BONHEUR magazine offers a comprehensive internship program for college and graduate students or anyone who just wants to get their feet wet in the fashion industry. Internships require approximately fifteen hours of work per week; these hours may be distributed across days of the intern’s choosing, but they must be completed during the magazine’s office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. Positions are unpaid but offer invaluable experience in all aspects of magazine journalism. A stipend of $60 a month is available to cover the costs of parking downtown or taking MARTA once we move to our new office location.
Applicants must select one of the following areas of focus, plus one optional backup:
Editorial focus: Interns are responsible for fact-checking, proofreading, research, and occasional writing for the print/digital magazine and website. Candidates should exhibit strong grammar and writing skills and have previous professional experience (preferably at a newspaper/magazine). A major in journalism or English is preferred.
Digital focus: Interns will gain hands-on experience producing content for bonheurxiv.com. Responsibilities include uploading stories from the magazine, building email newsletters, and pitching and writing stories for the website. Candidates should exhibit strong writing skills and a basic knowledge of HTML; experience in WordPress is strongly encouraged; courses in digital journalism a plus.
Dining focus: The dining internship is an exceptional opportunity to explore the city’s culinary roots and report on local restaurants, events, and chefs. The intern will write and report stories for the magazine’s food blog and produce weekly dining and recipe newsletters. The successful candidate will have prior publishing experience, strong writing and reporting skills, the ability to generate fresh story ideas, and of course, a passion for food!
Photography focus: We are looking for a student who is comfortable handling photography equipment and lighting, well-versed in Adobe Photoshop, and familiar with stock photo agencies. Responsibilities include organizing issue artwork, scouting and researching, and assisting on photo shoots. Interns will also undertake photography assignments, skills permitting. Candidates should be organized, deadline-driven, and effective in communicating over the phone, in person, or via email.
Marketing focus: Interns have the opportunity to learn the many different facets of magazine publishing, including production, sales, marketing, public relations, event and database development, accounting, and business planning. They assist in creating and executing communications and marketing strategies, researching and coordinating mailings, updating website listings, and coordinating special events. They will also be responsible for driving traffic to all social media pages for the business and the website. (For every advertisement space sold by the intern for the magazine, they will receive 30% of its profit.)
BONHEUR Magazine is pleased to offer a Junior Reporting-Writing Internship program. During the six-month program, interns will be responsible for identifying, researching, and reporting newsworthy stories for BONHEUR.
Ideal candidates have a good eye for the people, topics, and events worth covering right now; display a reporter's instincts for finding and following the stories that matter; and write with originality and style. A journalism background is not required; an appetite for news and a voracious curiosity are.
Candidates are accepted on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, three writing samples, and answers to the application questions below to firstname.lastname@example.org. Part-time applicants are preferred. Positions are unpaid, however they could lead to a permanent position. No phone calls, please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Please regard your resume as having been received unless your email is bounced back.
Junior Writing-Reporting Application Questions:
Where do you get your news? Please list five sources you read daily and three you wish you read more regularly.
Pretend you’re the news editor for the day. Pick one day this month and find five stories BONHEUR should cover that you think belong on our site.
Write a headline and propose an angle for each story. Your choices should show a good understanding of BONHEUR Magazine’s sensibility and cover a wide range of topics.
Take what you think is the best story among your five and list in tightly written bullet points the five most interesting things about it that every reader should know. The best answers will include a combination of background information, context, connections to other important stories, and shareable details. Your choices should both enlighten and entertain the reader.
In under 300 words, write a news post on a story of your choosing (not one of your above five). Please include or link to any visuals or social-media postings you would include. The best answers will be both informative and stylishly written.
If you had a month and a generous budget to work on one big feature story, what would it be?