Editorial Intern

High Country News

Salary: We provide free housing and a $170-per-week stipend. To help defray moving costs, an additional $500 travel stipend is available.Duration of Position: 6 monthsWork Schedule: Full Time


High Country News is looking for informed and enthusiastic interns to report on natural resource, environmental and community issues in the 11 Western states.

High Country News, published twice-monthly in Paonia, Colo., is a nonprofit newsmagazine "for people who care about the West." The paper reaches 23,000 subscribers — an estimated 60,000 readers — including grassroots activists, public land managers, tribal officials, government policymakers, educators, students and interested citizens.

The Los Angeles Times has written that High Country News is "the most influential environmental journal in the Mountain West," and according to Newsweek, "High Country News is a must for anyone following land use issues west of the 100th meridian." Our hard-hitting coverage has won many major journalism awards during the past few years, including:

* Utne Independent Press Awards for Best Environmental Coverage and for Best Local/Regional Coverage* Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism* George Polk Award* First Person Narrative award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors* Science Journalism Award from the American Association for Advancement of Science* Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism* James V. Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism

Every year, High Country News offers four to six internship positions (depending on whether an intern from the previous session stays on as an editorial fellow), each six months long. Two to three new interns join us each June and January; we provide free housing and a $170-per-week stipend. To help defray moving costs, an additional $500 travel stipend is available. Especially talented interns may have the opportunity to stay on another 6 months as an editorial fellow -- a more writing-intensive position with higher pay.

Our interns are a key part of the HCN team; aside from a few minor tasks such as sorting the mail and answering phones, interns spend most of their time researching, interviewing, writing, and developing content -- both written and multimedia. We pride ourselves on fairness, accuracy and good writing, and we expect no less of our interns.

All interns work with the staff editors to write news stories for the website and for the newsmagazine, ranging in length from 150 to 1,600 words. Depending on their experience and ability, editorial interns may also get the opportunity to write a 4,000 word cover story. Our editing process is rigorous - it is not unusual for a story to see six or eight drafts. Reporting is generally conducted over the phone and the Internet, but we do have money to send each intern out into the field at least once to do on-the-ground reporting.

Our interns go on to become leaders in journalism and politics. They pursue careers as reporters, editors, educators, lawyers, policymakers and freelance writers.


For all of our internship positions, some prior journalism experience and/or education is preferred. We also prefer applicants who are familiar with High Country News and who have lived in the West and are familiar with its environmental and community issues. We strongly encourage Native American, Hispanic, and applicants from other under-represented backgrounds.

Photographic experience and familiarity with audio and visual programs such as Final Cut Pro and Flash, as well as radio or video experience are all pluses.

Application Instructions: 

For application details and deadlines, see http://www.hcn.org/about/internships

Email: sarah@hcn.org

Web site: http://www.hcn.org/

Phone: 970-527-4898