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MLB.com internships for 2012

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Bill Hill, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. Bill Hill

    Bill Hill New Member

    Want an exciting summer covering Major League Baseball? MLB.com offers 30 reporting internships to aspiring sportswriters. These internships are designed to give associates the full range of experiences that come with covering a professional team. Each associate will work closely with a site reporter to give visitors to a team’s Web site all the information they need to follow the team from Opening Day to season’s end. Each Major League team will have one associate.

    Students who are currently juniors or seniors, as well as graduate students, are eligible for our 2012 Summer Internship Program. If you are graduating in December 2011, you are still eligible. All applications must be postmarked by Nov. 30, 2011. We will make our selections by the end of January.

    We expect each intern to spend a minimum of 10 weeks in the program, dates determined by a person’s college schedule. The more flexible an applicant is in terms of which Major League city he or she can work in, the better the person’s chances of being selected. Interns will be paid $500 per week.

    Applicants should submit a resume, 5 to 10 published articles, a list of references and a 750-word essay on why MLB.com should select you? Your clips ideally will show a variety of work, including game stories, previews and features. Previous experience covering a beat is preferred.

    Associates are responsible for arranging their own housing and transportation.

    Please mail all internship applications to:

    Bill Hill
    Assistant Managing Editor/MLB.com
    Major League Baseball/Western Operations
    2415 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. 850
    Phoenix, AZ 85016

    If you have any questions, please contact Bill Hill at bill.hill@MLB.com and put the words “Internship Info” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
  2. The one thing that jumped out at me is that the applications have to be mailed. To Arizona. In 2011.

    An application to work at an online site.

    Oh well...

    That said, I'm glad MLB is back to paying interns. And I've heard it's a rewarding experience.
  3. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Any place that accepts email resumes/clip packets is simply asking to be bombarded, particularly in the case of internships, where any and every journalism student is told to apply to any and every internship, particularly those that pay. You'll get way fewer applicants, and those applicants will be more serious, by demanding snail mail.

    Also, they paid interns last year, as well; 2009 was the only year they didn't.
  4. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    They started this internship program 2 years after I graduated. I would've killed to get one of these internships.

    I know a lot of people who have done it and haven't heard a bad thing about the experience. Good luck.
  5. aholla3

    aholla3 New Member

    Anyone going to apply? I'm a junior at Ohio State, write for OSU's paper, wondering who else is appling/ what their qualifications are.
  6. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I'm pretty sure there will be people applying, aholla3. Don't worry about anyone else, just send your best kick-ass packet.
  7. fleishman

    fleishman Active Member

    you should definitely apply. I would have applied if they had this when I was of college age. Some of the recent interns I've known have gone on to major papers or have stayed within mlb.com
  8. BravesFan10

    BravesFan10 New Member

    Does it matter when a person can start? Like, could I start in August? I'm not graduating until after I take a summer class nex year, but I'd really like to try to take advantage of this opportunity. Or could I do a few weeks prior to my summer class and a few after I finish it?
  9. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    You'd have to be available on their terms - and this isn't a knock but advice: Don't apply as BravesFan10. I assume you have an email that reflects your real name.
  10. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    For sure. They pay these interns more than some place are paying full-time employees.
  11. aholla3

    aholla3 New Member

    Anyone on here have an idea on what the MLB values the most when looking at the clips/essay?
  12. ataube

    ataube New Member

    Definitely include a clips index with your packet that explains why you included each clip and what you think that clip shows about your skill set. Be sure to highlight a variety of different skills, but keep in mind they are looking to see first and foremost that you can cover a beat.

    For anyone interested, I recently finished my stint as the Mets associate reporter and would be happy to answer any questions via DM.
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