Arts Criticism Internships - Summer 2021, The Wall Street Journal - NY

Dow Jones
New York
Paid Internship
Nov 04, 2020
Dec 19, 2020
Job Type
Full Time

The Wall Street Journal's Arts in Review section is seeking aspiring journalists-juniors, seniors or recent graduates with reporting and writing backgrounds at their school newspapers or elsewhere-for a 10-week paid summer internship.

The internship is an opportunity to get hands-on experience working alongside some of the best opinion writers and editors in the world.

Our internships-formally, the Bartley Fellowships-honor our section's former editor, Robert L. (Bob) Bartley. Opportunities will be awarded to young thinkers and writers who intend to pursue a career in journalism or cultural criticism.

The Arts interns are among several fellows selected each year through an application process that is overseen by senior editors.

Bartley Fellows will be assigned to a department within the Opinion section-Arts in Review; Book Reviews; or Features (Op-Eds and Columns). The fellow(s) selected to work with the Arts team will assist in commissioning reviews, researching, fact-checking and editing content for the print and digital editions of the Journal, contributing to social media and digital production, and will be encouraged to submit their own ideas for exhibitions or other cultural events to review.

They may also submit ideas for articles or projects to editors in any part of the Opinion section.

Internships are paid, and generally take place during June, July and August, though start dates can be flexible. Due to the fluidity of the current health situation, the internships may be conducted using a fully remote or blended work model.

Although in-person mentorship is most desirable, the internships will only be conducted from our New York office if it is safe to do so based on local circumstances.

Guidelines and Application Deadline

Though a reporting and/or writing background is a plus, the fellowship is primarily an editing internship. Therefore applicants should have experience editing arts or arts-related copy for their college newspaper, literary magazine, or a comparable publication.

Students from any discipline may apply, but preference will be granted to those concentrating in literature, history, a foreign language, classics, pre-law, music, theater, art history, studio art, architecture, philosophy, political science or archaeology-via coursework (though not necessarily a major) or sustained leisure-time activity.

An appreciation for both the Western and non-Western canons is desirable, as is an understanding of current issues in the arts.

A demonstrated ability to multitask and meet daily deadlines is critical for success, as is attention to detail and a focus on accuracy. Applicants should be familiar with technology as it relates to journalism. Social media experience with a publication or brand would be a plus.

Applicants who are able to demonstrate familiarity with our section's content will be especially attractive (student applicants without campus-wide access to the WSJ can purchase discounted subscriptions here).

If you'd like to be considered, please click 'APPLY' and submit the following in one single, complete PDF file:

  • A cover letter
  • Your resume
  • Links to or cited full text of your best clips
  • Your response to the following prompt in no more than 600 words:
    • Write a "Masterpiece" column. In these essays that appear every Saturday, a writer discusses a single work of art (painting, book, film, etc.) and explains why, in their view, it is of surpassing cultural significance. (Examples:

All materials must be received by December 13, 2020. Only complete applications will be considered. Only applicants who are selected for final consideration will be interviewed. We endeavor to make selections by the end of January.

About Arts in Review at The Wall Street Journal

Criticism of the arts are recognized at the Journal as Editorial Page functions, and as such operate under the umbrella of the Opinion section.

Like the rest of the Opinion section, in our Arts reviews we believe in rendering clear, independent judgments that are as well argued as they are deeply informed.

In its Arts reviews, the Journal covers the full spectrum, from high art to TV, movies, theater and the many forms of popular music.

Our approach is strictly art-for-art's-sake: We review things because they are intrinsically interesting, not to fulfill a quota. We believe in the past and its traditions, but are keenly interested in the new-not in novelty for its own sake but in the ways those traditions are being extended and new ones invented. And we prize above all a lively, lucid prose style free from jargon of all kinds.

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