New partnership supports newsroom diversity through paid editorial internship at Forbes

A partnership between the Newhouse School and Forbes has led to the establishment of a new internship for students in the magazine, news and digital journalism (MND) program.  

The paid editorial internship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, with preference given to students from underrepresented groups. The student will spend 10-12 weeks this summer as a remote intern with the Forbes newsroom.

“We look forward to welcoming a talented Newhouse student this summer, and we are excited to enter into this partnership with the Newhouse School,” says Ali Jackson-Jolley, assistant managing editor at Forbes. “Newsrooms are best when they reflect different backgrounds, voices and points of views. It is only by supporting journalists of color that we can take on the lack of diversity in the media—and more specifically, in the newsroom—that leaves us vulnerable to making decisions while only ever hearing one perspective.” 

The Newhouse student will work in the editorial department as part of a class of prestigious Forbes interns. The interns are assigned to a beat—such as business, education, lifestyle or money—and work closely with an editor throughout the summer, gaining support and mentorship. Interns also take part in weekly presentations from Forbes leadership.  

“This collaboration with Forbes aligns with our goal of creating new opportunities for our students while at the same time elevating diversity among media outlets,” says Newhouse dean Mark J. Lodato. “We hope others will follow.”  

Job responsibilities may include pitching, reporting and writing stories for; conducting research related to rankings lists; creating photo galleries and infographics; fact-checking; managing social media campaigns and social engagement strategies; researching emerging trends and prospective contributors; attending industry events; and collaborating with Forbes staffers on special projects. 

Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and available to work in New York City from June to August. The ideal candidate will have an interest in business and entrepreneurship and an understanding of basic financial terms and figures, plus experience with campus publications or previous internships in journalism.  

Interested students are invited to attend a Zoom presentation with Jackson-Jolley today at 2 p.m. EST.  

To apply, students should submit a resume, three published clips and a cover letter detailing their interest in Forbes, what they can bring to the Forbes newsroom and how their identity/identities have informed their consumption of media and their work as a content creator and journalist.  

Students who plan to apply should notify Jessica Del Fuoco at by Jan. 28. A Google Drive link will be provided for each applicant to upload application materials, which should be submitted to MND chair Melissa Chessher by Feb. 1 at 4:30 p.m.  

MND faculty will review applications and forward three names to Forbes. Virtual interviews may be conducted with the finalists.  

Forbes will announce the final selection Feb. 10.