Summer 2020 Tampa Bay Times intern Natalie Weber takes notes during an interview on a catamaran.

Apply for a Tampa Bay Times newsroom internship

Everything you need to know about the Times’ top-tier program, with openings in news, photo, data, engagement and more.
Summer 2020 Tampa Bay Times intern Natalie Weber takes notes during an interview on a catamaran. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Everything you need to know about the Times’ top-tier program, with openings in news, photo, data, engagement and more.
Published Sep. 1, 2020
Updated Dec. 11, 2020

UPDATE, December 2020: The deadline for engagement interns has been extended until Jan. 1, 2021, at 5 p.m. Please use this separate form to apply.

We tell stories. Through video and photos. On Twitter and Instagram. On Reddit and Facebook. Online and, of course, in print. The way we share our stories has evolved in our 135-year history. But our commitment to investigative reporting, accountability, breaking news and our readers remains unchanged. Join us. We are Florida’s Best Newspaper.

The Times offers one of the top internship programs in our industry. Our 10-week summer interns, paid weekly, gain hands-on experience, working alongside staffers who offer guidance and respect them as equals.

Interns will be offered training sessions with our award-winning staff, take ownership of a wide variety of assignments and build relationships with mentors, editors and reporters in our collegial, independently owned newsroom. More than two dozen current staffers started here as interns.

We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom. We encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply. One internship will be designated for a student at a historically Black college or university.

If you have questions about internships, please contact internship co-director Karen Peterson at

Here is the link to our application form. Deadline: Nov. 1, 5 p.m. Note the separate form, linked above, for engagement interns with an extended deadline.

The details

Who should apply? Sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students on media/news tracks. Experience at a college publication is a plus. Top applicants have already completed at least one professional internship.

How do I apply? Click here. Where applicable, clips should be accessible (no paywalls), printable and legible.

What is the pay? Summer interns receive $500 for a 40-hour week. You will not be eligible to receive benefits.

Time frame? Internships run 10 weeks. Start and end dates are flexible, but typically begin in late May or early June.

What are the application deadlines? Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. Our internships are competitive so you would be smart to apply sooner.

Where are your jobs located? Interns are assigned to our St. Petersburg or Tampa newsrooms.

What do I need to do the job? You must have a laptop and a reliable, personal means of transportation. Mileage is reimbursed.

Is housing provided? We will provide local contacts for housing opportunities, but the Times does not provide housing.

When will I hear from you? By mid-January.

Job descriptions

News reporter: Your job could include covering breaking and police news, general assignment, beats such as government, courts, business and schools and community news features. You also can develop enterprise stories.

Sports reporter: Your job could include covering breaking news, general assignment and beats such as college, high school and pro sports. You also can develop sports enterprise stories or work on sports-related social media and video.

Photographer: You will use still photographs, video and social media to cover daily assignments, sports and spot news, as well as long-term projects. We provide camera bodies and lenses. The ideal candidate has a strong visual eye and social media presence, is passionate about community journalism, can adapt quickly and be a part of a strong team. Candidates must be proficient in PhotoShop, PhotoMechanic or equivalent, iMovie, Adobe Premiere and/or Final Cut. Interns must also understand how to send photos using FTP, along with writing clear and concise captions. For more information, contact Boyzell Hosey, deputy editor for photography, at or (727) 893-8571.

Copy editor: The copy desk is one of the busiest in the newsroom. You’ll edit staff and wire copy for print and online. You’ll work with assigning editors or reporters to solve problems. In addition to writing active and engaging print headlines, you’ll write web headlines.

Engagement producer: Help us engage with our community across digital platforms and products. Working with our engagement team, you’ll write newsletters, craft social promotions, design graphics and videos for social platforms, manage pages and learn push notifications strategy. You’ll work closely with reporters on engagement projects, finding ways to interact with our readers on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and more, while also producing content from community events.

Data reporter: Our data team seeks fantastic data journalists, web designers and news-minded hackers. Interns tackle big, ambitious projects as full-fledged team members. Past interns have analyzed data and built graphics to show what happened to Black children when our schools resegregated, and rewritten much of our longform-story infrastructure, learned to make d3 charts, and shared bylines on front-page stories. Whether you’re a watchdog reporter, web designer with storytelling chops or a computer science student with journalistic goals, we seek candidates who want to do great work and learn. You must have skill at data reporting, web development, infographics or statistics. In your cover letter, tell us what your dream internship on this team would look like. Then pick a recent project our paper has done and tell us how your skills could have helped make it better. Your clips could be a published story, a web page you built, a graphic you made or your GitHub account. It could be a crazy multitenancy Node.js app. Show us your best work, whatever form it takes.

Audio/video production via the Don Shortell Scholarship: We invite students to apply for the Don Shortell Scholarship and Internship. The winner receives a scholarship toward their undergraduate or graduate studies and a paid summer internship in audio or video production. Students must be returning to school in the year following their summer internship. Students must accept and complete the internship to receive the scholarship. The student must be in good standing at an accredited college or university. To apply, fill out an application form, select Production Intern and check the box that you are applying for the Don Shortell scholarship.

Still have questions? Get in touch.