Internship Information

Mississippi Magazine was launched with its first issue in September/October of 1982. Since this time the magazine has become a reading staple for Mississippians. Mississippi Magazine is a bimonthly publication that celebrates the positive points of our state—from interesting people and places to homes, gardens, food, history, culture, special events, and more.

The Mississippi Magazine internship program is designed specifically for college students who seek a career in publishing. It also provides colleges and universities with a venue to offer students experience to build their resume and give them an advantage necessary in today’s job market. We accept applications for graphic design, sales and marketing/social media, and editorial/writing positions.

Please note: Mississippi Magazine does not offer compensation or provide housing for interns, but does work with colleges and universities to allow for college credit.

Application process

  • For Editorial and Sales/Marketing positions, submit application packet with a cover letter to:
    Melanie M. Ward
    Mississippi Magazine
    PO Box 16445
    Jackson, MS 39236

  • For Graphic Design/Creative positions, submit application packet with a cover letter to:
    Bonnie Dickerson
    Art Director
    Mississippi Magazine
    PO Box 16445
    Jackson, MS 39236

  • Application Deadlines:
    Spring (January - May) Due: November 15th
    Summer (June - August) Due: March 30th
    Fall (September - December) Due: June 15th

  • Applications must be received by midnight on the designated due date. If the deadline falls on Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday will be the due date.

A complete application packet includes:

  • Completed application form (see pdf link below)

  • Personal essay detailing the student’s interest in publishing and Mississippi Magazine, what they hope to gain from the experience, what they hope to contribute, overall plans for their career, information regarding courses taken, previous internships, positions on a school publication, and publications regularly read

  • Two letters of recommendation from one or more of the following who know the student’s abilities well:
    a. Dean
    b. Department head
    c. Professor
    d. School newspaper or magazine advisor
    e. Other related advisor/employer

  • Addtional items, specific to area of interest
    For editorial consideration: 2 published writing samples (if available, not required)
    For creative consideration: a portfolio containing up to 10 pieces of work

All applications must be typewritten. Incomplete applications, or applications with poor grammar, syntax, or spelling will not be considered. Any and all application materials become the property of Mississippi Magazine and will not be returned.

Selection process:

Interns are chosen based on the magazine’s current needs and evaluation of the completed application package. Strong consideration is given to students with publication, journalism, or production experience. Specifically, students who demonstrate the following:

  • Academic courses in English and/or journalism, (including writing, editing, reporting, advertising, graphic design, public relations, marketing, or photography)

  • Involvement in a campus publication (magazine, newspaper, or newsletter)

  • Applications are due by midnight on the date specified. All applications are reviewed and applicants will be notified within four weeks following the closing date.

  • Once an applicant is notified of acceptance, they must provide written confirmation of their intention to accept the position within two weeks, via email or USPS.

Please do not contact the magazine for application status.

Click here for the intern application (PDF)