South Bend Tribune

South Bend Tribune

Our Staple and Our Plum: South Bend Tribune Internships

One of the most popular internships for English majors and minors is with The South Bend Tribune. Students write bylined stories and acquire portfolios with professional printed publications.

The Tribune offers both academic-year internships for college credit and summer internships which are paid.

Interns work 40 hours a week as reporters (news, features, and business), photographers, or page designers/graphics assistants. Stipends begin at $400 a week.

The selection process is highly competitive. More than 200 applicants sometimes apply. The students hired usually have had some experience with a college or community newspaper as well as classroom experience in journalism.

Interviews for summer internships occur during December and January with the deadline to apply December 1.

Students receive a real-life perspective on the newspaper business. Tribune interns are treated as professionals. They cover the same types of assignments with the same deadline pressures as permanent staff members. By the end of the summer, interns know exactly what it is like to work for a newspaper.

The main Tribune newsroom is in downtown South Bend, with fully staffed bureaus in nearby counties. The Tribune is a regional morning paper, circulating in nine counties in Indiana and four counties in Michigan. Circulation is about 73,000 daily and 98,000 on Sunday.

Other facts about the summer program:

Interviews are conducted in South Bend.
Interns are notified of hiring in February.
Most of the hiring is based on samples of student work, a cover letter, resume, and copies of clips.
Reporting and photo interns need a reliable car to get to assignments. The Tribune reimburses mileage.
Interns will receive help in locating summer housing.

To apply for a summer internship, mail a current resume and copies of your work by Dec. 1. Include an e-mail address and a telephone number where you can be reached. Be sure to note in the cover letter when you would be available for an interview.

Students can apply for Tribune newsroom internships for academic credit. Interns usually work 10-12 hours per week for three academic credits. Duties are determined by student interest and the newspaper’s needs. Arrangements must be made with The Tribune in conjunction with the student’s academic adviser. Arrangements for an academic internship are made during the prior semester.

The Tribune offers full-time paid photo internships throughout the year.

The Tribune offers full-time paid sports reporting internships each fall. Deadline to apply is the previous February.

Margaret Fosmoe, Intern Coordinator
The South Bend Tribune
225 W. Colfax Ave.
South Bend, IN 46626