Internship Program & Student Writers

The Hyattsville Life & Times brand consists of a monthly publication that is distributed through to 10,000 residents within the City of Hyattsville, and our website, HyattsvilleLife.com. Our staff consists of volunteer writers and photographers who are eager to use their talents to benefit the community, and there is never a shortage of stories to tell and photos to share. In the past, we have mentored and coached student journalists on both the secondary and collegiate-level. We also work closely with the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and the Cathy Hughes School of Communications at Howard University.

During the fall and spring semesters, we select as many as six interns, and, during the summer, we have four interns. All internships are designed for college students pursuing a career in journalism.

General requirements for our student writers:

  • Strong writing and grammatical skills
  • Understanding of Associated Press style
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong commitment to quality work and accuracy
  • Willingness to have work edited
  • Understanding of journalistic integrity

Every article written must be focused on a resident, event or something of immediate concern to the residents of the City of Hyattsville, and the following surrounding cities:

  • Adelphi
  • Berwyn Heights
  • Brentwood
  • Cheverly
  • Chillum
  • College Park
  • Colmar Manor
  • Edmonston
  • Lewisdale
  • Mt. Rainer
  • North Brentwood
  • Riverdale Park
  • University Park

To submit a class assignment as a one-time article for consideration, please email the article to managingeditor@hyattsvillelife.com.

Internship Program

Fall and spring semesters: We look for college students who want front-line experience in news, business, features, education and sports reporting, still and video photography and graphic design for social media. Internships are non-paid. We can customize the experience to accommodate the requirements of college-level course-credit internship classes at nearby universities.

Summer interns: From a nationwide pool of candidates, we select four interns seeking front-line experience news, business, features, education and sports reporting, still and video photography and graphic design for social media.

What do interns do?

The same work as our staff writers. Our objective is to help interns grow with challenging assignments. Interns must contribute at least 10 hours per week and one article per week, which could be submitted for web or print. All interns are required to cover at least one weekend event during their internship period. Interns are expected to become familiar with the city and our publication.

Who can apply?

Undergraduate and graduate college students. You don’t have to be a journalism or communications major, but college newspaper experience or a previous internship is a plus. We look for a good academic record, a strong desire to be a journalist, and work samples that show talent and promise. Interns should have reliable access to transportation.

How do I apply?

Send an application packet that includes a cover letter, a resume, and an appropriate sampling of your work. The cover letter should state what the applicant is most interested in doing (i.e. news reporting), a proposed work schedule, and availability for evening or weekend team meeting.

The application must include at least one reference, including a phone number. Documentation explaining the requirements for college credit must be also received at the same time. Send all internship inquiries addressed to Managing Editor Ms. Maria James at maria@hyattsvillelife.com.

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