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Summer 2021 Photojournalism Internship

Every year, The Seattle Times offers a series of paid summer internships to outstanding students eager to build a career in journalism. For 10 weeks, our interns have the privilege to work closely with members of our Pulitzer Prize-winning staff members on a variety of real-world assignments as employees of our established, renowned metropolitan newspaper and website. Next summer, you could be paid to train in your chosen profession at the Northwest’s leading daily news media organization.

With the state of the industry given the impact of Covid-19, we expect internships to be remote given that you will not be required to work in our offices. However, for the Photojournalism internship, we are asking you to be available for fieldwork in the Seattle area. Internships are only available to current college students, including graduating Seniors, attending a four-year college or university, as well as graduate students. Applicants must be journalism majors or have a demonstrated commitment to print or online journalism, possess social media skills, and be digitally astute. Internship experience at other news organizations is strongly preferred. 

If you meet most but not all of the qualifications listed, you may still be a candidate for this position. We encourage you to showcase any additional skills and unique experience as it relates to the role and its objectives. We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. Strong preference is given to those applicants who specifically demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the importance of diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences in newsrooms.

Please note that while the majority of our internships for Summer 2021 specifically require you to be a temporary or permanent resident of Washington or Oregon, this residency requirement does not apply for this internship.



  • Provide a link to your online portfolio containing 20–30 images that include news, features, portraits, sports, at least one photo story and an example of video work.
  • Applicants must have a personal vehicle and photo equipment.
  • Applicant must be willing and able to move to the Seattle area for fieldwork during the course of their internship.
  • Must be 18 or older.



  • As a paid position, this internship pays $16.39 per hour. Note this is subject to change depending on the legal minimum wage for Seattle in 2021.


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  1. Complete and submit your application below. We will only accept applications submitted through this page – applications mailed via USPS, as well as emails and calls, will not be considered.
  2. When attaching your resume and cover letter, please use the following naming convention: Internship-Document-ApplicantName. Example: Photo-CoverLetter-JohnDoe.
  3. Submit three references familiar with your work (with at least one reference being a current or former manager or supervisor).
  4. Provide a link to your online portfolio containing 20–30 images that include news, features, portraits, sports, at least one photo story and an example of video work. Please collect any content and include this as one file, with any associated links included being accessible and not behind a paywall. Any attachments over 10 MB cannot be accepted. Check your file size before submitting.
  5. Deadline: submit your application package by Friday, November 13th, 2020 at 4 p.m. PST.
  6. Confirmation: You will be notified once your application has been received. Please note: You will not receive a confirmation email if your file size exceeds this limit.
  7. Please do not follow up about your application. We will notify all applicants about our decision after the deadline, which may take up to six weeks in rare cases.


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