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FiveThirtyEight Research & Copy-Editing Intern, Spring 2024

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10059246 Location New York, New York, United States Business ABC News Date posted Sep. 21, 2023

This role is considered remote, which means the employee will work remotely on an ongoing basis and will not have an assigned workspace at a Company designated location.

Job Summary:

Be a part of an innovative team and culture…

FiveThirtyEight is an award-winning site focused on providing data-driven journalism in sports, politics, and science. FiveThirtyEight was founded by Nate Silver. 

FiveThirtyEight is seeking an intern to join our research and copy-editing teams for spring 2024. We’re looking for a recent graduate or early career journalist who has some experience writing about or wrangling data and wants to develop their skills in a collaborative, data-driven newsroom.

A Day in the Life…

The intern’s main role will be to copy-edit and fact-check stories and assist in research and data-gathering, both for standalone articles and our flagship interactive news products. We expect the internship will require a mix of data-collection for our polling databases, collaboration with other journalists to research and collect data for articles and interactives, and copy-editing/fact-checking as a member of our copy desk. There may also be opportunities for the intern to write and/or research their own projects.

The ideal candidate will have a background in data analysis or some experience editing other journalists’ writing (whether from a journalism class, job or internship). As part of our copy desk, you will play an integral role in the publishing process for 538 stories, so strong writing or reporting skills are a bonus.

The Research and Copy-Editing Intern will report to the Senior Editor in charge of the copy desk and work closely with the Senior Research Assistant, but as a small newsroom, we’re looking for someone eager to collaborate with other colleagues in different departments, too.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Gather data for our 2024 poll aggregation and forecasting models

  • Work with colleagues on the copy desk to edit and fact-check stories and interactives

  • Assist in data collection for reporters working on standalone stories

What we are looking for…

(Basic Qualifications)

  • Journalism experience, whether from a class, student publication, job or internship

  • Experience collecting or analyzing data — again, experience from a class, student publication or previous job or internship is absolutely fine!

  • Comfort utilizing essential features in spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheets, such as filtering, writing simple functions and setting up pivot tables

  • Knowledge of FiveThirtyEight and the kinds of journalism we create

(Preferred Qualifications)

  • Experience line editing or knowledge of the AP Stylebook

  • Fact-checking experience

  • Proficiency with statistical programming languages such as R or Python

  • Familiarity or experience working with relational databases

Required Education:

  • To be eligible for this internship you must be a junior, senior or a recent graduate (within 6 months of your graduation date) pursing a Bachelor’s or Masters Degree in Journalism, Communications, Media Studies, Film/Television or a related field

Additional Details:

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college/university taking at least one class in the semester/quarter (spring/fall) prior to participation in the internship program OR must have graduated from a college/university within 6 months OR currently participating in a Disney College Program or Disney Professional Internship

  • Must be at least 18 years of age​ and possess unrestricted work authorization

  • Must not have completed one year of continual employment on a Disney internship or program. ​

  • Must be able to have a consistent, reliable work schedule throughout the session

  • This internship is a remote position– Requires a working, reliable internet connection as well as a quiet, dedicated workspace

  • Program Length: The approximate dates of this internship are January 2024 - June 2024. Candidate must be available to work 40 hours/week in Eastern Standard time for the duration of the internship- open to nights and weekends

The pay rate for this remote role is $21.70 per hour. Select benefits may be provided as part of the compensation package, such as medical, financial, and/or other benefits. To learn more about our benefits visit:

About ABC News:

The Disney General Entertainment Content group creates original entertainment and news content for the Company’s streaming platforms and its cable and broadcast networks.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., which is part of a business we call ABC News.

American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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