High School Writing Internships
There are not a lot of high school writing internships officially offered by organizations. There are only two that I know of. The first one is the Princeton summer journalism program here. This program is for high school juniors only. Students in every state can apply for this residential program at Princeton (which is unpaid) to visit news organizations and do writing activities. There is also the On The Money Magazine journalism and entrepreneurship internship. This is a small paid program where Chicago high schoolers can write for their magazine.
What to do if you can’t find high school writing internships online
If you cannot find high school writing internships that you can apply for online and you are interested in becoming an author, try contacting local publishers in your area. You can do this by going to google.com/maps and typing in “book publisher near me.” You will now see the Google My Businesses of publishers near you and book publishers near you.
Now that you see the Google My Businesses of marketing companies near you, you can cold-call these companies using the phone number listed on their Google My Business and ask them for an internship. You can also cold-email these companies by finding their email on their company website, and you can get their company website from their Google My Business. I have found cold-emailing to be more effective though as I have landed a website development internship as a high schooler this way.
Trying to intern for a publicist would be more useful if your career goal is to become an author. However, if you are more interested in writing for a newspaper when you are older, you should try contacting local newspapers in your area to ask for an internship. Another option to get high school writing internships is to contact college English departments and college English professors in your area and ask them for an internship. Getting in contact with professors is typically done through cold-email. You want to go to the faculty staff directory of the university you want to research for, and then you can start emailing professors that you find interesting asking if you can do an internship for them. You should read their professor bio and see what they are doing and what they are interested in so that you can write a tailored email about why you are interested in working for that professor. A tailored email is very important to get a response from that professor. They do not want to read a generic email or they won’t get back to you. Trust me, I did that originally and got no responses.
See the below picture for an example of a cold email I did. They didn’t have any research opportunities yet, but I was able to work on UChicago’s website.
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