October 25, 2008

Paid photojournalism internship @ National Geographic

National Geographic Magazine is offering a paid photography internship during the summer or fall of 2009.

The 14-week internship pays $480 per week. When on assignment away from the city, the Geographic pays all expenses. Transportation expenses to and from Washington at the start and conclusion of the internship are covered by the Society. The interns are responsible for their own housing.

"The program is an opportunity for young photographers to experience first-hand the rigors of life in the professional world," according to the ad. "It is also an opportunity for us at the Geographic to scrutinize the work of those in whom we may have further interest. We are proud that many of our regular 'shooters' are former summer interns."

To apply, send a portfolio of recent work (no more than 30 images), a resume, and a letter of recommendation from a photography teacher or established photojournalist.

All portfolios must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2009. Send to Susan Smith, Deputy Director of Photography, National Geographic Magazine, 1145 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Please clearly label your envelope, "NGM Photography Internship" and if you would like for us to return your portfolio, you must include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

The internship is aimed at college and graduate students, but non-students will also be considered. Interns must be at least 21 years of age and U.S. citizens, or have appropriate student work documents.

"We are interested in strong photojournalism and your ability to produce a visual narrative," the ad says. "We will also consider an aspiring studio photographer. CDs are the preferred method of submission but portfolios may also be in the form of slides, prints or clippings of any combination, in color and/or black and white. Digital images should be sized to approximately 1600 wide, 72 dpi."

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