About Metro Times
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How many editorial interns are there?
We love interns. But because our office space is limited, we can accommodate only a few interns per semester.
How long do internships last?
Typically, internships run on a three-trimester schedule, roughly lasting the duration of a school semester (Fall-Winter is September-December, Winter-Spring is January-April, Summer is May-August). However, we have at times made other arrangements when it is beneficial to both us and the intern.
How many hours do interns work?
We ask interns to work 12-15 hours a week, which is usually the amount of time required if they are earning college credit. These hours should preferably be done over the course of two days, i.e. Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday, so we can have some sort of consistent schedule.
What does the internship pay?
This is an unpaid internship.
What about college credit?
If you're enrolled in a college that has an internship program, we are happy to cooperate with its needs in order to help you earn college credit for your experience here. Contact your school's internship coordinator or supervisor for more details.
What can I expect to learn?
That's up to you. We're a working newspaper, not a classroom, so we expect interns to be self-motivated with their time here. At the beginning of your internship, we'll ask you to write a brief outline of what you hope to learn - whether it's how to write a news story or how to program a web page, how a newspaper works or how to edit copy — and then we'll help you along toward that goal. At the end of your internship, you'll be writing a summary/critique of your experiences here.
What kind of computer systems do you have? What kinds of software do you use?
Some of them are PC, some of them are Apple. Most of them aren't state-of-the-art, but they usually work pretty well. We use Microsoft Word in the editorial department for all our original stories. We recommend that interns bring their own laptops.
How does your email system work?
For the most part, a Metro Times email address is the first initial and last name of the person to whom you are writing, followed by @metrotimes.com. If you wanted to send an email to the internship coordinator, it would go to email@example.com.
Do you need a photography intern?
Yes, if you would like a photography internship, please send a resume and portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I apply?
Send in a cover letter stating your interest in an editorial internship, along with a copy of your résumé and three samples of your writing. We'd prefer at least a few samples of journalistic writing that prove you can write in a crisp, readable newsy style, but you may include other types of writing as well. It needn’t have been published. Keep in mind, however, that we are a newspaper that prides itself on being in touch with the community. We want to see your writing about the world around you; navel-gazing ramblings belong in your diary, not in our paper. Your résumé must include at least three references; they will be checked. We'll contact you if we want you to come in for an interview. Our address is 30. E Canfield, Detroit, MI, 48201. Our office number is 313-961-4060; our fax number is 313-961-6598. Mark the materials to the attention of Lee DeVito. You may fax the editorial stuff or include it as an attachment of an e-mail (sent to email@example.com). Please do not send online links to your materials, attach your word files directly to the e-mail.)
Once you're here ...
The first thing:
We'll need some information from you. Please prepare a statement of your learning goals for this internship. Include your name, address, and phone number, and Social Security number. We also need an emergency contact number (generally, your parents) and — should you be driving to work — the license number, make and model of your car. We’ll also have some human-resources paperwork for you to fill out.
What should I wear?
Whatever you're comfortable wearing in a casual office environment. Follow the example of those around you.
What about lunch?
Bring your lunch if you like — Metro Times has a fridge, a pop machine, a snack machine, and a microwave in the kitchen.
What am I going to have to do?
Interns play a crucial role in keeping information flowing and organized. Expect to do some filing, data entry, and junk sorting as part of your internship. You'll probably make a lot of phone calls too. Also expect that you'll have time to work toward your stated learning goals. We won't ask you to make coffee, though — that's already provided. Beyond that, we don't often give interns assignments. If you want to get published in Metro Times, you'll have to come up with story ideas, pitch them to us and convince us that they're worth putting into the paper. The more ideas you can generate, the better you will like your time here, and the better we will like you. We'll even give you a chance to do a cover story, if you're good enough and motivated enough to pull it off. If you'd rather be told what to do all day long, perhaps you should apply somewhere else .
How do I represent myself?
When you're making calls on behalf of Metro Times, tell the person you're calling your first and last name, and that you're an editorial intern for Metro Times. Give them a brief description of what you're working on (i.e. Compiling information for a guide, checking facts for our web site, whatever) and then ask for the information you need. Be clear and polite. Thank them when you have finished. If you need to leave a message, they can return your call at 313-961-4060, and ask to have you paged.
Who will supervise me?
Lee DeVito is the intern application coordinator. His telephone number is 313-202-8011. As for supervision once you’re aboard, you will be asked to help out in more than one department, in which case that department's editor will also take some responsibility for your well-being.
What about smoking?
Metro Times is a smoke-free environment. The smoking pit is outside the back door.
Where do I sit?
You're welcome to sidle up any old place. You will also be asked to bring your own laptop to work on, as there are not enough computers for interns to use. Understand that you're sharing space with other interns, so be considerate — don't leave gross dishes there.
Where do I park?
In the parking lot on Canfield.
What if I'm sick? What if I have an exam?
Let us know. Tell us in advance if you have something scheduled, or give your supervising editor a phone call first thing in the morning if you're sick. We like to be able to count on our interns when they're here, and to count on them calling when they're not.
What is swag?
Swag is all the stuff (review copies of books and CDs, promotional T-shirts, product samples, you name it) that we receive from record companies, publishers and movie promoters, among other sources. Feel welcome to browse. It's free. Take it. Please. On the other hand, please don't take books/CDs/whatever from someone's desk without their permission — they might be needing these items for reviews.
When does my internship end?
If you're a student, your internship will end on your last day of classes for the term. If you're not a student, your internship will end on the four-month anniversary of the first day you worked (i.e., if you started on May 4, Sept. 4 would be your last day). Other arrangements may be made if you're doing an accelerated internship, but this must be worked out with your supervisor in advance.
Can I still come into the Metro Times offices after my internship is over?
Of course. We especially welcome freelance pitches from former interns. However, please remember that this is a working environment. Our intern workstations are meant to be used by current interns, and we'd prefer to keep the social visits outside of the office.