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New internship opportunities available with The Rapidian

New internships have been made available for next semester and are open to the general public and students from all majors and colleges.
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You can also find the complete list of internships here.


All inquiries prior to submitting your application can be sent to  [email protected].


We are looking to fill positions by mid January.

Rapidian interns hard at work

Rapidian interns hard at work /Renato Delos Reyes

At The Rapidian, we are constantly looking for ways to improve and develop citizen journalism. We vehemently believe in increasing the flow of hyperlocal news to the Grand Rapids Community and are working to create a culture where people throughout the community can become both content consumers and content producers.

As The Rapidian continues to grow, we are coming to the realization that part of providing and supporting hyperlocal content is the need to provide educational support in the form of journalism and reporter trainings.

We have been hard at work refining an educational curriculum for our new internship and residency program. This curriculum will help prepare individuals that are passionate about citizen journalism and hyperlocal news to improve their storytelling abilities.

With the development of our program, The Rapidian would like to share these new internship and residency opportunities with you all.

These positions are not exclusively for writing or journalism majors. The Rapidian encourages all majors at all local colleges to apply, in addition to non-students.

While we do expect skilfull writing capabilities for most of our positions, we are looking for people that are passionate about storytelling and community building. If you have an idea for an internship opportunity that we have not listed, please do not hesitate to contact The Rapidian.

We are always looking for new ways to perpetuate citizen journalism and hyperlocal news. The Rapidian is excited to start the new year with new people and fresh ideas, so please check out the opportunities to join our team:

Community Innovation Intern:

The Rapidian is seeking a community innovation intern that will build relationships with local innovation and entrepreneurial hubs to build up our Innovation Spotlight section. The intern will be responsible for reaching out to local businesses and innovation hubs, as well as creating engaging and useful content about what it takes to be an innovator in the West Michigan area. Applicants with a keen interest in finding out not only what is happening now but learning about the history of innovation in the area and who was behind the story are encouraged to apply.

Learn more about the specifics here.

Beat Intern:

The Rapidian is seeking a beat intern to build a core community of citizen journalists reporting on content from one specific area of interest. The intern will identify interested reporters, encouraging, inspiring and working with them on articles. The intern will also be creating content him/herself that is geared towards the specific subject matter. Currently, The Rapidian is in need of starting a local writer’s beat. Future beat internship areas will be advertised as they become available. Applicants interested as much in building a community as they are in building content are encouraged to apply.

Learn more about the specifics here.

Content Intern:

The Rapidian is seeking a content intern with a strong interest in reporting. The content intern will cover assigned news stories, immediately publishable, and create evergreen pieces to be published at The Rapidian’s discretion. Content is not limited to written content, but may also include or exclusively be audio, video and photography.

Learn more about the specifics here.

Bilingual (Spanish & English) Intern:

The Rapidian is seeking a bilingual intern that can demonstrate strong speaking, writing, and listening skills in both Spanish and English. This intern will be responsible for creating educational tools for our Spanish-speaking readership and potential reporters. Along with creating these tools, this intern will be expected to present the information in front of groups while working with those groups to best understand how to use The Rapidian. It is also expected that this intern have the ability to translate articles from English to Spanish in written form, without compromising the meaning of each reporter's work.

Learn more about the specifics here.

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