Canadian Geographic wants you!
Canadian Geographic, the country’s fourth most-read magazine, takes on interns throughout the year at our head office in Ottawa. Duties for editorial interns include writing for the magazine, website and blog, fact-checking articles, research and story development as well as participation in editorial meetings.
Unfortunately, our internships are unpaid, but they will give you meaningful, fulfilling work experience, insight into the inner workings of an internationally-acclaimed 80-year-old magazine published by a not-for-profit society, and a head start on your career in the magazine industry.
Length of internships range from one to four months, and aren’t necessarily five days a week or eight hours a day (although preference is given to applications who can commit to full-time or near-full-time hours). We prefer students with either experience or interest in the environment, wildlife, history, culture and science journalism. While experience at journalism school is helpful, other candidates will be considered.
To apply, email [email protected] and send a cover letter, resume, three writing samples — or links to your photo/multimedia work, if applicable — and indicate what time period you’re available.
We don’t have formal writer’s guidelines because we believe that the best indication of what we are looking for can be found in back issues of the magazine itself. It’s important to be familiar with our magazine, its content, architecture, audience and tone before pitching.
Always send us your ideas in writing. You can email your query to [email protected].
We like ideas to be topical and current. We look to the quality of the writing in the proposal itself for indications of how well writers write. We also need ideas that mesh with our timelines; we often plan features more than a year before they’re published, although we can fit in shorter pieces for our front-of-book and back-of-book sections more quickly. And finally, be patient. We publish Canadian Geographic six times a year and Canadian Geographic Travel four times a year, and that means we only buy about 30 feature stories a year. Each of those stories represents a considerable investment for us in photography, cartography and the work of the handling editor. We consider good proposals carefully and many are rejected simply because, say, we have too many science stories from British Columbia on hand or too many wildlife stories from Newfoundland. Each issue is balanced geographically and thematically. If a particular issue has a strong story from Saskatchewan in it, then there is no possibility of us slotting another into the same issue. A rejection letter from us is often the result of a decision about our needs and not your skills.
Due to the volume of pitches we receive, we may not be able to respond to each query individually.