Writing Internships for Spring 2018

The national office of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is seeking writing interns to help publicize the work of the Society and write stories about our alumni members. Applicants must be new members of Phi Beta Kappa to be considered for this position.


Internship Start Date

January 15, 2018



Each intern receives a $1,000 stipend. Five publishable articles are required to complete the internship program.


Application Deadline

November 10, 2017



Interns must be able to make a five-month commitment to the program and prepare a minimum of five short articles about Phi Beta Kappa alumni, news, or events for The Key Reporter website. Interns will write and conduct research remotely. Travel to the national office in Washington, DC, is not required.

Job Responsibilities

·      Work with editor to generate content for The Key Reporter website.

·      Respond to required assignments as well as research/pitch ideas.

·      Prepare a minimum of five articles (500-700 words each)

       including photographs and permissions.

·      Fact check, proofread, format, and edit as necessary.

·      Perform related duties as required.


·      New Phi Beta Kappa member, junior-year induction preferred.

·      Excellent writing, editing, and organizational skills.

·      Previous publication or news writing experience preferred.

·      Self-starter who can take direction and contribute ideas.

·      Ability to work independently on projects and meet deadlines.

·      Active on social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter.

·      Contacts with local Phi Beta Kappa Chapter or Association a plus.

·      Knowledge of standard workplace technology.


Application instructions

Please send a resume with references, a cover letter addressing the qualifications for the internship, and three writing samples to keyreporter@pbk.org.

About the ΦBK Writing Internship Program

Our writing internship program is for new Phi Beta Kappa members who are looking for an opportunity to gain professional experience and support Phi Beta Kappa’s mission to advance excellence in the liberal arts and sciences in higher education. The program is open to recent graduates, but preference is given to students inducted in their junior year.


Interns must make a five-month commitment to the program and prepare a minimum of five publishable articles (500-700 words each) for The Key Reporter website, www.keyreporter.org. Each intern receives a $1,000 stipend.


Interns write and conduct research remotely. Travel to the national office in Washington, DC, is not required. 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, institutional affiliation, and photograph. Those who complete the program receive a formal certificate from Phi Beta Kappa and may request a recommendation from the program.


If you have questions about the program or would like more information, write to keyreporter@pbk.org.