Award-winning Portland Magazine, established 1985, has a 30-year history of year-round internships that have acted as a springboard for promising writers and graphic artists to work in larger markets.

A Portland Magazine internship is guaranteed to include direct involvement with the creation of three consecutive issues of the magazine. A minimum of 15 hours a week are required for a period of four months, during which an intern will rotate through all departments of the magazine to assure familiarity with, and sensitivity toward, all the elements that make up the finished product.

Research and fact-checking skills are honed during this period, while at the same time making the emerging writer aware of the need to understand his or her audience. Editorial assignments are customized to rapidly advance each intern’s existing skill level; many interns earn bylines in the magazine before their term is over.

Gain valuable hands-on, real world experience while witnessing first hand (and participating in) the process of creating and bringing to market a world class publication. Whether you are an aspiring writer, graphic designer, or business owner, an internship with Portland Magazine is an excellent way to gain the working knowledge and insight needed to launch your career!

Portland Magazine has played host to interns from Harvard, Yale, Brown, Simmons, Vassar, Bowdoin, Colby, Bates, the University of Maine system, and many others, including journalists who elect to participate at the post-graduate level. A number of them, including Jason Brown (Driving the Heart, W.W. Norton, 1999), who has since earned critical acclaim for his short stories and a writer- in-residence chair at Stanford, have gone on to larger markets. In a small, high-energy environment, Portland Magazine uniquely allows student interns to see a top- notch commercial magazine create itself in front of their very eyes. In fact, they help create it and participate in the miracle of each issue as it comes to life.

Interns must expect to use their personal vehicle to make deliveries, chase after stories, shoot photos, and other magazine related duties.

Open to current college students and graduates. Credit Hours for college students: 3-6, depending on the length of internship. This is an unpaid internship.

Praising Portland Magazine for “original regional coverage and literary merit,” the New York Public Library has purchased Portland Magazine’s entire backlist for its permanent collection.


Dear Colin Sargent & the staff at Portland Monthly,

Thank you all for making my internship experience here so invaluable, challenging, and fun. It was great meeting all of you and I’ll miss you! Thanks for helping me get that NYC job!


First Name
Expected Year of Graduation 
Point of contact (if applicable)
Proposed Starting Date of Internship (four-month commitment)Finish Date

What I hope to accomplish during my internship:
I am interested in the following magazine departments: Editorial




Can you bring a car? Yes


Can you bring a laptop?



PC or MAC?



Proposed way of contributing 15 hours per week (e.g. 5 days at
3 hours a day, 2 days at 7.5 hours a day, etc)