Paste Internship FAQs

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Paste offers internships in our editorial departments. Internships are offered year-round to both current students and recent graduates. A one-time $800 stipend will be provided to all interns at the completion of their internship. Visit our [INFO PAGE] for more about each kind of internship and how to apply.

Q. What are Paste’s business hours?
A. Monday-Friday, 9 AM-6 PM (excepting most major holidays).

Q. When are internships offered?
A. Our internships are offered year-round. Spring internships run January through April. Summer internships run May through August. Fall internships run September through December.

Q. Whoops, I just missed the deadline! Can I still apply?
A. No application materials will be accepted for a given term after that term’s deadline has passed. However, you are welcome to apply for any upcoming terms.

Q. Are internships part-time or full-time?
A. We offer part-time internships to accommodate work or class schedules.

Q. Do I have to receive academic credit for my internship?
A. No. However, we are happy to fill out any paperwork required of those students who are taking the internship for course credit.

Q. I have a full-time job. Can I still apply?
A. Certainly, as long as your full-time job does not conflict with Paste’s business hours. If you are unavailable during the majority of those hours for most of the week, we unfortunately will not be able to accommodate you.

Q. I’m not currently a college student. Can I still apply?
A. Yes. Our internships are open to current college students and graduates alike.

Q. I’m in high school. Are there any internship opportunities for me??
A. Currently, we don’t offer a high school internship program. However, we have in the past and it’s possible that we will have one in the future. Please email to express your interest and we will be in touch if the program is expanded.

Q. Is there an age limit for interns?
A. No, our internships are open to current college students and graduates alike.

Q. How many internships are offered each term?
A. It depends largely upon the number and quality of applicants, but we generally offer internships to 4 applicants per term.

Q. Will you hire me after my internship?
A. We cannot and do not promise employment to interns. However, past interns are always welcome to apply for any positions that open up within the company for which they may be qualified.

Q. If I’m not offered an internship for this term, can I reapply in the future?
A. Yes.

Q. I’m majoring in [insert seemingly unrelated academic field here]. Can I still apply?
A. Yes. While many of our interns have strong academic backgrounds in their respective departments, others come from quite disparate disciplines. Some of our past interns have been political science, urban studies, history, English, and music theory majors. What made them strong intern candidates was their involvement in extracurricular activities, organizations and publications through which they developed and honed their relevant skills.

Q. I have no relevant academic, extracurricular, or professional experience. What are the chances I could still get an internship?
A. Very slim.

Q. What do you mean by “published clips”?
A. “Published clips” include anything you’ve written that has been printed in a publication, such as news stories, trend pieces, Q&As, profiles, reviews, op ed columns, and so on. We do not require clips related to any of our specific sections.

Q. I don’t have any “published clips.” What else can I send?
A. You may submit pieces submitted for publication that have not yet appeared in print, or you may submit mock samples of what you would submit if assigned a movie, book or album to review.

Q. Can I send examples of my creative writing, like short stories, poetry or a creative essay? What about an academic paper from one of my college classes?
A. Yes, but please note that we prefer published clips primarily and mock samples as an alternative, as creative and academic writing are not always effective indicators of an applicant’s journalistic or critical writing ability.

Q. Should I send over anything in addition to what’s required? Examples of my photography? Glowing letters of reference? Cookies? Large amounts of cash?
A. No, please don’t. If we need anything else, we’ll let you know.

Q. Okay, I just submitted my application. How long will the decision-making process last? When should I expect to hear back from you?
A. We strive to make all decisions within a month or so of the set deadline.

Feel free to email with any further questions not answered here.

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