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May 25 / Joel Cordes

Internship Insider: Why the B/R Internship is where it’s at

As the Bleacher Report Sportswriting Intern Program enters its third summer, we continue expanding opportunities that few if any sports journalism internships can match.

Whether you’re still in college, a Bleacher Report veteran or just a sportswriter who wants to hone your skills, here’s the chance to increase your exposure and walk the cutting edge of the online publishing world.

In less than three months, you’ll learn how to get the most out of search engines, write compelling leads and hard-hitting analysis, improve your copy-editing skills, dig into your favorite sports topics AND stretch beyond your comfort zone.

By taking on a diverse array of weekly long-range assignments, along with an on-call newsroom experience, you’ll improve your efficiency, style and depth.

Your work will be published on the Bleacher Report website, with chances to appear in our newsletters and online apps.

Our experienced training team includes graduates from the program itself, plus backgrounds in sportswriting, copy editing and education. You’ll develop valuable connections, mentors and advocates through weekly personal feedback and daily interaction with your peers and instructors.

The internship not only offers a portfolio-building experience for college credit, but is also one of B/R’s main training pipelines for the Featured Columnist program. In fact, many of the site’s most-read, highest-profiled and best-paid writers rose to “stardom” during or immediately after participating with our team.

Plus, you can do it all from the comfort of your own couch.

There are no guarantees; you’ll get only what you put into the experience.

Yet, along with all the necessary perseverance and dedication, being an internship alumni automatically puts you on multiple radars. Capable graduates become part of the company’s hiring pipeline, gaining access to event-specific, part-time and even full-time gigs at Bleacher Report.

The best of the best go on to internship immortality (quite the résumé dressing!)

Sound too good to be true? Here’s proof that career advancement happens a lot more frequently than you might think.

Just as an example, more than a third of the site’s breaking news department editors, half of its writers and more than three quarters of all tryouts are graduates of the internship program.

If you have the dream, talent and drive, now is the time to challenge yourself and stretch your skills even further.

Applications are still being accepted for the 2012 Fall Semester. See you then!

Check out all the details here.

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Joel C. Cordes is Bleacher Report’s Sports Writing Internship Program Feedback Editor. Along with fellow editor Greg Pearl, he develops B/R interns by providing feedback and mentoring, the highlights of which are shared with the B/R Blog here.

  • Michael Schottey

    The one thing this post fails to mention is that the internship is where it’s at because of the fantastic people who work with it…Kudos to Max Tcheyan, Andrew Brining, Neri Stein, Greg Pearl, Andrew Kulha and Jeff Chase along with the author here, Joel Cordes. They do great work!

    • Joel Cordes

      Thanks for the kind words, Mike… you forgot to mention your role as one of the original internship patriarchs… you helped to build this wild ride too.

  • Aaron Dodge

    “There are no guarantees; you’ll get only what you put into the experience.”

    • Joel Cordes

      Lookin’ forward to having you on board, Aaron.

  • Anonymous

    Start Monday. Can’t wait!

    • Joel Cordes

      We’re excited to have such a great class. It’s going to be an awesome summer!

  • Scott Carasik

    I love this. I’m excited to be a part of the internship come monday.

    • Joel Cordes

      Rock and roll, man. We’re ready to go!