housing programs. Living arrangements with Daily Herald staff may also be pursued upon request. Especially for our summer program, preference may be given to applicants who live in the Daily Herald footprint, as it eliminates housing issues.

If interested, please read appropriate internship description and complete the on-line application.

Deadlines

Internship
Period
Application
Deadline
Notification
Deadline
Spring December 15 January 15
Summer February 15 April 1
Fall May 30 July 15

Interactive Content Producer Internship
Objective:
The goal of Paddock Publications' Interactive internship program is to provide challenging and enriching experience for journalism students dedicated to digital media. Interns will develop a working knowledge of content and placement editors, graphic design, basic HTML, multimedia production and Web analytics programs, as well as excellent news and editing judgment.

Qualifications necessary to apply:
Candidates should have knowledge of reporting, PhotoShop, HTML and online content management systems. Experience with social media, web analyitcs, graphic design, mutlimedia production or CSS are pluses. Candidates should have at least one year of experience (college-level is fine).

Description:
Interns will work closely with our award-winning staff to update all of Paddock Publications digital media, primarily DailyHerald.com, including helping to manage content for the home page and main index pages (sports, business, entertainment, lifetsyle). This will involve monitoring our competition and quickly navigating multiple content sources, identifying the right stories for our audience, writing engaging headlines to our standards, packaging links, photos or multimedia, and designing promo images that fit with the atmosphere of the site. Along with Web duties, interns will be expected to spend one week on the early morning (6 a.m. to 11 a.m.) reporting shift writing mostly (but not limited to) crime-related items.

This position will be most likely based out of our Arlington Heights corporate office. Work hours may consist of second shift and/or weekend hours. Length of internship and starting and ending dates are flexible based on the needs of the intern. Offer of internship is contingent upon candidate passing a drug test.

Interested:
Please complete and return an application. Also be sure to include two copies each of a cover letter and resume. Information may be sent to:

Daily Herald
Attention: HR-Intern Program
P.O. Box 280
Arlington Heights, IL 60006

Fax: (847) 427-1270
E-mail: internships@dailyherald.com

If you are interested, downlond the application [Word file].

Graphic Arts Internship
Objective:
This internship is intended to give an intern practical, hands-on experience in the areas of deadline news, graphics, and maps. This person will work with editors, reporters, and artists to produce color or black-and-white informational graphics and maps related to the topics of the day. Opportunities for wider-reaching projects, such as non-deadline-related news or sports features, will be available. We are an award-winning daily that provides coverage of state, national, and international events, but puts a premium on local news. Interns will have the opportunity to work with a driven staff of professionals in one of the most competitive newspaper markets in the country.

Qualifications necessary to apply:
Knowledge of Macromedia Freehand or Adobe Illustrator required; knowledge of Quark Xpress or Adobe Photoshop a plus. Candidates should have at least one year of publication experience (college-level newspaper or magazines is fine). Applicants should have the skill and creativity to create visual elements and use text and photos to produce effective graphics and maps.

Materials necessary to apply:

Cover letter - 2 copies
Resume - 2 copies
Application - 2 copies
Portfolio of work - include self-addressed stamped envelope if return of portfolio is desired.

Description:
Intern will work closely with our award-winning staff of artists on a daily basis to provide informational graphics and maps to compliment locally produced and sometimes, national or international stories. The Daily Herald is committed to the use of graphics and maps to enhance our coverage.

Our workday can run the gamut from small maps of real estate developments to sports-related statistics to examining how much local communities spend on travel budgets. Our newspaper also dedicates resources to examining issues of the day such as the explosive growth and influence the suburbs have on Chicago. In all these cases, the art staff must be prepared to take and quickly understand information from the news staff and find or advise on the best visual presentation of the data. Innovation within the overall Daily Herald style is encouraged.

We use Macromedia Freehand and Adobe Photoshop extensively. All art is fully paginated in a Quark Xpress-based system and printed directly to negative for the best possible quality.

This position will be most likely based out of our Arlington Heights corporate office. Work hours may consist of second shift and/or weekend hours. Length of internship and starting and ending dates are flexible based on the needs of the intern. Offer of internship is contingent upon candidate passing a drug test.

Interested:
Please complete and return an application. Also be sure to include two copies each of a cover letter and resume. Information may be sent to:

Daily Herald
Attention: HR-Intern Program
P.O. Box 280
Arlington Heights, IL 60006

Fax: (847) 427-1270
E-mail: internships@dailyherald.com

If you are interested, downlond the application [Word file].

Photojournalism Internship
Objective:
•  To provide the opportunity to photograph a wide range of assignments, including, but not limited to:

News
Features
Prep Sports
Pro Sports
Advertising
Studio Work

• To instruct the intern in the use of Adobe Photoshop and related processes in regard to daily newspaper needs.
• To provide an environment that will challenge creativity, initiative, and photographic excellence.

Qualifications necessary to apply:
Second year or later photojournalism student. Basic working photographic equipment (submit a list of personal equipment with application).

Materials necessary to apply:

Cover letter - 2 copies
Resume - 2 copies
Clippings or prints of student's work
20 slide or CD portfolio - include self-addressed stamped envelope if return of portfolio is desired.
Equipment list as described above
Application - 2 copies

Description:
This intern position offers the availability for the student to cover a wide range of newspaper related assignments. The environment requires a high level of interest coupled with an equally high desire to succeed. Feedback and editing will be provided by supervisors and staff.

Some night work will be required. The ratio of night to day work and days worked are subject to change. The schedule will be determined by the supervisor.

The intern will provide reliable transportation and will be reimbursed our standard rate for business travel. Travel to and from work is not reimbursable.

Paddock Publications will cover the cost for repair of intern supplied photographic equipment in use while on the job. The intern will have access to department equipment as needed during the term of the internship.

We require our photographers to present an appearance that conforms to a standard of neatness of dress and demeanor. This requires the intern to dress appropriately for the needs of the business and the needs of the assignment.

An intern can expect a workload between 3 and 5 assignments per shift. He or she is expected to adhere to deadlines set for each assignment photographed.

We require that an intern initiate a minimum of one self-generated photographic essay or story exhibiting the quality required for use in the pages of the Daily Herald.

This position may be based out of any of our suburban offices, as determined according to operational needs. Work hours may consist of second shift and/or weekend hours. Interns are not eligible for company benefits. Length of internship and starting and ending dates are flexible based on the needs of the intern. Offer of internship is contingent upon candidate passing a drug test.

Interested:
Please complete and return two copies each of an application, cover letter and resume. Information may be sent to:

Daily Herald
Attention: HR-Intern Program
P.O. Box 280
Arlington Heights, IL 60006

Fax: (847) 427-1270
E-mail: internships@dailyherald.com

If you are interested, downlond the application [Word file].

Copy Editing Internship
Objective:
The internship is designed to give an intern hands-on experience of copy editing at a daily newspaper. He/she will edit copy, write headlines, and design and paginate pages under deadline conditions for various news sections of the Daily Herald.

Qualifications necessary to apply:
Applicant must have worked at least one semester on a college newspaper staff or in another newspaper internship. He/she must have also taken courses in journalism basics, copy editing, headline writing, page design (or pagination), journalism law, and libel. Must have knowledge of Associated Press style. Experience in Quark Xpress (PC) and Windows-based word processing software preferred.

Materials necessary to apply:
In addition to a resume and cover letter, applicant should supply samples of published page layouts and headlines, as well as samples of edited copy. Applicant may submit classroom laboratory work, but published material is preferred. Finalists will be required to take the Daily Herald copy editing test.

Description:
The intern will become an integral part of the Daily Herald copy desk operation. He/she will edit copy for grammar, syntax, punctuation, libel, and fact. Intern will work with reporters and copy editors to rewrite stories for clarity and conciseness. He/she will write headlines and photo captions under deadline conditions. Intern will also become involved in the design and pagination of news and feature pages. Intern will work with a senior copy editor to learn the concept of zoning for community news.

This position may be based out of any of our suburban offices, as determined according to operational needs. Work hours may consist of second shift and/or weekend hours. If location and/or work schedule is an important consideration to applying, please explain on application. Length of internship and starting and ending dates are flexible based on the needs of the intern. Offer of internship is contingent upon candidate passing a drug test.

Interested:
Please complete and return 2 copies each of an application, cover letter and resume. Information may be sent to:

Daily Herald
Attention: HR-Intern Program
P.O. Box 280
Arlington Heights, IL 60006

Fax: (847) 427-1270
E-mail: internships@dailyherald.com

If you are interested, downlond the application [Word file].

Advertising Sales Internship
Objective:
Interns will gain hands-on experience in working at a major newspaper, will work with experienced advertising sales professionals, and will have the opportunity to see and learn the business realities of sustaining a daily newspaper in a competitive and major marketplace.

Responsibilities:
This person will work closely with sales executives to generate new business. Duties will include phone contact, outside sales calls, and project work.

Requirements:
The ideal internship applicant will be a current college student majoring in marketing or other business field, or work in a similar capacity for college newspaper. The hired intern must be able to express him/herself well on the phone and in person, and be able to apply marketing principles to assist potential advertisers in maximizing advertising dollars and exposure to targeted readership demographics. Interns must dress in a manner appropriate for business.

Description:
This position may be based out of any of our suburban offices, as determined according to operational needs. The intern must have reliable transportation as travel between offices or to client locations may be necessary for assigned project work. Such travel will be reimbursed at our standard rate for mileage for business travel. Travel to and from work is not reimbursable. Work hours may consist of second shift and/or weekend hours. If location or work schedule is an important consideration to applying, please explain on application. Offer of internship is contingent upon candidate passing a drug test.

Materials necessary to apply:

Cover letter - 2 copies
Resume - 2 copies
Application - 2 copies

Information may be sent to:

Daily Herald
Attention: HR-Intern Program
P.O. Box 280
Arlington Heights, IL 60006

Fax: (847) 427-1270
E-mail: internships@dailyherald.com

If you are interested, downlond the application [Word file].

Reporter Internship
Objective:
These internships are designed to give interns hands-on experience in reporting and writing at a daily newspaper in a competitive and major market. Interns will be assigned to a specific coverage area and will be responsible for developing and writing timely stories that report the news from the beat and reflect the coverage area they serve.

Qualifications necessary to apply:
Applicants should be pursuing a four-year liberal arts degree with a major in journalism, English, or a related field. Priority will be given to applicants who have worked at least one semester on a college newspaper and/or completed a previous internship at a daily newspaper. Applicants also must have taken courses in journalism basics, reporting techniques, journalism law, and libel. Basic knowledge of government and/or public affairs a plus. Must have knowledge of Associated Press style. Experience with Microsoft-based software is a plus.

Materials necessary to apply:
Along with a resume and cover letter, applicants should submit no less than 3 and no more than 5 writing samples for review. Applicants may submit classroom laboratory work, but published material is preferred. Finalists will be required to take the Daily Herald reporting test.

Description:
Interns will become an integral part of the Daily Herald reporting staff. They will work with editors to determine types of stories to be covered and establish deadlines. Interns will be held to the standards of accuracy, fairness, and deadlines maintained by the newspaper. Interns will be responsible for making contacts and establishing sources during their term, and will be expected to develop enterprise stories that are of interest to the community. Interns will also be held responsible for providing news from their beat before other media. Work schedule will involve covering events at night and on weekends.

The intern will provide reliable transportation as travel to various locations may be necessary for assigned project work. Such travel will be reimbursed at our standard rate for mileage for business travel. Travel to and from work is not reimbursable.

The positions may be based at our main office in Arlington Heights or in our bureau offices as determined according to operational needs. If location and/or work schedule is an important consideration to applying, please explain in application. Length of internship and starting and ending dates are flexible based on the needs of the intern. Offer of internship is contingent upon the candidate passing a drug test.

Interested:
Please complete and return 2 copies each of an application, cover letter and resume. Information may be sent to:

Daily Herald
Attention: HR-Intern Program
P.O. Box 280
Arlington Heights, IL 60006

Fax: (847) 427-1270
E-mail: internships@dailyherald.com

If you are interested, downlond the application [Word file].

Human Resources Internship -
Objective:
This internship is intended to give a student practical, hands-on experience in the area of human resources. This person will assist HR personnel on various projects and will have the opportunity to see and learn the business realities of sustaining a daily newspaper in a competitive and major marketplace.

Responsibilities:
This person will work closely with HR professionals to handle daily tasks as well as assist in accomplishing long-term projects. Intern will be able to work closely with HR specialists in areas such as: recruitment, benefits/compensation, employee relations, and training. Specific duties will depend on departmental needs as well as the intern's interests.

Qualifications necessary to apply:
The ideal internship applicant will be a junior or senior in college, majoring in human resources or other related business field. The hired intern must be able to express him/herself well on the telephone and in person and should be skilled in the use of PC computer programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel.

Materials necessary to apply:

Cover letter - 2 copies
Resume - 2 copies
Application - 2 copies

Description:
This position will be based out of our Arlington Heights office. Work hours will typically be Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. for a full-time intern. We would also consider a part-time intern to work between 15 and 35 hours a week during the same time frame. Interns are not eligible for company benefits. Length of internship and starting and ending dates are flexible based on the needs of the intern. Offer of internship is contingent upon candidate passing a drug test.

Interested:
Please complete and return 2 copies each of an application, cover letter and resume. Information may be sent to:

Daily Herald
Attention: HR-Intern Program
P.O. Box 280
Arlington Heights, IL 60006

Fax: (847) 427-1270
E-mail: internships@dailyherald.com

Internship

Objective: Our sister publication, Reflejos, a bilingual newspaper, is looking for editorial interns for a 12-week unpaid internship.

Responsibilities: Duties include writing informational news briefs and entertainment listings in English and Spanish on a weekly basis, writing entertainment listings (including new releases) for Mango, the monthly entertainment section of Reflejos, and news articles as assigned by editors.

Qualifications necessary to apply: Requirements include journalism courses including news writing; bilingual English-Spanish. Qualified applicants may be asked to take a reporting and translating test.

Materials necessary to apply:

Cover letter - 2 copies
Resume - 2 copies
Application - 2 copies
3 writing samples -- published samples preferred

Description: Interns can work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (two days is OK), 12 hours minimum.

Interested: Please complete and return 2 copies each of an application, cover letter and resume. Information may be sent to:

Daily Herald
Attention: HR-Intern Program
P.O. Box 280
Arlington Heights, IL 60006

Fax: (847) 427-1270
E-mail: internships@dailyherald.com

If you are interested, downlond the application [Word file].
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