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FiveThirtyEight Is Hiring A Data Visualization Intern For Summer 2016

UPDATE: The data visualization internship has been filled for the summer. But stay tuned: we’ll also be offering similar internships this coming fall and next winter.


FiveThirtyEight is looking for a data visualization intern to help us make charts for the site this summer.

The internship will include a mix of designing, editing and producing static graphics to accompany stories on the site, assisting with reporting and research, creating original stories (which can be primarily or entirely visual, or mostly written), and — depending on the intern’s skill set and level of interest — contributing to bigger interactive projects. This summer will be an especially exciting time to be at FiveThirtyEight: Our coverage of the 2016 presidential election will be in full swing, and we’ll be reporting on the summer games in Rio de Janeiro, in addition to publishing data-driven stories and analyses about everything from the biases in scientific research to the “Nicki Effect.”

The ideal candidate will have experience making data graphics using design tools such as Illustrator or programming languages such as JavaScript, Python and R. Other journalism-related programming experience — such as Web-scraping or news app development — is a plus. General comfort with numbers is essential, as is experience with spreadsheet software such as Excel.

All our interns are encouraged to pitch stories, collaborate on bigger projects and participate in the daily editorial process.

The summer internship will run from approximately June 6 to Aug. 12, and the intern will be expected to work from our office in New York City. The position is paid. Current students at a U.S. college or university are eligible, as are recent graduates who were enrolled in at least one course in the semester before the internship.

The intern may work up to 40 hours per week (with some flexibility in schedule to accommodate classes as needed).

Click here to apply or for more details about the position. Applicants must apply online, but feel free to email Ritchie King with any questions. If you’re interested, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible!

Ritchie King is senior editor for data visualization at FiveThirtyEight.

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