Join the AFR team: Internships

Are you a punchy writer? A marketing whiz? A master of the Twitterverse? A research geek? Then you’re our kind of people.

American Food Roots is looking for a few good interns to help us tell America’s food stories. We have been called “charming and informative” by The Washington Post, and declared a “new website crush” by the popular cooking blog The Kitchn. We’ve talked half-smokes and horseradish on WAMU radio’s Kojo Nnamdi Show and have stumped a WUSA-9 television host with questions such as, “Which state produces the most milk?” (Hint: it’s not the one you’re thinking of.) We are four veteran journalists dedicated to nurturing the digital generation of our tribe.

Here’s what our interns are saying:

“Interning for American Food Roots was a one-of-a-kind experience for me. Not only did I get to pitch and write my own stories, but I worked directly with the editors themselves who, as mentors, taught me so much. Anyone fortunate enough to become an intern with AFR will relish their time with Bonny Wolf and Michele Kayal.”

— Julie Gilkison, Georgetown University, Master of Professional Studies program

 

Available positions:

 

digital-media-tree Digital Media Internship

American Food Roots is looking for an intern to assist in all aspects of digital publication, including editorial, marketing and social media.

The intern will be offered the opportunity to join a professional editorial team led by seasoned editors, and to help design and execute a marketing and social media strategy.

Each individual internship will be crafted according to the applicant’s particular strengths and interests. Responsibilities might include: writing stories for publication that are grounded in the fundamentals of journalism; pitching AFR stories to other media outlets; helping create partnerships with guest bloggers and other beneficial partners; participating in daily social media outreach and helping develop a long-term social media strategy.

The ideal candidate will:

• Possess strong writing skills and creativity

• Have prior experience in online media

• Be an active participant in social networking

• Thrive in a fast-paced environment

• Bring unbridled enthusiasm

Terms: Credit can be arranged

Location: Washington, D.C. preferable, but not necessary

Duration: Internships are awarded on a rolling basis. A minimum of 15 hours per week is required, much of it remotely.

To Apply: Please send a resume, brief description of your qualifications, list of your social media handles and explanation of your interest in the position to Michele Kayal, assistant managing editor, at Michele@AmericanFoodRoots.com

 

Research intern

Books_of_the_Past-resize Your friends probably think research is boring. But you – and we — know it’s a treasure hunt. American Food Roots relies on research into history and culture to accurately tell the full story of American food from fatback to falafel.

We’re looking for a research intern who gets excited by the prospect of digging through archives at the Library of Congress, unearthing music and photos at the National Archives and finding the tales held in the papers of the Works Progress Administration. Responsibilities would include: working with writers and editors on specific food histories; canvassing print, photo and music archives in support of AFR’s 50 States section; helping establish relationships with state and national research libraries; helping establish regular features based on materials kept in U.S. and state archives.

The ideal candidate will:

• Possess superior research skills

• Have an eye for interesting details

• Be an excellent writer

• Have prior experience translating research findings into a journalism or editorial format

• Thrive in a fast-paced environment

• Meet deadlines, meet deadlines, meet deadlines, meet deadlines

• Be in the process of earning a degree in anthropology, history, library sciences or another related field

• Posses a passion for food or a desire to learn about the subject

• Have excellent knowledge of Microsoft Word, Dropbox, WordPress

• Bring unbridled enthusiasm

The intern will have the opportunity to:

• Be part of a professional editorial team led by seasoned writers and editors

• Work with some of the country’s best librarians and research facilities

• Help design and lead an editorial research program

Terms: Credit can be arranged.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Duration: Internships are awarded on a rolling basis. A minimum of 15 hours per week is required, much of it remotely.

To Apply: Please send a resume, brief description of your qualifications, list of your social media handles and explanation of your interest in the position to Michele Kayal, assistant managing editor, at Michele@AmericanFoodRoots.com

 

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