Internships and fellowships

High Country News hires informed and enthusiastic editorial interns and fellows to report on issues of impact for the Western United States. We cover the West through in-depth, inclusive and insightful journalism, reporting from its cities and suburbs to its rural and natural spaces. 

Internships

Every year, High Country News offers internship positions, often six months long, always full-time. Our interns are a key part of the HCN team, developing, reporting and writing stories that matter. As we continue to broaden our coverage of the West, we encourage emerging journalists from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities to apply, to help us tell a more complex, complete story of the West. 

We provide a $1,181.60 bi-weekly stipend for interns who will work remotely from within the Western United States. We offer an additional $100 monthly work-from-home allowance and a one-time signing bonus to help with IT equipment.

Our interns go on to become leaders in journalism and public life. They pursue careers as reporters, editors, educators, lawyers, policymakers and freelance writers. Above all, they learn to report with depth and nuance on the issues of critical importance to the Western U.S. and the national conversation.

The internship requires established reporting and writing skills and an interest in covering the modern West.

Upcoming start dates and application deadlines are as follows. Applications must be received in our office by the deadline date.

Summer/Fall 2022

Starts July 
Ends December
(Applications must be received by March 31)

Applicants should send an email with attached cover letter, résumé, contact information for three references (phone and email), and three writing samples (plus multimedia samples, if applicable) to: [email protected]Please be sure to include “internship application” in the subject line.

If emailing an application is not an option, candidates may also mail their materials to:

Western Colorado University/ ATTN High Country News
Gretchen King
Kelley Hall
600 N. Adams Street
Gunnison, CO 81231

Please email [email protected] for further information.

Fellowships

We often offer fellowships for early career journalists to further their skills and build their clips. 

Climate Justice Fellowship
Sponsored by the Society for Environmental Journalists, the Climate Justice Fellowship offers a new generation of journalists the opportunity to explore the disparate impacts of climate change and communities’ response to them. The six-month fellowship receives mentorship, real-world opportunities and networking, and adds missing rungs on the career ladder for early-career journalists interested in reporting on climate change and environmental justice. The fellowship is open to multimedia and visual journalists as well as writers.

Working hours are flexible but fellows should expect to work between 30 and 35 hours each week. Fellows are paid a stipend on a bi-weekly basis of $1,187.25, which includes a work-from-home allowance. Support with IT equipment is also provided.

Check back for details and application details.

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