Join the APW Team for 2016!


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by Meg Keene, CEO & Editor-In-Chief

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The APW writing internship is one of the things our team is most proud of. Our past interns have gone on to become published authors, senior editors at Buzzfeed, and of course, contributors here at APW. Fall means it’s time for us to say a slightly teary farewell to our current writing fellows (a few of whom are currently all off having babies). It also means it’s time to find our newest writing fellows. We’re always a little sad to to see our interns go, but they tend stick around when the internship is over anyway, writing, commenting, and generally making our work lives more pleasant. (Where do you think all those happy hour links come from?)

What Can You Expect As An APW Writing Fellow?

We’re focused to giving our writing fellows an immersive year-long writing program, where we devote considerable time to developing their writing and voice, and helping them figure out where they want to go as a writer. The APW internships are not staff writing positions in disguise. Our staff writers hit their deadlines, get an edit, and then get published. Our interns work through an open-ended pitching process, submit a first draft of a piece, and then go through as-many-iterations-as-they-need of edits. They explore various writing styles, and learn as much about the behind the scenes work at APW as they want to.

We’re focused on training our writing fellows in a variety of writing styles—personal essay as well as more commercial editorial writing. We’ll teach you about catchy headlines and how to improve your traffic, along with matching your voice to a particular publication. In short, if you’re looking to take your writing from side hobby to professional, this is a great first step. If you’re wanting to dive into how running a (scrappy, bootstrapped) commercial website works, and or learn what it’s like to work on a team of hardworking feminist women, this is for you. Our writing internship means writing a post every two weeks (because we’d be doing you a disservice if we didn’t make you write at least that often), and the rest is up to you.

Who We’re Looking For

This year, we’re once again looking for people that will fill our staff with a diversity of voices. We are particularly hoping to add more women of color to the team, so if that’s you, please apply. To help facilitate this, we’re asking all applicants to speak to the acronym LOVE in their cover letter. We’d like to hear what your relationship is to the following topics:

Location: Because fifteen ways to plan a wedding in Northern California is boring.
Opinion: We want you to have a strong point of view, even if it’s not one we necessarily share.
Variety: What different and new ideas do you bring to the table?
Ethnicity: How do you self-identify? Any and everyone are encouraged to apply; we’d love a variety of viewpoints.

Here are a few words from interns past:

One of the things I hoped for from this internship was to become a more disciplined writer; I got that and so much more. It was really beneficial to get feedback from the APW editors during the writing process. It helped me to step outside of my head and see each piece from a broader perspective. Writing each post also turned out to be a form of wedding planning therapy, as I usually found that by the time I’d thoroughly gone over a topic it no longer bothered me. Stepping behind the scenes of APW and working with such a fun team has been something that I’ll take with me as I continue to grow as a writer.

— Lauren Fitzpatrick

I’ve gotten a lot out of my internship with APW. I learned so much about writing for an audience, and to a deadline, as well as the editing process and maintaining an editorial calendar through my own work for the site. It was also fascinating to learn more about APW as a business, just through being included in staff discussions. It’s been a unique pleasure to work with such a smart, feminist team.

— Kelsey Hopson-Shiller

The internship forced me to push myself farther in my writing (and having a deadline forced me to actually publish what I wrote, rather than letting all my drafts collect dust on my hard drive). The APW staff was so helpful throughout the whole process, from choosing and refining topics to providing edits. Publishing my writing was really intimidating at first, but knowing that I had gotten so much feedback and guidance throughout the editing process gave me a lot more confidence in my work (as did the many kind and thought-provoking comments left by readers). Behind the scenes, it was great getting to know the smart, funny ladies that make up the APW team, and learning more about the business and logistics of running the company. Overall, the writing internship has been a wonderful experience, and I’m so glad I worked up the courage to hit “submit” on my application!

— Hayley Cotter

I love APW and I loved being an APW intern. I learned so much about writing, business, weddings, and the web in that year. The APW writing internship is really whatever you want it to be; I told Meg and Maddie during my interview that I wanted a lot out of it. When I started as an intern, I had honestly lost my writing groove on my personal blog. I wanted to branch out into new topics and writing styles but needed permission and encouragement, and that’s exactly what I got. Meg, Maddie, and the rest of the staff helped me improve my writing, and, maybe more importantly, they gave me the confidence I needed to take risks again. They showed up for me in a million little ways, and the conversations I had with them made my writing and my overall approach to creative work so much stronger.

I also want to say that I had my eye on this internship for months… but I wasn’t feeling terribly confident after the first few pieces I submitted to APW got rejected (or weren’t run for months, at which point I had given up). It was a bit of an ego blow that I’m sure a lot of people can understand. Like, how can they not know we’d be so good together?! (Yes, I accused APW of Friendzoning me.) But I decided to take an honest look at what I had submitted and see if it really was good enough. So the first piece of mine that ran on APW? I re-wrote it and submitted it three times before they ran it, and my GOD, the third one was so much fucking better than the first and second. I also became active in the comments because I realized perhaps I should get to know a community and really get the voice and the vibe before I started submitting. I can’t say this with total certainty, but if you want a spot and you aren’t a big commenter, it might be time to de-lurk.

In the months leading up to the intern selection, I buckled down and wrote my ass off. I think we could only submit two pieces with our applications but I was having a hard time deciding… so I just used the submission tool and submitted all the other pieces I had wanted to submit. (God, in hindsight I sound CRAZY!) I just REALLY wanted it; I wanted to show them what I could do and show them I was serious. So there’s the loophole for you overachiever types. Use it wisely.

I am so proud of the portfolio pieces that I wrote for APW and to be a part of this team. It opened so many career and creative doors for me, both directly and indirectly. The year I was an APW intern is the year that I started calling myself a writer and really believing it.

Rachel W. Miller

POSITIONS AVAILABLE: For 2016, we will be looking for 1—3 writing interns. If you read APW, you’re in a life stage we’re interested in, no limits.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR: We generally look for one or both of the following kinds of writing: compelling personal essays (example A) or more researched thought pieces (example B). But we’re open to anyone who wants to get creative with their submissions (example C). The qualifications for this internship are simple: good writing, being a good team player, and being inquisitive and eager to learn and grow. (I’m dyslexic, so I should note that we don’t penalize for spelling. Please proof your submissions, obviously. But if you can’t copyedit, don’t let that hold you back.)

WHAT WE’RE OFFERING: For anyone who joins the team as a writing fellow, we’ll do everything we can to help you find your voice as a writer, develop your work, and help push you toward your professional goals. Our interns get a chance to learn about the business of online publishing, build their resumes, and simply practice writing a lot. Many of our recent interns have stayed on as paid contributors and members of the team.

WHAT YOU NEED TO INCLUDE IN YOUR APPLICATION:

  • A cover letter that includes
    • Why you want to intern with APW
    • What you hope to learn from the internship
    • What you will bring to the role
    • The way you relate to the LOVE acronym, laid out above
    • What your professional writing goals are
    • Links to any past APW posts, if you’ve written any (not mandatory)
    • Any relevant social media links
    • Your wedding date (if applicable)
  • A resume
  • Two writing samples of posts that would be appropriate for APW. (These can include posts you’ve already written for APW, but you must link to them or include them in your application or it will be considered incomplete.) We look for writing that’s more than just a journal entry: writing for the site should be a starting point for conversation.

We’re accepting applications until Sunday, November 22, 2015, and we aim to send out offers in late 2015 or very early 2016. Please email applications to team at apracticalwedding dot com. We can’t wait to read them.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com. #NASTY

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  • Christy

    Holy crap, I love the interns! This makes me wish I wanted to be a writer or had the mental space for this internship, because it sounds seriously amazing. I love you ladies, and I love that it’s a true internship and you don’t penalize for spelling.

    Would you have a male intern? I presume so, but it’s interesting to think about how female-dominated the wedding blogosphere is.

    • I, personally, would LOVE a male intern <3

    • Meg Keene

      Can’t spell! Dyslexic and running a site, so I would NEVER. We’ve had a male applicant before, and we totally considered them.

    • A male intern would be awesome!

  • SJ

    I just got overwhelmed in the best sort of way. Also, anyone else have Nat King Cole stuck in their heads now?

    • Hannah

      I certainly do now! :-)

  • Ashlah

    This sounds like such an incredible opportunity. Good luck to everyone who applies!

  • Jess

    This has just come at the perfect time!!

  • LydiaB

    Definitely going to put some real thought into this! Such an exciting opportunity.

  • Maddy

    I’ve been doing some serious soul searching and even though I’ve never considered writing to be something I wanted to do, my heart lit up when I saw this, there’ll be a pretty package coming your way over the internet all the way from Melbourne <3

  • Chelsea James

    I think it’s really sad that a “feminist” website is pitching an unpaid internship to a bunch of young women. It’s also pretty obnoxious to host all kinds of articles about hustling, work-life balance, and to showcase the voices of those who have no choice but to give up their career for their kids bc they don’t have childcare, and then contribute to all of those problems by offering an “internship” that would require someone to work one/two other jobs to actually support themselves while doing it.

    • Christy

      The description is really clear that this is a true internship, not just an excuse for unpaid labor. Per the six criteria for unpaid internships at for-profit employers:

      1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment. Definitely! This sounds like you’re learning a LOT about how internet publishing works. Do schools actually teach this? Probably not. But is it useful like something you’d learn in a school? Definitely.
      2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern. Definitely! Look above where Meg talks about all you learn and the iterative writing process.
      3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff. Clearly met above.
      4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded. Sure, APW gets articles for readers to read, but in terms of the cost of the editors’ time, I would bet that the overall cost of the interns is greater than the immediate benefit. (And yes, APW benefits from new and diverse voices every year, but I think this criterion is still well-met by this fellowship.)
      5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship. Definitely the case.
      6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship. Yup, it’s clear.

      To me, it’s clear that this is an actual internship, where like in school, you don’t get paid to learn. If you were interested in learning more about writing online and you took a class, you’d pay to take the class. It’s like that–it’s explicitly acknowledging that you’re doing this to learn more, not for a job. Lots of people earn a living and then also pay to go to school part-time. Not everyone can, but that’s just the inequality of opportunity that pervades our society. Meg can’t single-handedly fix that with her “scrappy, bootstrapped” website, but she can teach those who are interested in learning, even without being paid for it.

      • Becky

        Chelsea is right. Unpaid internships, in general, are problematic, regardless of how much is learned (and really, don’t all new jobs involve learning?). Unpaid internships generally go to those who can afford to work without pay, people with financial support from parents, spouses, etc. who have the income to do so.

        Yes, internships can lead to jobs, giving the privileged few (affluent enough to be able to afford to take an unpaid job) an even greater leg up over the less privileged. Add to this that APW primarily enjoys young females…. It’s problematic at best.

        • Meg Keene

          I actually spend a whole lot of time thinking about this, and every year go through a process of wondering if we should not offer the internship. I, for one, could NEVER afford to take an unpaid full time internship, and struggled to get ahead because of it. But let me clarify a few things:

          + All of our interns have (and we expect them to have, and we work with them having) full time jobs, and often kids as well. Our internship probably requires about 2 hours a week, so it’s something that people fit into nights and weekends without a ton of strain. In fact, sometimes that two hours IS too much for people, at which point we give them a pass to stop participating till they have the time again. So YES, I agree with the article. The set up where you have to work full time at the NYTimes for free to land a full time gig is total bullshit. It also works that way in NYC in other arts professions, that I struggled in, and it’s a real problem. What we’re offering isn’t that, however. It’s a flexible 2 hours a week that we exclusively offer to people working other jobs, often with kids, where we work with them to make the internship possible… and try to help them turn it into an opportunity to land awesome paid work here, and at other places (like Buzzfeed), while still being able to work for a living.
          + Our internship costs us way more in staff time than working with paid freelance writers does. In short, APW invests a noticeable amount of cash from our balance sheet into offering this. We pay somewhat above the going rate for freelance writers, and it would be far more cost effective for us to just take work from more established writers, and pay them for their time. When you add up staff time invested in an intern writing piece, we’re probably paying double (and beyond that, probably paying about 4X our going rate when you look at traffic, since we’re not expecting interns to hammer out high traffic essays, since they don’t have the skills to do so coming in.) In short, we invest enough financial resources in this program that we couldn’t afford to offer it if we also paid. Hence, every year we wonder if we should scrap it, and then chat with past interns and decide to keep it going another year.
          + This isn’t a job. All new jobs do require learning, and APW employs a number of folks, who do a lot of learning on the job. However, what we expect our interns to do is LEARN not WORK. In fact, when we interviewed one of our interns this year, we offered her two options: we’d take her on as a paid freelance writer, or we’d take her on as an intern. We explained what both roles look like (one is a simple paid job, one is an educational program). She picked internship, even after we pushed her pretty hard in the other direction. She’ll stay on after December as a paid freelancer, but what she got out of the internship is very different than what she’ll get out of her freelance gig.

          So in short, we’ve weighed all of this internally, and continue to do so, pretty much monthly. I totally get that you might not agree with our decision, and or this position might not be for you. But as of now, I’m comfortable with it.

          We’ll also continue to hire people, both as staff, as staff writers, and as freelance writers. Beyond that, we’ll continue to work with our interns after their internships are up in paid positions.

          So that’s where we net out on things. In the past, when internships have not felt like they were meeting our internal requirements, we cut them. On a fundamental level, I like paying people. Our interns we happen pay in a different way, in a time and emotional investment in their careers and skills. We do so in a way that means they can continue meeting their other commitments, and respect and put those first.

          • La’Marisa-Andrea

            I think if you’re publishing pieces, i.e., work product of your interns, then they’re working. That IS labor. Something to think about as you continue to rework this in your head.

          • Hmm, I hear that, but let me throw this out there: when I was a young baby writer who was working weekend and interning at *very hipster high profile publication* I would have KILLED for a. feeback, b. support, c. a fuckin’ byline.

            Sure, we could have an internship where we *just* work on the craft of writing for the internet (as an aside, let’s be real: that would then be a workshop, and we’d charge for that, as teachers). So now they’re written something they are proud of. If we don’t publish it, see how it plays out with an audience, get feedback, apply it to the next piece, and build a real portfolio… they still don’t have too much to show for it.

            I had many, many pieces I did research and copy for get published under someone ELSE’s byline. That felt shitty. We are helping people reach a goal, and though I- like you- kinda thing unpaid internships devalue the marketplace, I think of what we do at APW as more of an apprenticeship…which I’m 100% for.

          • La’Marisa-Andrea

            I don’t know if I feel APW has to justify its choice. I’m less interested in that at this time and MORE interested in exploring why it’s ok to not pay people for their labor. This may or may not be the right time for that conversation. Idk. I I’m also not particularly interested in characterizing labor as something other than what it is. I get why APW might publish pieces and why companies might otherwise use their interns’ work product. But at its core: it’s still WORK. Women being paid for their labor is a pretty basic feminist value (even early feminists viewed tasks in the home as labor that should be compensated). My issue with unpaid internships isn’t that the devalue the market. My issue is that they devalue one’s labor period.

          • Becky

            Yes! This exactly, La’Marisa-Andrea!

          • Is your argument about PAY for labor or COMPENSATION for labor? In my mind they are separate things, so I think I’m having trouble understanding your argument. As in, I get your broader point about full-time unpaid internships that displace full-time employment, but not about this specific part-time unpaid internship where there is no expectation of it displacing regular employment.

            Legit, I’ve been going with this around and around in my head and I can’t figure out how the APW “internship” is problematic in and of itself as presented.To my eye it seems to be a pretty clear exchange of services (or barter) where I’d get support, feedback, instruction, and a byline for my portfolio and in exchange they’d have the right to print my work. So no, I wouldn’t be paid cash money for my labor; but you’d be hard pressed to say that I wasn’t compensated for my time.

            To be fair, I come from a background in healthcare, where we PAY for our training and internships.

          • La’Marisa-Andrea

            My reference to early feminists was to point out that even they felt women should be paid for their work. And they meant actual currency. I’m using compensated and paid interchangeably here and I mean MONEY. There are a host of reasons I think labor should be paid or compensated in real currency but it’s too long to get into here.

            My issue with APW’s setup and where I draw the line is that if you are using work product, if interns are doing work that a person would be paid to do, then they should be paid. APW does in fact publish pieces written by interns so to say that interns are not working is to mischaracterize the position.

            I think I’ve made it very clear in my comments that I believe people should be paid for their labor and certainly women should. That’s a core feminist value and I don’t think there’s anything I can to further clarify that position.

          • Okay thanks for the clarification. I don’t agree with all your points, but I definitely have plenty of food for thought.

          • Ah! I think, through @disqus_aQzEnW7SaT:disqus I begin to see now where we differ and where we agree—part of my vision of dismantling the patriarchy (and other systematic oppression) includes a heavy dose of bartering. I’d really love to get into different visions of itnersectional feminist agendas and the flaws and strengths of each (like, I really want to) but you are correct: perhaps this isn’t the best way to have this discussion.

            We’ll put that away as a topic for an essay in the future. And if you want to write an opinion piece on feminism and labor and $$$, that’s something I’d be open working on.

          • La’Marisa-Andrea

            Bartering? I mean historically this is what WOC, especially black women, have dealt with and push back against with the demand that they are paid in money. So no I’m not interested in a bartering system in exchange for my labor that has a real dollar value.

          • La’Marisa-Andrea

            I never said my issue was about internships displacing regular full time employment. That’s not my argument against them at all.

          • Oh, I think I wasn’t as clear as I could have been with that bit. I meant displace in the sense that one would have to choose between full-time paid employment and full-time unpaid internship; not that interns displace other employees. If that’s what you thought I was saying. About your thought.

            I’ll stop now before I muddy the waters any more than I already have.

            Sigh. Thoughtful, clear discussion on the internet it hard.

          • Danielle

            The designer Jessica Hische has a great flowchart called “Should I Work For Free?” that might be interesting to you or anyone involved in this discussion: http://shouldiworkforfree.com/

          • Becky

            The investments you mention are investments that good companies should and do make in their paid employees. They are important for developing young talent, but they are not arguments against the importance of paying those people for their work. And they certainly don’t address the more serious issue of class, gender and race that I many other smart ladies have brought up.

            I am very glad to know that APW thoughtfully reevaluates their decision regularly. I hope in the future you will decide it is important to pay your interns for their time and talent.

          • Riot

            And also, I think, to stop this idea that writing is something you don’t get paid for. I think it devalues the craft of writing, causing rates for writers to drop even further. But that may just be speculation on my part.

        • La’Marisa-Andrea

          I think this is a fair criticism. I ethically have issues with unpaid internships generally speaking and personally my view is, any work that you would pay someone to do, you should pay them. This discussion (maybe not about APW’s policies specifically ) I think is necessary for intersectional feminism. There’s this whole slew of “rules” I find that are supported by feminists bc hey, they’re rules! But they’re not really feminist, and certainly not from an intersectional feminist perspective. Not paying people for their labor (add women, then add woc and the layers just pile up), regardless of the set up, is arguably pretty anti-feminist. It seems to me that in a broader discussion re this, we should not start from the place of explaining why an unpaid internship is ok (here’s all the benefits, college credit etc) and maybe start with the question: why is it ever ok to not pay someone actual currency for their actual labor? It’s a question worthy of interrogation and even though it’s APW’s current policy is to have these internships, I would hope that the editors would continue to interrogate and explore all the nuances that are involved here.

      • Becky
    • Maddie Eisenhart

      Hey Chelsea,

      I hear what you’re saying about unpaid internships. Seeing as most of our staff do not come from the kind of backgrounds that would have made full-time unpaid internships even remotely possible, we are deeply sensitive to the fact that unpaid internships are often very, very problematic.

      The way the APW internship works is that it is 100% possible (and almost exclusively ends up being our reality) to work a full time job and do the APW internship. The time commitment is a requirement of a few hours every other week, depending on how much editing a piece needs/how much our interns want to put into the internship. Unlike our staff positions, the amount of time the staff puts into developing the work of our interns, and helping them figure out where they want to go next in their writing careers is probably double what the interns put in themselves. And at least for me, that’s sort of how I distinguish a valuable internship from an exploitative one: Is the intern more valuable to the employer than the internship is to the intern?

      When we simply want writing, we reach out to contributors who are paid at a competitive market rate, but do not get the kind of development and guidance from our team that interns do.

      Also, as someone who did do a number of unpaid internships in college (bolstered by the money saved up working summer jobs while being an RA), I do think there’s something valuable about internships when done right. It’s work with very limited responsibility. Interns should never be on the hook for anything with real world consequence. And that’s a really great place to learn. The online publishing world can be a dark place. Some writers prefer to cut their teeth interning for us than cold submitting to other publications.

      So that’s the sort of unofficial background for why we structure this internship the way we do. Obviously it’s an ongoing conversation with the team. But it’s not something we take lightly.

      Cheers,
      Maddie

      • I think it was just unclear from the initial post what the exact time commitment was for the internship (I know I read it a few times and wasn’t really able to come to a conclusion about whether or not it was something that would be feasible to do with a full-time job), so I’m glad you are clarifying it in the comments.

        • La’Marisa-Andrea

          I’m glad it was clarified too although that doesn’t change why it’s problematic to me even a tiny bit. See my earlier comment if interested. :-)

      • Becky

        I am going to push back on your argument, Maddie, not to be difficult or mean-spirited, but because I hope APW continues to reevaluate until the team comes to a different decision.

        “Unlike our staff positions, the amount of time the staff puts into developing the work of our interns, and helping them figure out where they want to go next in their writing careers is probably double what the interns put in themselves. And at least for me, that’s sort of how I distinguish a valuable internship from an exploitative one: Is the intern more valuable to the employer than the internship is to the intern? Or is it the reverse?”

        Shouldn’t this be the dynamic of all entry-level jobs, especially in a creative field? Cultivating new employees requires a great investment of time and guidance. I received such guidance as a new employee and have in turn given it as a supervisor. Also, this is not a matter of “exploitative internships” vs. “non-exploitative” internships, this is an issue with all internships, but especially those focused on women and woc.

        “The time commitment is a requirement of a few hours every other week, depending on how much editing a piece needs/how much our interns want to put into the internship.”

        Wouldn’t this potentially limit the experience of an intern who is at the same time working a full time (or more) job/raising a family/etc. vs. one that can afford to invest more of their unpaid time? Doesn’t that add to the problematic nature of unpaid?

        “When we simply want writing, we reach out to contributors who are paid at a competitive market rate, but do not get the kind of development and guidance from our team that interns do.”

        There is a significant difference between hiring a third party consultant/vendor/freelancer and hiring a staff member. The question of paid internships should not be framed as internship vs. freelance, but internship vs. staff member.

        “Also, as someone who did do a number of unpaid internships in college (bolstered by the money saved up working summer jobs while being an RA),”

        Kudos to you for working it in college, holding down jobs and unpaid internships. I have zero doubt you busted ass. BUT, working as an RA/saving summer monies is a very middle-class way to support yourself through college. What about the first generation college student who is working three part time jobs year-round to afford college? The student who is only barely managing part time classes while holding down a full time job? Or college while raising children? For those with less privilege, this is often the reality. These are the students who can’t take advantage of unpaid internships. They are then in direct competition for jobs post-graduation with those who were able to.

        As you continue to reevaluate, I sincerely hope you switch the tone away from why you shouldn’t pay interns, to reasons why you SHOULD: to help close the pay gap for women and people of color and to demonstrate that APW values their work; and to support the belief all people deserve to be paid a fair and living wage for any and all work.

      • Riot

        Hi Maddie, how often do you reach out to paid contributors, and where should I look out for it? Cheers.

  • Kat

    This might have been mentioned and I totally overlooked it because I’m half asleep, but can this be a remote internship?

    • Meg Keene

      Yes! Very remote, in fact. About half of our interns have been in other countries, over the years. None of them have ever been local (though if you are local, you can come hang out in our office now. PERKS!)

      • Kat

        Yaaaasss!
        Pulling my submission together now!

        And, to speak to some of the above concerns about unpaid internships, I’m a recent grad and my final semester required an internship. When I started looking, I was very put out about the lack of paid intern positions. And I know there are a TON of companies out there that take advantage of the “free” labor and don’t give their interns much in return. But my experience was completely the opposite. I found a mentor who was excited to share her wealth of knowledge, put me in contact with people who would be able to aid me after graduation, and even went so far as to spend her own personal time looking for job openings that she thought I would thrive in. To me, that guidance was more valuable than the minimum wage I might have been making elsewhere. I recognize that I was lucky to have parental support for this time period, and I appreciate that for a vast amount of young people, sacrificing that income is not possible. This is definitely not everyone’s experience, but it is an example of how an unpaid internship can be done really, really well when the employer truly has the interns best interests at heart (as I suspect APW does).

  • Per Rachel’s tip, I’m de-lurking myself after 6 years of loving APW! Imagining learning from and working with women that inspire me on the daily makes me want to get up and dance! I’m going to push through the “am I good enough?” fear spiral and pull together an application.

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  • I’m oddly tempted by this this time around. Hmm. We’ll have to see what happens in the next few weeks.

    • Sarah

      This is a few days old, but i love the few pieces you’ve done and would love to hear more from you. But with newish kids I imagine you’re pretty busy….

  • Rebekah Jane

    I’ve been in love with this website for a long time (and I might have applied for other positions at APW in the past). Getting the opportunity to work with and within an incredible community of feminists that also features pictures of sparkles and puppies wearing flower crowns? SIGN ME UP.

  • Amanda Fagan

    All of my writing up to this point have been about environmental issues and animal rights. I wish those could qualify as writing samples, I positively scream if I had this opportunity.

    • They can TOTALLY count. It’s more about tone than content.

  • Jess

    Just sent in my application!

  • Alexa

    It may be too late to get an answer for this, but are you looking for a “resume” that focuses on writing experience or one that includes a broader range of work and/or other activity that would be likely to influence our writing?

    Also, would an article that has been published on another (similar) website be acceptable as one of the two writing samples?

  • Real World Magic

    Have these internships been announced?

  • Jennee Rasavong

    I am SO sad that I missed this. I would have loved the opportunity to contribute to APW – this was certainly one my go-to resources for me while planning my own wedding last summer!