Job Description

Interactive News is a team of software engineers embedded in the New York Times newsroom. As our intern, you’ll contribute to projects used by hundreds of NYT journalists and millions of readers. Our unique position between the newsroom and technology departments makes us instrumental to The Times’ most ambitious digital journalism.

We create new story forms and build tools for newsgathering, while also supporting breaking news, enterprise and major events. We experiment with new reporting technologies and support development patterns and tools for our colleagues.

About You

  • You are familiar with the core technologies of web development, including comfort with JavaScript and CSS.

  • You can demonstrate taking a technical project from concept to completion.

  • You are excited about collaborating with the newsroom and other developers to push the limits of what we offer to our readers.

  • You are enrolled as a full-time student (for the fall of 2022) and authorized to work in the U.S.

  • We place a strong value on diversity of perspectives. If you’re a member of a community underrepresented in technology, we encourage you to apply.

About The Position

  • You will own at least one substantial project and work alongside teams of developers, designers and journalists on a number of others.

  • You will receive support and mentorship to meet professional goals and accelerate your learning.

  • You will gain an understanding of building modern, scalable, software while immersed in a newsroom environment.

Previous interns have helped to wrangle nationwide precincts data, handled our live World Cup scores, pitched in with obits, built a facial-recognition app for our Congress team, and helped unravel thorny data about metro transit woes.

Preparing your application

In our application process, we’ll ask you to upload your resume.

In addition, we’d like you to upload a document with brief (1-2 paragraph) answers to these questions:

  • Including links, please describe a project (or two) you’ve worked on, your development process and your personal role in creating it.

  • Please describe any journalism or newsroom experience you may have.  (We don’t require any.)

  • What unique perspective would you bring to the team? Is there something about yourself that you haven’t emphasized so far?

  • How did you hear about this internship?

  • Do you have other offers or a deadline by which you need to make a decision? (If so, what is it?)

These answers can be provided in the same attachment as your resume, or a separate one if you prefer.

About Our Summer Internships

  • Our internships are paid.

  • They are ten weeks long, starting June 1, 2021 and concluding August 6.

  • This summer, our internships are remote.

  • Our summer intern program also offers the chance to join virtual activities and training with interns across the Technology dept.

How We Work

We work with a range of modern web technologies, principally JavaScript, HTML and CSS. We run Node.js servers which talk to PostgreSQL databases. We manage code using Git and host it on GitHub. Whenever we can, we rely on hosted Google Cloud services.

Have skills we didn’t mention here? We welcome people with experience outside our journalism + tech focus — we’d love to learn from you how you work.


We’ll be accepting applications on a rolling basis until all of our positions are filled, so please apply as soon as you are ready.


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local “Fair Chance” laws.