Are You A Young Area Creative Or Aspiring Journalist Who Already Loves Dallas Culture? Well, Do We Have The Perfect Opportunity For You!

The weather’s getting colder, which means the holiday season is fast approaching. And if you’re a student at one of North Texas’ many great higher-learning institutions, that means you should probably start thinking about what the spring semester might have in store for you.

Well, allow us to suggest a possible addition to your list of goals: You should consider being one of our spring interns.

It’s a cool opportunity, interning with us. If you’re already a Central Track reader, then you already know that we’ve made it our mission to keep our eyes firmly locked on all things Dallas culture-related, and that we bust our tails doing our best to report on the city from angles that differ from those of all the other media companies around town. You also know, too, that we aren’t scared to tell it like it is — presuming, of course, that the facts back up our arguments.

Does it sound like helping us in that mission might be up your alley? Then please take a minute to read the below descriptions of the internships we’re offering on our team this upcoming spring!

  • Editorial Interns. Ideal candidates here are not just interested in Dallas culture (music, nightlife, fashion, restaurants, bars, etc.), but also at least a little familiar with it. Applicants should be strong, efficient and prolific writers. Responsibilities will include assisting in our day-to-day operations, maintaining and contributing to our daily event previews and crafting other articles for publication, both pitched and assigned.
  • Photography/Graphic Design Interns. The perfect candidates here should be well-versed in all aspects of the Adobe Suite, and creators in their own rights. We seek interns who are eager to help our writing staff better visualize their stories, and who are also capable of telling their own stories through visual means. Responsibilities will include photo editing, creating infographics and shooting events that take place throughout the market.
  • Social Media/Marketing/Branding Interns. Candidates here should be obsessed with social media, events and branding, and well-versed in Google’s G Suite Responsibilities include conceiving and executing social media campaigns, assisting with event production, graphic design, photo editing and helping out with other branding efforts, both inside and outside of our office.
  • Video Interns. Ideal candidates here should be well familiar with the many moving parts involved in video creation. Responsibilities will include assisting on video shoots, logging footage, pre-editing, editing, working on motion graphics, applying text overlays and more. Previous work experience with Adobe Premiere and After Effects is a must.

Any of those descriptions sound like you? Well, you should definitely keep reading as we share more details about our internships.

First of all, you should know that internships with Central Track are currently unpaid, but could lead to paid opportunities in short order. Still, top candidates for these positions should be currently enrolled in a college or university, and able to receive class credit in exchange for their work experience. (If you’re not sure what your school’s rules are in regards to this sort of thing, ask your advisers and counselors if earning credit for an internship is a possibility. Spoiler: It probably is.)

As for what an internship with Central Track looks like in terms of workload requirements? We ask that our interns come into our Deep Ellum offices at least 10 to 15 hours every week, somewhere between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. each Monday through Friday. We’ll work with you to customize a schedule that works well for both your needs and ours. Just please keep in mind that you will be expected to provide your own laptop, and your own transportation to and from the office. Acquiring any other basic gear that may be necessary for your field — like, say, a camera, if you’re applying for the photography internship — is also on you.

What will you learn during your time with us? Well, we asked current Central Track intern Daniel Valdez — yes, that’s him pictured atop this post — just that!

“Interning here has really helped me hone the craft of my writing,” he says. “When writing about culture, it’s temptingly easy to lapse into press-release-regurgitation mode — but that’s boring as hell for both the reader and the writer.”

Indeed. Daniel’s had a great run with us this semester, publishing a profile on The Round-Up Saloon, compiling this collection of Dallas-area ghost stories, previewing Dallas’ first-ever Dia De Los Muertos parade, writing about the giant deuce that got dropped in Klyde Warren Park and even contributing to our “Why The State Fair of Texas Sucks” series, among other tasks.

Do those projects sound like the kinds of thing you’d like to do? If so, please shoot an email to Central Track editor Alec Spicer at alec [at] centraltrack [dot] com — and be sure to put “2020 SPRING INTERNSHIP” in the subject line so that he can easily find it. Within your email, please include a resume, some links or attachments to work samples that align with the position you seek, and a cover letter that briefly details why you think you’d be a good fit for an internship at Central Track.

The deadline for applying for a Spring 2020 internship is 5 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019.

Applications sent in even one minute after that will not be accepted — deadlines are a thing in this field! — so please hit us up well before then if you want in on this action.

Cool? Cool.

We look forward to hearing from you all!

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