Paste Internships: FAQs

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Q. Do you offer internships?
A. Yes, we do.

Q. What kind of internships do you offer?
A. We offer editorial, social media and design internships.

Q. Do you offer photography internships?
A. No.

Q. Do you offer web design or IT internships?
A. No.

Q. What do editorial interns do?
A. Editorial interns are primarily responsible for assisting Paste’s editorial staff with the day-to-day tasks of running the website. These tasks include writing and editing, as well as administrative tasks such as assessing the CDs, DVDs, books, etc. we receive each week. Editorial interns usually have one or more areas of focus (music, movies, books, games, comedy, drink, etc.).

Q. What do social-media interns do?
A. Social media interns assist with the upkeep of Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest and other social-media platforms and our promotion on all of these networks. These tasks may include administering contests, as well as administrative tasks such as assessing the CDs we receive each week. Depending on qualifications, social-media interns may have opportunities to write for the website. We need social media interns who are plugged in and understand the potential value of a viral tweet or reddit post.

Q. What do design interns do?
A. Design interns are responsible for the creation of effective and impactful design for the website and other special projects. Interns primarily work closely with Paste’s marketing and business team. This position requires proficiency in Photoshop and Illustrator; web design knowledge is also a plus.

Q. What else do interns do?
A. In addition to specific department-related tasks, all interns assist with daily activities such as Post Office and office supply/grocery store runs, as well as maintaining general office organization and tidiness.

Q. Will I get to know the staff during my internship?
A. Yes. All interns work closely with members of their respective departments and are encouraged to participate in creative collaboration with members of the staff throughout their time at Paste.

Q. Are internships paid?
A. Paste internships are unpaid. Interns based in the Decatur office will receive a one-time $500 stipend towards living expenses.

Q. What?! How do you expect me to live?!
A. Past interns have been able to supplement the stipend with part-time jobs and other freelance work. (Although we expect your internship to be your top priority, we are happy to accommodate part-time job schedules.) The real pay-out is the huge amount of hands-on industry experience you’ll gather on a day-to-day basis during your time at Paste.

Q. When are internships offered?
A. Our internships are offered year-round. Spring internships run January through May. Summer internships run May through August. Fall internships run August through December.

Q. Are internships part-time or full-time?
A. Both. We prefer interns to be available for a full-time commitment, but we occasionally do offer part-time internships to accommodate current college students’ class schedules.

Q. Do I have to receive academic credit for my internship?
A. No. However, we are happy to fill out any paperwork required of those students who are taking the internship for course credit.

Q. What are Paste’s business hours?
A. Monday-Friday, 9 AM-6 PM (excepting most major holidays).

Q. I have a full-time job. Can I still apply?
A. Certainly, as long as your full-time job does not conflict with Paste’s business hours. If you are unavailable during those hours, we unfortunately will not be able to accommodate you, as we require our interns to work from our office during regular business hours.

Q. I’m not currently a college student. Can I still apply?
A. Yes. Our internships are open to current college students and graduates alike.

Q. I’m in high school. Are there any internship opportunities for me?
A. Currently, we don’t offer a high school internship program. However, we have in the past and it’s possible that we will have one in the future. Please email to express your interest and we will be in touch if the program is expanded.

Q. Is there an age limit for interns?
A. No, our internships are open to current college students and graduates alike.

Q. Where are your offices? Will I have to relocate for my internship?
A. Paste’s main editorial office is located in Decatur, Ga., just outside of Atlanta. Our internships are based in Decatur, therefore you will have to relocate to the area if you do not already live nearby. While interning remotely is also an option, preference is given to candidates who can intern in-house..Q. How do I apply?
A. All applicants must submit a resume and cover letter, detailing your previous relevant experience and answering the following questions: What are your career goals? Why do you want to intern with Paste? What do you hope to get out of your internship experience? Editorial intern applicants must also submit three examples of their writing, preferably published clips. Design intern applicants must also submit three examples of their recent design work. Materials may be emailed to or snail mailed to:

ATTN: Interns
PO Box 1606
Decatur, GA 30031

Q. Who should my cover letter be addressed to?
A. Paste news editor Scott Russell.

Q. Whoops, I just missed the deadline! Can I still apply?
A. No application materials will be accepted for a given term after that term’s deadline has passed. However, you are welcome to apply for any upcoming terms.

Q. Can I apply for more than one internship position at a time?
A. Yes. If so, please submit a cover letter for each position you’re applying for, in addition to any other required materials.

Q. I’m majoring in [insert seemingly unrelated academic field here]. Can I still apply?
A. Yes. While many of our interns have strong academic backgrounds in their respective departments, others come from quite disparate disciplines. Some of our past interns have been political science, urban studies, history, English, and music theory majors. What made them strong intern candidates was their involvement in extracurricular activities, organizations and publications through which they developed and honed their relevant skills.

Q. I have no relevant academic, extracurricular or professional experience. What are the chances I could still get an internship?
A. Very slim.

Q. What do you mean by “published clips”?
A. “Published clips” include anything you’ve written that has been printed in a publication, such as news stories, trend pieces, Q&As, profiles, reviews, op ed columns, and so on. We do not require clips to be related to music or film. If possible, please submit clips as they appeared in print, whether in PDF form, photocopied or in hard copy form (rather than in a raw text document).

Q. I don’t have any “published clips.” What else can I send?
A. You may submit pieces submitted for publication that have not yet appeared in print, or you may submit mock samples of what you would submit if assigned a movie, book or album to review.

Q. Can I send examples of my creative writing, like short stories, poetry or a creative essay? What about an academic paper from one of my college classes?
A. Yes, but please note that we prefer published clips primarily and mock samples as an alternative, as creative and academic writing are not always effective indicators of an applicant’s journalistic or critical writing ability.

Q. Should I send over anything in addition to what’s required? Examples of my photography? Glowing letters of reference? Cookies? Large amounts of cash?
A. No, please don’t. If we need anything else, we’ll let you know.

Q. If I apply for more than one internship position, is there a chance I could be accepted for both?
A. Perhaps, but it depends upon your own qualifications, those of other applicants for the same position and our needs at the time.

Q. Will you hire me after my internship?
A. We cannot and do not promise employment to interns. However, past interns are always welcome to apply for any positions that open up within the company for which they may be qualified.

Q. How many of your current and former staff members were once interns?
A. Dozens.

Q. How many internships are offered each term?
A. It depends largely upon the number and quality of applicants, but we generally offer internships to 4-8 applicants per term.

Q. If I’m not offered an internship for this term, can I reapply in the future?
A. Yes.

Q. Okay, I just submitted my application. How long will the decision-making process last? When should I expect to hear back from you?
A. We strive to make all decisions within a month or so of the set deadline.

Feel free to email with any further questions not answered here.


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