Fellowship Programs & Internships


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, typically starting in July. Applications open—and positions are filled—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 staff and gain valuable experience in all aspects of reporting and publishing.

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Editorial Fellowship

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist the editorial staff throughout the production process, conducting story research, data tabulation, proofreading, transcribing, and interviews.
  • Fact-check long reported features, sourcing claims line by line, talking to relevant experts, and working with writers and editors to adjust language for accuracy.
  • Fact-check sensitive shorter pieces for legal accuracy on quick turnarounds.
  • Conduct data analysis relevant to reported articles.
  • Work closely with the national reporting team to write well-executed online articles on a variety of research-based subjects and other stories in the news.
  • 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 story production work, as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • 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.

Engagement Fellowship

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist the Pacific Standard editorial 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 editorial 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 feature 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 content management system to stage partner posts.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • A strong understanding of Pacific Standard's editorial voice 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.

Fellowship Details

Because our fellowship is full-time and one full year in length, it is not appropriate for matriculated students. The position pays a monthly stipend, and 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.


Editorial Internships

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.