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Student journalism interns, summer 2021

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.


Website and digital production specialist

Bridge Michigan seeks a Website and Digital Production Specialist. The successful candidate will help shepherd editorial copy and images through our fast-growing website covering Michigan news. You will work closely with editors and other managers, post stories and share them on social media. The ideal candidate has an eye for detail, keen organizational skills and strong knowledge of SEO, basic HTML coding, basic photo editing, posting stories in a CMS (Drupal, ideally) and curating social media platforms. Experience creating graphics and Photoshop are a plus. Shift to run approx. 11am - 7pm, Mon-Fri. This is a salaried, entry-level position with full benefits including medical, dental, vision, short-term disability and paid vacation. 

Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Lansing and Ann Arbor offices are closed, and staff members are working remotely. After the COVID-19 pandemic, the work location will remain flexible.

We are committed to diversity and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities. To apply please send a resume and cover letter to ajones@thecenterformichigan.net with the words “Production Specialist” in the subject line. 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

  • An adventurous technical spirit. Not intimidated by tackling something new.
  • Experience with the back end of a content management system (CMS - Drupal is ideal). Including experience posting stories, photo galleries, and embedding Tweets, YouTube videos, or other forms of media/social media.
  • Familiarity with Google Analytics with ability to run reports.
  • Experience with basic editing of photos in Photoshop or an equivalent program.
  • Knowledge of search engine optimization (SEO).
  • Experience updating professional social media accounts; knowledge of third-party scheduling tools a plus.
  • This position will also involve occasional data entry and customer service outreach on behalf of the organization's individual fundraising (membership) program.

THE BEST CANDIDATE WILL HAVE SOME COMBINATION OF THESE SKILLS

  • Newsroom experience 
  • CMS experience
  • Experience using Google Trends and/or Google Search Console
  • Basic HTML
  • Experience with Facebook Business Manager; particularly building lead generation ads and evaluating boosted posts.
  • Experience building newsletters; preferably with Mailchimp.

Capitol reporter

Bridge Michigan, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization, seeks a Capitol reporter to join our state government, politics and elections team.

We seek candidates with track records of developing deep enterprise; experience covering government, the legislative process and source-building; a knack for investigative reporting; good knowledge of data, public records and campaign finances; a collaborative spirit; ease with juggling breaking news and long-term enterprise; a gift for storytelling; and the ability to distill complex subjects into easy-to-understand articles that resonate at kitchen tables.

Bridge 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.

This full-time position is based in Lansing, but frequent travel throughout Michigan is required. Compensation is competitive. We are committed to diversity and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, clips and references to Bridge Editor David Zeman at dzeman@bridgemi.com and Managing Editor Joel Kurth at jkurth@bridgemi.com. Please put “Capitol reporter” in the email subject line.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

The Center is an equal opportunity employer. We pledge equal opportunity for all our employees and applicants. Consequently, all individual employment decisions will be based on the individual’s qualifications, performance, and effort. The Center does not discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability/handicap, height, weight, marital status, familial status, veteran status, or citizenship. The Center will, however, hire only those individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States.