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Bridge Michigan is accepting applications for summer 2021 internships

Bridge Michigan, a nonprofit, nonpartisan Michigan-based online news publication, is offering several paid, eight-week internships for summer 2021.

Bridge, with more than 1 million monthly readers, is a four-time Michigan Newspaper of the Year winner and works closely with our nonprofit parent, The Center for Michigan; our independent sister publication, BridgeDetroit; and nonprofits statewide and nationally. We are a growth-minded organization that treasures collaboration, engagement and flexibility and innovative ways of telling good stories.

Bridge seeks students who are considering a career in journalism and have some journalism training in college coursework and/or publications, as well as candidates interested in and have some background in audience development and social media promotion. 

Journalism internships likely will include breaking news reporting, enterprise reporting (both assigned and self-generated ideas), and assisting Bridge’s staff of award-winning journalists. Scope of the work likely will run from data entry, to in-person and telephone interviews, to reporting and writing stories independently and in collaboration with Bridge journalists. Interns should expect to report in a variety of beats, including state government, education, environment, business and health. 

The audience development internship likely will include digital marketing, digital campaign budgeting, analysis of Google Analytics and loyalty metrics, social media promotion and SEO initiatives, in a field that is in high demand across the country. 

Interns will work closely with supervisors on a daily basis and receive frequent feedback in a fast-paced, mission-focused environment, making it a great place for an aspiring journalist to gain experience.

Interns must be based in (and preferably residents of) Michigan. Ideally, work will be conducted both remotely and, assuming health conditions allow, in Bridge’s offices in Lansing and Ann Arbor several days a week. Bridge will also consider applicants who have no ability to commute.

Interns will receive $4,800 over an eight-week period, with the start and end dates negotiable. The internship pays mileage to and from assignments, but does not include a housing stipend.

Bridge is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and clips to Ron French at rfrench@bridgemi.com and Paula Gardner at pgardner@bridgemi.com, with “Bridge internship” in the subject line.

Deadline for applications is Friday, Feb. 5.

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