Overview

The mission of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It’s why we have a newsroom that’s 1,700 strong and sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It’s why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it’s why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it’s worth paying for. 

 

Note for US based roles: Any offer of employment is contingent on providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination prior to your start date, subject to approved medical and/or religious exemptions, in accordance with applicable law.

Job Description

 

Interactive News Technology is a team of developer-journalists embedded in the New York Times newsroom. We create new story forms and build tools for newsgathering, while also supporting breaking news, enterprise and major events.

We’re looking for a summer 2022 intern to 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 work with a range of web technologies, principally JavaScript, TypeScript, and React. 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.

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

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 role

  • You will be embedded with a project team for the summer and collaborate with developers, designers and journalists

  • You will contribute to technical design and development of new features within team projects, as well as using these tools to help with opportunistic reporting

  • 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

Qualifications

  • You have experience in JavaScript, or can arrive ready to contribute in Node.js this summer

  • You have experience taking a technical project from concept to completion, contributing to concept definition, technical design, and technical implementation

  • You have experience working as part of a team to develop software

  • You are interested in 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 2023) and authorized to work in the U.S.

How to apply

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.

Please submit a current resume that ties your experience to the qualifications for this role.

During the application process, we will also prompt you to provide brief (1-2 paragraph) answers to the following questions:

Including links, please describe a project you’ve worked on that illustrate how you meet the qualifications listed in the job description.  Please outline your development process as well as your role in the work.

Why are you interested in a newsroom engineering role?

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 a date by which you need to make a decision on your summer plans? (If so, what is it?)

About our summer internships

  • Our internships are paid.

  • They are ten weeks long, starting June 6, 2022 and concluding August 12, 2022.

  • This summer, we will consider both interns who can join us in our NYC headquarters as well as those who would be partly or fully remote.

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

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.