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  News Internships     Advertising Internships     Marketing Internships  

Florida’s largest and best newspaper, with 10 Pulitzer Prizes, is looking for energetic, talented young people for internships in all of its departments. Internships range from 12-week summer experiences to 6-month and 1-year jobs. You will be considered a full staff member and work alongside colleagues who will serve as mentors. Our internship programs are designed to give you hands-on experience to add to your academic credentials. And returning fulltime students are eligible to apply for Intern Scholarships worth up to $3,500 from the Tampa Bay Times Fund.



Times’ internships are paid internships:

  • 12-week summer interns, $450 per week.
  • 6-month interns, $500 per week, with $500 stipend for moving expenses (minus taxes).
  • 1-year interns, $600 per week, with $1,000 stipend for moving expenses (minus taxes).



Send a cover letter and resume with links to your website (or links to five clips that show the range of your work) to In the subject line of the email, please indicate the job for which you are applying.

  • Summer Internships: In News – November 1
  • In all other departments – February 15
  • For 6-month, semester, 1-year internships – Rolling acceptances. Submit in a timely fashion.


Questions? E-mail Roy LeBlanc at

(Advertising job descriptions are below News. Marketing job descriptions are below Advertising.)

Local News Reporter

Your job could include covering breaking and police news, general assignment, beats such as government, courts and schools, and community news features. All local reporters file stories and regular updates for our website,, and shoot photos or iPhone videos. You also can develop enterprise stories. Your work will appear in local sections, the full-run Metro and A sections and online. You might work in any of our seven offices in four counties in the Tampa Bay area. If you are a one-year intern, you might work in more than one office, depending on available opportunities.

Skills required:
  • Previous reporting experience (professional internships covering local news preferred)
  • Good writing skills, including attention to accuracy, grammar and spelling
  • Good news judgment
  • Comfort with digital platforms and social media.
  • Pluses – Public records knowledge and foreign language skills.
  • For one-year applicants only: You should have your bachelor’s degree at the time you start, or be in a position to complete it remotely in the short term.

Breaking News Reporter

You will be part of the “NOW Desk,” our breaking-news team. Your work will appear on our website,, and in print. You will cover early morning breaking and police news for the web as well as a variety of daily news stories, features and longer-term enterprise stories. A sample week might include writing the main story on a high-profile murder or a web feature on fans tailgating at a local sporting event or a weekender about hurricane season. Shifts start at 5 and 6 a.m. You will report stories on-scene and by phone, update the website frequently throughout the day, and shoot photos and iPhone video. You’ll be expected to stay on top of stories throughout your shift and day to day using many sources including phone calls, websites, TV and social media. You will use social media to promote our work and as a reporting tool. Some of the most prominent stories on any given day are reported by our breaking news team. This position is based in our downtown St. Petersburg and downtown Tampa offices (you should be prepared to work in both offices).

Skills required:
  • Previous police reporting experience
  • Good grasp of journalism fundamentals such as necessary key information, accuracy, grammar and spelling
  • Ability to write cleanly and quickly
  • Good news judgment
  • Ability to take iPhone video and photos, and use social media
  • Pluses -- Public records knowledge and foreign language skills.
  • For one-year applicants only: You should have your bachelor’s degree at the time you start, or be in a position to complete it remotely in the short term.

Business News reporter

From tourism to housing development to the job market, business news is one of the most important topics for our readers. You will cover, for online and print, local and occasionally national business stories on topics including retail sales, real estate, banking, tourism, aviation and transportation, personal technology, utilities, local corporate headquarters and more. These internships are in our downtown St. Petersburg or downtown Tampa offices. Your work will appear on our website,, and throughout our paper, from 1A to the business section to local pages.

Skills required:
  • Previous reporting experience (Previous experience covering business news is helpful. Previous professional internships preferred)
  • Good writing skills, including attention to accuracy, grammar and spelling
  • Good news judgment
  • Comfort with digital platforms and social media.
  • Pluses -- Knowledge of business and financial reports and public records.
  • For one-year applicants only: You should have your bachelor’s degree at the time you start, or be in a position to complete it remotely in the short term.

Copy Editor

On the copy desk, you’ll work with editors and designers producing weekly features and entertainment sections, our monthly Floridian magazine, twice-weekly regional sections, and three editions of the daily Metro, Business and A sections. You’ll be expected to edit staff and wire copy and work with assigning editors or reporters to solve problems. In addition to writing captivating print headlines, you’ll work on web headlines that will ensure good search results. Our web operations are integrated into every department, so you’ll also help create online photo galleries and promote our content through social media. You may also learn to update landing pages for our website using Autonomy CMS.

Skills required:
  • Excellent grasp of grammar, spelling, AP style
  • Good news judgment with an ability to spot holes in stories and work with others to fix them
  • Top-notch headline writing skills, including knowledge of how to apply SEO
  • Comfort with digital platforms and social media
  • Ability to edit in Adobe InCopy is a plus
  • For one-year applicants only: You should have your bachelor’s degree at the time you start, or be in a position to complete it remotely in the short term.


This is a sample of what a design intern has done: created pages for our weekly entertainment and arts tab, helped with photo shoots, designed Sunday Business covers, produced three weekly regional sections, created prototypes for new standing features, and designed the Sports sections on Monday and Tuesday nights. (Oh, and she won her first SND Award of Excellence.) You’ll find yourself just as busy. You’ll work side-by-side with editors, reporters and photographers producing weekly features and entertainment sections, twice-weekly regional sections, and three editions of the daily Metro, Business and A sections. In addition to print work, you’ll be responsible for how the stories appear on our website and help create photo galleries.

Skills required:
  • Excellent grasp of clean, thoughtful design
  • Good news judgment to create proper hierarchy on a page
  • Ability to juggle several tasks at once
  • Comfort with digital platforms and social media
  • Ability to design in Adobe InDesign is a plus
  • Knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator is a plus
  • For one-year applicants only: You should have your bachelor’s degree at the time you start, or be in a position to complete it remotely in the short term.

Web intern

This job offers opportunities to gain and polish skills in curating a website, creating web-exclusive content and executing social media campaigns that engage readers. Some of your web-generated work may get into our print sections. On any given day, assignments might involve editing and updating the site, researching and building a photo gallery, rewriting a press release, brainstorming ideas for a video, assisting in filming and editing a video, shooting iPhone or camera video for short video projects, researching and assisting with shareable graphics, reporting for quick-hit enterprise stories or acting as social media editor for the day. At the end of your internship, you will have an array of digital and print work to enhance your portfolio.

Essential skills:
  • Writing and editing in short forms: captions, summary graphs and web headlines with good SEO.
  • Idea-generator with ability to handle multiple assignments within a given time frame.
  • Social media skills and familiarity with best practices
  • Self-starter who can work with minimal direction and pick up new computer programs quickly
  • Strong journalism skills and news judgment
  • For one-year applicants only: You should have your bachelor’s degree at the time you start, or be in a position to complete it remotely in the short term.
  • Helpful but not mandatory:
  • A smattering of html knowledge to troubleshoot situations
  • Video editing experience
  • Familiarity with Photoshop
  • Experience with digital tools such as Storify or Rebel Mouse to help with social media campaigns

News Art intern

We often adapt our news art internship to match the skills of the right candidate. Are you an illustrator? We have plenty for you to do. Are you more into infographics and maps? That will work, too. Love to create interactive graphics for the web? We’d love to have you. We’re willing to work with your strengths and offer coaching in the areas where you need more experience. We involve our news artists in planning meetings to discuss potential graphics or illustrations and keep in touch throughout the process. The work can range from a locator map for a daily story to complex explainer graphics for a project. As much as possible, we encourage the artists to do their own reporting for their projects.

Skills required:
  • Excellent grasp of the concepts of good journalism
  • Attention to accuracy
  • Ability to juggle several tasks at once
  • Skillful in the use of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Comfort with digital platforms
  • Ability to design in Adobe InDesign is a plus
  • For one-year applicants only: You should have your bachelor’s degree at the time you start, or be in a position to complete it remotely in the short term.

Web design intern

Being a web producer/designer on means wearing many hats. Sometimes we code while other times we produce graphics (interactive or static). Sometimes we collaborate with video productions, while other times we are involved with project solutions and strategy. At the end of the day, our collective mission is figuring out the best way to tell stories digitally. The Times is open to new ideas for presenting and communicating great stories. The folks you’ll work with here are a treasure trove of knowledge and experience – from award winning writers and editors to renowned photographers, videographers and designers. If you can bring your “webby” skills and ideas to the table, we can make sure you’ll hit the ground running.

Skills required:
  • Bachelor’s degree or degree that can be completed remotely during the course of your internship. (For one year interns). Degree or degree-seeking student for semester internships.
  • Excellent grasp of html/css
  • Comfortable with js & jquery
  • Good feel for information/data visualization and web-based tools for integration
  • Good web design and UI/UX sense
  • Comfortable with CMS environments
  • Good news judgement and feel for display hierarchy
  • Proficiency with AdobeCS5 or 6 tools - Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver (or equivalent)
  • Video/audio editing capabilities a plus

Data Base intern

We are looking for front-end web developers for six-month and/or one-year internships. You would work with the newspaper’s Investigative Team and other parts of the news organization to collect and analyze data, develop data visualizations, design and help build data-driven web apps and identify innovative ways to use our digital space to tell stories. Candidates should be familiar with javascript and CSS. Additional database and programming skills are a plus. In addition, candidates should have a passion for uncovering the truth and a basic understanding of the news gathering process.

You primary responsibilities would be to:
  • Work with other developers to assist the Investigative Team in researching and executing data-driven stories.
  • Help design and execute online apps related to those stories.
  • Identify emerging technologies and find ways to use them to enhance our digital reporting and storytelling.

Our ideal candidate will be self-motivated, curious and hungry to learn. Our commitment to you will be an opportunity to play a part in our most ambitious work while learning from award-winning journalists of all stripes. Above all, you must be eager to learn new technologies and tools and find ways to use them to support our reporting efforts.

PolitiFact research/reporting intern

PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website of the Tampa Bay Times, is looking for interns to work in the Washington, D.C. bureau. You should be interested in politics and have some reporting experience. Duties include helping with research, monitoring talk shows and reading transcripts for checkable claims, as well as writing updates for our campaign promise tracker, the Obameter. For this position, we would consider requests for unpaid internships with college credit.


This is a 1-year internship, starting in summer 2014.
Who should apply: Graduated seniors with at least one professional shooting internship with a newspaper, magazine or other visual media outlet. Send cover letter, resume and link to your website to Stefanie Fletcher, senior photo editor, at or 813-226-3426. In the subject line of your email, type "One-year Photo Internship."  


Imagine being on the cutting edge of digital marketing, while enjoying some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. If you are creative, self-motivated and looking for an opportunity to prepare yourself for a successful career in multi-media advertising sales, this is the internship for you. is the largest media website in the Tampa Bay market. Paired with the Pulitzer Prize winning Tampa Bay Times and contemporary tbt*, is an exciting environment for an intern. Our Digital Sales Internship will include the following educational and practical experiences:

1) Creative Ad Development - Learn how to communicate the client's message effectively through banners, video, sponsorships, and distinctive digital components.
2) Media Sales Training - Learn to prospect effectively, make appointments, present
solutions and close the business.
3) Ad Operations - Learn how to get the campaign on the web and maximize its potential for the client.

Our New Business Development team has a leader with more than 30 years of media sales experience in newspapers, radio, TV and digital. The Team's camaraderie, encouragement and mentoring provide support for interns as they learn.

Applicants should be rising juniors or seniors with media experience at the college newspaper, website, radio, or TV station. Retail sales experience is a plus. A passion for sales and the personality to match are mandatory.

Most internships are during the summer, but internships may be considered at other times of the year. Send cover letter and resume, with link to your website, to

The deadline is February 15, but there's a lot of competition for our jobs so, if you're smart, you'll apply by November 1. 

The Tampa Bay Times seeks a paid intern to join our advertising sales/marketing team. Our advertising department provides local and national companies with multi-media solutions for growing their businesses. As an intern, you will participate in the various stages of print and online advertising sales. You will work with our internal marketing team as they build our company brand through a variety of business to business and business to consumer communications and events.

You should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment. You can expect to gain broad experience in various aspects of advertising and marketing.

Assist in the sale and execution of print and online advertising campaigns
Assist in the generation of sales leads from various competing media
Assist with the preparation of sales presentations
Assist with gathering research for specific presentation purposes 
Perform analysis of marketing and sales data
Seek and analyze competitor marketing and sales materials both on and offline
Enter contact information into contact management systems
Provide support to social media sales efforts
Shadow outside sales executives in the field
Assist in creation of sales materials
Assist in creating B2B messages for email communication
Participate in sponsorship events

Applicants should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with extensive knowledge of digital and social media. PowerPoint, Word and Excel experience is a bonus and will be considered when choosing the best applicant for this position.

Marketing, Business, Advertising, Communications, or other like degree.


Please tell us which of the following 4 positions you are interested in and submit the appropriate materials, as described below:

Do you find yourself discovering content before it starts trending? Are you a hashtagging pro? Do you thrive in the social space? If so, you may be just the candidate we’re looking for. As an intern, you’ll be instrumental in increasing tbt*s social media presence and gaining visibility for the brand by engaging fans and followers. You’ll also be responsible for creating and aggregating a variety of relevant content, managing tbt*s online reputation and assisting with the planning and execution of any tbt*-sponsored event.

Ideally, you will be:

Proficient in using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social platforms.

Passionate about social media and using new tools and apps.

Detail-oriented and technologically savvy.

Comfortable working independently.


You have original ideas and are itching to share them. Whether it’s through words or images, you’re confident that you can help businesses make a marketing impact. You’re comfortable in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment and will stop at nothing to create the best possible work for your clients. You’re a writer or designer. You’re a team player, a problem solver and a customer service professional. You will be responsible for contributing to the brand identity of the Tampa Bay Times and/or its clients and partners though copywriting, design or both.

Ideally, you’ll be:

Pursuing a creative advertising or marketing degree.

Comfortable in a collaborative, deadline-driven environment.

A fast learner who shows initiative in his or her given role.

Knowledgeable about your area of focus, including any relevant programs or software (e.g. the Adobe Creative Suite).

Must include a link to your online portfolio.


Do you love CSS-styling web pages, creating interactive user experiences and designing engaging motion graphics or video? If so, you may fit right in here. As an intern, you'll be designing web experiences for desktop and mobile, using the latest in responsive/HTML5 standards. And you'll have the opportunity to get behind a DSLR to capture local businesses and produce high-quality commercials through post-production. The best part – there's always a digital problem to solve, so you'll never get bored!

Ideally, you’ll be:

Experienced in front-end web technology including HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Passionate about user experience, design and problem solving.

Familiar with video production or editing/motion graphics.

Accountable for holding high web standards and progressive in your search for “what’s next.”

Must include a link to your online portfolio.


You’re a designing machine. You strive to produce work with the speed and accuracy of a seasoned professional. With this internship, you should be prepared to nurture an ad from its inception to completion. You’ll create original work, you’ll correct existing work and you’ll finish others’ work if they’re unable to. You’ll do it all and you’ll do it on deadline. Your ability to focus in a fast-paced environment will come in handy, whether you’re designing print, web or spec ads. Your attention to detail and strong work ethic allow you to create work that wows its audience.

Ideally, you’ll be:

Proficient in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. (Flash is a plus!)

Comfortable juggling multiple projects and working on deadlines.

Confident speaking to sales reps and teammates about your work.

Able to receive and provide critique to produce the best overall creative.

Must include a link to your online portfolio.