Internships

High Country News is looking for informed and enthusiastic editorial interns 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. 

Want to join our award-winning editorial team? Every year, High Country News offers six internship positions, each six months long, starting in July and January. We provide a $600 bi-weekly stipend for interns who will work remotely from within the Western United States. We offer an additional $125 bi-weekly work-from-home allowance and a one-time signing bonus to help with IT equipment.

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. 

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.

Winter/Spring

Starts mid-January
Ends mid-June 
(Applications must be received by Nov. 1)

Summer/Fall

Starts mid-July 
Ends mid-December
(Applications must be received by March 15)

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 Associate Editor Paige Blankenbuehler: [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.

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