Due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to suspend hiring for the West Wing Writers internship program until further notice. For updates on future application cycles, please follow us on Twitter @westwingwriters. For more information about internships at West Wing Writers, visit our FAQ.

West Wing Writers Internship

Maybe you’ve got an ear for rhythm, an eye for detail, a mind for research — and a stomach for revision, revision, revision

Maybe you’ve been mesmerized by a soaring keynote, or fidgeted through a dull one, and wondered about the process that makes speeches what they are. Maybe you’ve been inspired by a powerful essay, or read one and thought, “I could make that better!”

If so, you might be just the person we’re looking for.

West Wing Writers offers full-time, paid internships to a select few candidates who are interested in learning more about a career in speechwriting and strategic communications.

We don’t expect interns to have written speeches before, but we do want people who love to write and are excellent researchers; people who are creative, curious, thoughtful, motivated, and dependable.

As an intern, you’ll be an integral part of the West Wing Writers team, learning about, observing, and even contributing to the process by which big ideas are formed, articulated, and amplified. All our interns are paired with an on-staff mentor who provides feedback and guidance throughout the internship, and will have the opportunity to learn about research and writing through structured seminars and a variety of projects.

Our interns have gone on to write for leaders at the Human Rights Campaign, Teach for America, Planned Parenthood, and YouTube; for foreign ambassadors, senators, and cabinet secretaries — even for the President of the United States.

The internship is full-time — 9 a.m.–6 p.m., five days a week — and interns receive $3,000 (pre-tax) each month.

The internship is only open to college juniors, seniors, and alumni.

West Wing Writers is committed to a diverse workplace. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Requirements:

  • Extensive research experience
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Demonstrated interest in writing and communications
  • Authorized to work and accept new employment in the United States

We are currently not accepting internship applications. For updates on when the next application period begins, you can follow us on Twitter @westwingwriters.

Apply Today!

Disruption Books Internship

Maybe you’ve been known to get lost in a book store, or maybe your to-be-read pile is dangerously tall.

Maybe you love spreading the word about an amazing memoir or novel you just read — writing thoughtful reviews on Goodreads and bookstagramming your current read. Or, do you ever read a book description that doesn't do a story justice and wish you could help the author better reach her readers?

If so, you might be just the person we’re looking for.

Disruption Books, a subsidiary of West Wing Writers, offers a full-time, paid internship to a select candidate who is interested in learning more about a career in book publishing and promotion.

We don’t expect an intern to be an aspiring author or to have edited a book before, but we do want someone who loves to work on the business side of the book world and has a flair for helping authors make their work shine — whether on the shelf or on social media; someone who is creative, curious, thoughtful, motivated, and dependable.

As an intern, you’ll be an integral part of the Disruption Books team, learning about, observing, and even contributing to the process by which books are conceived and brought to market. The intern is paired with an on-staff mentor who provides training, feedback, and guidance throughout the internship, and will have the opportunity to learn about research and writing through structured seminars.

The internship is full-time — 9am-6pm, five days a week — and interns receive a $3,000 stipend each month.

College graduates, graduate students, and college juniors and seniors are eligible to apply.

Disruption Books and West Wing Writers are committed to a diverse workplace. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Requirements:

  • Extensive research experience
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Demonstrated interest in writing and communications
  • Authorized to work and accept new employment in the United States
Apply Today!

We are currently not accepting internship applications. For updates on when the next application period begins, you can follow us on Twitter @westwingwriters.

Intern Alumni Highlight

Lisa Berglund

Summer 2012, DC

Where do you live now?
Washington, DC.

What did you do immediately after your time at West Wing Writers?
I was an admissions counselor at the University of Maryland.

What are you doing now?
I am an Associate Director of Research at EAB (Education Advisory Board). I also founded and write for a travel and lifestyle website, Washington Weekender. 

What is your favorite memory from your time at West Wing Writers?
Co-writing a Huffington Post piece ranking baseball Hall of Fame speeches.

What is one piece of advice you would give to future West Wing Writers interns?
Get experiences with as many different types of projects as you can!

September 2020

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