The Toughest Internship in the World

Are you a college student in some kind of writing major — journalism, PR, screenwriting or fiction — and think you can write? Show me. BRING IT.

I had a great time with two accidental and informal interns: Lauren Palazzo, a goddess of publicity on the East Coast, and Alex Corey, a journalistic muffin of stud on the West Coast.

So I’m turning this into a semi-formal and semi-official Thing, maybe because it warms my cold Swedish heart to give talented young writers good clips, good editing and a little boost toward a job and career that doesn’t involve hairnets or selling insurance.

The evil secret to all writing? Editing.

The evil secret to all writing? Editing.

What are the requirements?

  • You DON’T have to show up 8 to 5 every day, make copies or fetch coffee, because you’re doing this from far, far away, via the Series of Tubes, and I don’t care if you’re orbiting Mars as long as your internets work.
  • You DO have to write circles around your competitors and have a hunger to write better, because you understand everybody needs to be edited, and seeing your drafts get riddled with red ink doesn’t put you in therapy.
  • You DON’T need to do this for official credit, because I hate paperwork.
  • You DO need to write two posts a week for whatever semester or quarter system you use, and these posts can’t be recycled term papers or diary entries from your blog about the best bars in Madison, Wisconsin, because the whole point is to give you great writing clips so you can graduate and get a great job.

If you’re not clear about the topics covered on this blog, read this post: Seven Days, Seven Categories — this is not a coincidence

How to apply?

Step 1: Pick one of FOUR ways of contacting me — (a) the Twitter @speechwriterguy, (b) emailing the traditional resume and writing clip to, (c) creating some kind of infographic or Tumblr thing about your epic skills or (d) posting a haiku about yourself in the comments. Poems can be terrible, but haikus rock.

Step 2: Send one writing sample, or two story ideas for the blog that you could write the heck out of until there was no heck left, or three ways you’d improve the blog with WordPress magic or SEO things I don’t understand.

That’s it. 

Also: If you’re out of college, or in a different country where people don’t “go to college” and are instead “at university,” and know somebody amazing who’d be a perfect fit, please forward this post to them, retweet it or share it using smoke signals and such.


Guy - Photo by Suhyoon Cho

Guy – Photo by Suhyoon Cho

Reformed journalist. Scribbler of speeches and whatnot. Wrote a thriller that was a finalist for some award.


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One response to “The Toughest Internship in the World

  1. Dang! I could write a thesis about Madtown’s bars in the 80′s! Good luck to the applicants!

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