Internship Opportunities for the National Review Enterprise
About National Review and National Review Institute
Since 1955, National Review has been America’s magazine of record for conservative fact and opinion. NR’s detailed analysis and commentary on news, politics, current events, and culture is delivered across multiple platforms, including print and digital. National Review Institute was founded by William F. Buckley Jr. as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 1991. NRI’s mission is to advance the conservative principles he championed and complement the mission of the magazine, including by supporting and promoting NR’s top talent.
National Review and National Review Institute offer a variety of summer internships specifically geared for students. All internship opportunities are located in our NYC office at 19 West 44th Street. Students may choose to apply to an internship in one of the following areas: writing/editing, publishing, or non-profit programs.
NR‘s Publisher’s Internship for Media Business & Strategy
National Review, the nation’s leading conservative opinion site, is looking for a dynamic, self-motivated individual to fill an internship within the Publisher’s team, focusing on the growth of the business and digital production of the website and magazine. This position will be trained in an array of skill-sets needed to operate a modern publication and have the opportunity to contribute to daily operations, and will prove a fantastic experience for any young, aspiring digital media professional interested in learning from real experiences at a quickly growing print and digital media company. As an intern, you will be given the opportunity to work directly with department leaders within the Publisher’s team, learning how and contributing to research, data organization, and presentation making. In addition to working with these industry professionals, the interns will serve the team that produces and displays NR’s online content. In this capacity, you will learn how to:
– Produce news videos using the Wochit and JW Player platforms.
– Select and edit newsworthy photos for use in stories.
– Use the WordPress CMS to edit and publish articles, as well as curate the visual aspects of the website.
– Apply best SEO practices to content in order to attract organic viewers.
– Archive old issues of National Review for an online database.
You will have the opportunity to apply your newly learned skills on the live National Review website, assisting with the daily flow of content as it transitions from idea to publication. Note: This is not an editorial position. Candidates should be interested in the production side of digital media with an emphasis on political news.
We’re looking for:
– A currently enrolled college student or recent graduate (Class of 2020).
– Proficiency in basic Photoshop (or comparable software).
– The ability to commute to our NYC office at 19 West 44th Street.
– The ability to commit to a minimum of 24 in-office hours per week. (If you are considered for the position, we will work on fitting office hours within your schedule.)
– A strong desire to work with a dedicated team to disseminate conservative thought as broadly as possible.
To Be Eligible for the Internship: Please email a cover letter, resume, and at least two references to [email protected]
NR‘s Editorial Internship | Summer 2021
National Review is accepting applications for its summer editorial internship. Interns will receive a modest stipend, participate in every part of the editorial process, and have opportunities to write. Applicants should have an excellent academic record and some experience in student or professional journalism. If you wish to apply, please send a cover letter explaining your interest, a résumé, and two of your best journalistic writing samples (no more, please), all as PDF or Word files (no links, please), to internship.applications (at) n
NRI Non-Profit Programs Internship | Summer 2021
National Review Institute offers a competitive internship program with openings during the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Internships at NRI provide undergraduate students with hands-on experience in its unique journalistic think tank environment, allowing them to develop a wide array of professional skills and gain valuable experience for future endeavors. Please note that this is not an internship with National Review. Interns’ responsibilities in the past have included, but are not limited to:
– Organizing and growing an extensive archive of photos, film clips, quotations, and significant events in the life of William F. Buckley Jr.;
– Research ranging from general fact and data-finding to in-depth issue-specific projects for NRI programs and individual NRI Fellow’s work;
– Content creation and management for social media;
– Attending and/or watching events and taking notes for NRI Fellows;
– Providing administrative support to staff;
– Contributing to design projects and website maintenance.
We’re looking for:
– A currently enrolled college student or recent graduate (Class of 2021).
– An individual with strong research and writing skills.
– The ability to work full-time for a minimum of 8 weeks at our New York City Office, with remote options possible.
– Interns must be comfortable in a support role to the NRI Fellowship Program and staff.
– Interns should successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously, have a high degree of conscientiousness and excellent organizational skills, and be proficient with basic computer software programs.
– Experience with WordPress, and a familiarity with and interest in the work of WFB, is a plus.
How to Apply: Please email a cover letter (why you & why National Review Institute), resume, unofficial transcripts, and one letter of recommendation to [email protected] by COB on Monday, February 15, 2021.
Former NRI Interns:
“This summer was not what was expected in many ways, but this internship was anything but disappointing, even though I was not in the office. I feel like I got to know several individuals at NRI and NR even though I’ve met most of them only virtually. I gained great work experience in so many ways, but what I was most impressed with was how much was offered to me by NRI, rather than just what I had to offer to you. The virtual lunches, workshops, and invitations to various events were a real treat and show how much you all want us college folk to learn and grow as thinking and acting individuals. It has been such a rich experience.” -Grace Maffucci, Intern | Summer 2020
“Working at NRI was a pleasure as my political interests and intellectual curiosity naturally aligned with an array of activities that directly contributed to NR’s broader mission of championing the conservative cause. Some of my favorite assignments included writing up a summary of an NRI Fellow’s recent book to assist with his nationwide tour, lending a hand at NRI’s stimulating salons in New York, and revisiting past NR articles in my archival work.” -Aidan Adams-Campeau, Intern | 2018-2019
Antonia Sylva interned for NRI in the summer and fall of 2020. “Nia” is a student at Notre Dame majoring in the university’s Program of Liberal Studies with minors in history and journalism, ethics, and democracy (JED). On campus, Nia writes for both The Observer and The Irish Rover (Notre Dame’s Catholic newspaper). She copy edits for The Observer and is the co-editor of the Rover’s campus section. Nia is also involved in Notre Dame’s de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture as a Sorin fellow, and she teaches beginning Latin to 5th grade students through the Aequora program. Last summer, she worked to further develop her Catholic identity and her understanding of the relationship between culture and religion by attending the Catholic Worldview Fellowship.
Justine Smykowski interned for NRI in the summer of 2019. She is a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she is in the honors program studying political science with a minor in human life studies. Justine is involved in Young America’s Foundation (YAF), was part of the “IDEAS” team at the United Nations, and is in student government.
Daniel O’Keefe interned for NRI in the summer of 2019. He is a student at SUNY Binghamton where he studies Philosophy, Politics, and Law (PPL). His first interaction with the Institute was attending Buckley Legacy Project Advisory Committee members Matthew Continetti and Dr. Lee Edwards’ lecture on the Buckley Legacy at YAF’s National Conservative Student Conference (NCSC) in 2018.
Aidan Adams-Campeau interned for NRI throughout the 2018/19 academic year. A student at New York University, Aidan studied interdisciplinary humanities, pursuing a joint major in Anthropology & Classical Civilization as well as a second major in Philosophy. In addition, Aidan is minoring in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. He is highly interested in foreign languages and cultures more broadly. He studied Russian language in St. Petersburg two summers ago and he spent this past summer as a conversational English tutor in Italy. Aidan finds the study of the humanities particularly enriching, and he gravitates toward conservative political philosophy in part due to its emphasis on time-honored wisdom and truths. Aidan greatly admires the eloquence, intelligence, and principled conviction that William F. Buckley Jr. displayed throughout his life, so he was eager and honored to help carry on WFB’s legacy through his work with NRI.
Dominic Conoshenti interned with NRI through the Charles Koch Internship program in the summer of 2017. While working in the NYC office, Dominic spearheaded a social media strategy for NRI, created a digital archive of thousands of photographs from the life of William F. Buckley Jr. and his family, and gained valuable experience archiving pieces from the rich history of National Review magazine. After completing his internship, Dominic returned to George Washington University in Washington, DC where he was able to work with NRI On Campus to bring NRI speakers to his school. About his time with NRI, Dominic wrote “Working at NRI gave me invaluable professional skills and experiences. Through my work I was given the opportunity to rediscover elements of William F. Buckley Jr.’s life through archival research. There is no doubt that what I learned interning at NRI will stick with me for the rest of my college and professional career.”