Owned by Emmis Communications, Orange Coast has been the magazine of Orange County for more than 40 years, providing readers with a lively, humorous, insightful, and credible regional publication.
The company’s unpaid editorial internship program, overseen by Associate Editor Astgik Khatchatryan, is comprehensive, providing college students instruction in fact-checking, magazine writing, and critical thinking. The program reflects well on resumés and graduate school applications, and gives students with an up-close look at how a fantastic editorial department works. Internships are limited to applicants enrolled in an accredited college who may receive classroom credit for their work at Orange Coast. Upon completion of the program, each intern must submit a final written report about their experience to the company and his/her school.
Interns should be prepared to commit 10 to 20 hours a week for at least 12 weeks, and to set a schedule that will be adhered to throughout the duration of the program. Interns should not simultaneously maintain positions at any of Orange Coast’s competition publications.
As part of the application process, students are asked to submit thumbnail pitches of three story ideas or interview possibilities that would be appropriate for the magazine’s Coast Lines pages—these regular features are found in the front of the book and are fun, quick peeks into life in Orange County. For example, in one issue, we deconstructed Anaheim Duck goalie Jonas Hiller’s helmet, in another issue we highlighted some of our favorite baristas, and, in yet another, we downloaded whale-watch pilot Dave Anderson. The Coast Lines sections we’d like to see pitches for are Person of Interest, Trade Secrets, Quotes, Stats, Deconstruction, or O.C.’s Own.
If a student is invited to our offices for an interview with Astgik, he or she should be prepared to discuss these ideas based on preliminary research, in the event that any of the three suggestions prove suitable for publication.
Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, three thumbnail ideas for Coast Line feature pages, and at least one writing sample to [email protected]