Wanted: Spring 2012 Journalism Interns!

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Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Calling all journalism students! The Houston Press is recruiting undergraduate journalism and communications students for its Spring 2012 internship program.

By "student," we do not mean "a student of life;" we mean "currently enrolled in college student." There's no cash offered with this gig, only college credits. Don't bother applying if this doesn't apply to you.

Still interested? Read on!

Interns work directly with Houston Press editors. The editors will provide critiques on your work, but not lessons on how to write a sentence. Depending on skills and interests, interns cover pop culture, music, art, gaming, fashion, film, television, dance, celebrity news, politics, sports and trends.

In general, applicants should have completed some coursework in journalism or communications (other majors are acceptable with proven writing experience). The most important thing is that you can write, that you can tell an interesting, accurate story.

Beyond that, you should know something about the area you'd like to cover. You should also understand the importance of deadlines and know your way around a point-and-shoot digital camera. Being bilingual and over 21-years-old is a plus for music reporters, but not a requirement.

It's important that interns have people skills. So if the thought of asking a stranger a question makes you want to crawl back into your cave, this might not be the job for you. This is a really fun gig, but it's also lots of work. We require a commitment of 12 to 15 hours a week (depending on your school). Reliable transportation is a must.

To apply, send a résumé and links/samples to olivia.alvarez[at]houstonpress.com. Please include "Spring 2012 Journalism Internship" in the subject line.

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