Fellowship Programs & Internships - Pacific Standard

Fellowship Programs & Internships


Our December/January 2018 issue.

Our December/January 2018 issue.

Pacific Standard and The Social Justice Foundation offer a one-year paid editorial fellowship and a one-year paid engagement fellowship on a rolling basis. Applications typically open in September of the previous calendar year, though may open at other times depending on the organization's needs. Several previous fellows are now full-time Pacific Standard staff; others are in editorial positions at Outside, The Hollywood Reporter, The Atlantic, and a variety of other publications, both in print and online.

The ideal Pacific Standard editorial fellow is pursuing public interest journalism as a career, has experience working in a deadline-oriented environment, and has an abiding interest in public policy and social justice, as well as an understanding that research and investigative reporting are vital to finding solutions for society's most significant and pressing problems. Candidates pursuing the engagement fellowship should have experience with social media production, audience development, and a general interest in how stories are shaped and shared online. 

Our fellows work closely with several key members of our print and digital teams and gain valuable experience in all aspects of magazine publishing.




  • Assist the editorial staff with story research, fact-checking, and interviews for the eight-issue-per-year print, and daily online, magazine.
  • Work closely with the digital staff to write well-executed online articles on a variety of research-based subjects.
  • Gather materials—graphic, photographic, etc.—to accompany stories.
  • Produce and publish articles and other features to PSmag.com.
  • Help with general office responsibilities such as print and online story production work, as assigned.


  • A strong understanding of, and willingness to learn, how to deeply research a variety of topics, and be objective when gathering information.
  • Experience reporting and writing articles, either in print or online.
  • Willingness to accept direction, and participate fully in a collaborative work environment.
  • An ability to establish priorities, work independently, and proceed with multiple assigned objectives without close supervision.



  • Assist the Pacific Standard Web team with building and maintaining the publication's social strategy across multiple platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Using our various engagement tools to track traffic and readership on a daily basis; identifying key trends and content partner sites that the digital team can use to spread our stories.
  • Work closely with the Web team to produce quick-hitting content for the site, including social media-friendly posts, news aggregation, and multimedia.
  • Help develop and execute engagement efforts in support of Pacific Standard print stories and packages, connecting potential readers with our content and fueling conversation (through Reddit AMAs, for example).
  • Assist in producing visual and audio accompaniments for social promotion.
  • Help with general production responsibilities for the site, including working on the CMS to stage partner posts and translate print stories to digital formats.


  • A strong understanding of Pacific Standard's editorial voice—both online and in print—and a willingness to learn how social media strategy can power audience growth.
  • A sharp interest in the news production cycle and what kinds of stories the Internet enjoys.
  • Experience producing copy tailored to individual social platforms, with a knowledge of what works best on each.
  • A background in Adobe Creative Suite, specifically Photoshop and InDesign. A basic understanding of audio and video editing is a big plus.
  • Willingness to accept direction and participate fully in a collaborative and creative work environment, while also working independently and proactively on multiple assignments.


Because our fellowship is full-time and one full year in length, it is not appropriate for matriculated students. The position pays a stipend of $22,500 for the year, paid in regular biweekly installments; it is expected that editorial fellows will work standard hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in our Santa Barbara, California, offices.

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Pacific Standard and The Social Justice Foundation work closely with two universities, Northwestern and the University of California–Santa Barbara, to offer editorial internships. We are not currently accepting applications outside of these programs.