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Writing Internships for 2018

The Phi Beta Kappa Society is seeking college juniors and seniors majoring in the liberal arts or sciences to serve as writing interns. Students must be able to make a five month commitment to the program and to write a minimum of six short articles about Phi Beta Kappa members or events for The Key Reporter website. 
What We're Looking For
• Major in the liberal arts or sciences
• Possess strong writing and editing skills, ability to meet deadlines
• Cover topics with a direct connection to Phi Beta Kappa, its events, and its members
• Conduct independent research, including interviews  
• Make a five month commitment to the program and produce six publishable articles (500-700 words each) 

Travel to our national office in Washington, DC, is not requried. Interns write and conduct research from their home campuses.

You do not need to be a member of Phi Beta Kappa to serve as a writing intern, but you must be recommended by a Phi Beta Kappa chapter to be considered for the program. 

Want to intern with us?  Contact your school’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter to ask for a recommendation! Use our Chapter Directory to find your chapter contact person. 

The Deadlines for Chapter Recommendations

NOVEMBER 10, 2017 for internships starting January 2018 

APRIL 20, 2018 for internships starting August 2018 

Each chapter may recommend up to three students. Students should be registered for college/university study during the time they will serve as interns.

For access to the Online Internship Recommendation Form or for more information, write to keyreporter@pbk.org.


About the ΦBK Writing Internship Program

Our writing internship program is primarily for juniors and seniors majoring in the liberal arts or sciences who attend institutions where our chapters are located. Interns must make a five-month commitment to the program and prepare a minimum of six publishable articles (500-700 words each) for The Key Reporter online, www.keyreporter.org.

This is an unpaid, non-residential position. Interns write and conduct research from their home campuses. In addition to being good writers, interns need to be able to work independently and meet deadlines with a minimum of oversight and supervision.

Writing interns must accept assigned topics and/or pitch their stories to the editor of The Key Reporter for approval before a completed article is submitted. Phi Beta Kappa does not guarantee that every article an intern produces will be published. Articles may be lightly edited at the national office, but if a piece requires substantial editing or revision, it will be rejected or returned to the author to be revised.

Interns receive full credit for their work. Each article published by the Society will include the author’s name, major, and institutional affiliation.

Those who complete the program receive a formal certificate from Phi Beta Kappa and may request a letter of recommendation from the program.

(Posted on 6/11/2016 )