Q. I want to apply for an internship at West Wing Writers. When does the application window open?
A. Applications for our summer internship typically open in December. Applications for our Fall internship typically open in April. Our Winter/Spring internship application typically opens in August. In each case, the application window is open for 2-4 weeks, and the deadline will be clearly posted. All dates are subject to change, however, so for specific postings and deadlines, please check our internships page, or follow us on Twitter.
Q. I missed the deadline for sending in an internship application; can I apply late?
A. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept late submissions for any reason.
Q. I made a mistake on my application; can I re-submit it?
A. If the application window is still open, then yes! Just re-submit your application, and send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know, so we can delete the old one. Once the application window closes, we are unable to accept resubmissions.
Q. I applied to the internship previously; can I submit the same application materials I used before?
A. We certainly won’t stop you! That said, we know that writing improves with practice. We encourage all applicants to submit their very best writing and their most recent resume.
Q. How many interns do you usually hire? Where do they work?
A. We typically hire 7 interns each cycle: 4 in our Washington, DC office, 2 in our New York office, and 1 in our San Francisco office. However, these numbers are subject to change depending on the needs of the firm.
Q. Do you accept part-time interns? Remote interns?
A. No. All our interns are expected to work full-time, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, in one of our three offices.
Q. How are interns compensated?
A. Our interns are paid twice a month ($1,500 each time, pre-tax). The first and last payments for the internship may be pro-rated based on the agreed upon start and end dates.
In addition, we offer our incoming interns an advance of $2,000 before they arrive, to help them secure housing. If the advance is accepted, a portion of the total amount will be deducted from their first few paychecks until it is fully paid back.
Q. I submitted an application. When can I expect to hear back?
A. Depending on the volume of submissions we receive, it typically takes us between 2 and 4 weeks after the application deadline to review all applications and send a response. If you haven’t received an email from us, please be sure to check your spam and junk folders before inquiring.
Q. I wasn’t selected for the internship. Can you give me feedback on my application? What kinds of experience do you look for in interns?
A. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive (hundreds of submissions each cycle), we are unable to offer specific feedback to individual applicants. In general, however, we advise aspiring interns to continue reading, researching, and writing as much as possible.
Q. Are interns ever hired for permanent positions at West Wing Writers?
A. Yes — in fact, around half of our current associates and directors are former West Wing Writers interns. That said, hiring decisions depend on the needs of the firm at any given time. We cannot guarantee that there will be any open positions at the end of a particular intern cycle.
Q. What sorts of jobs will this internship prepare me for?
A. Our interns have gone on to lead successful careers in communications, politics, law, business, non-profits, academia, and a variety of other fields. Some have written for leaders of major non-profits, Fortune 500 executives, senators, cabinet secretaries, and even the President of the United States. Others have gone to graduate school — earning MFAs, MBAs, PhDs, and JDs — or joined political campaigns. And we’re proud that a number of our former interns have remained at West Wing Writers to this day.