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Internships – design, journalism and interactive media


Circle of Blue Opportunities

Circle of Blue, the international journalism and science project reporting on the global freshwater crisis hosts great internships. Circle of Blue is the leading news organization at the front lines of the global freshwater crisis, reporting with first rate journalism and probing science the extreme challenges and complex solutions. We accept applications for interns throughout the year.

Our interns go places. Some have traveled to Australia, China and Europe as field producers and reporters. Others have gone on to work with Emmy-winning film producers. Our AIGA design interns have produced stunning info-graphics that have been recognized by leaders in design and journalism. Our interns have hailed from all corners, including Bulgaria and China.

Circle of Blue generates the fresh, objective reportage necessary for reasoned decision-making in the 21st century, while avoiding the “advocacy” label and adhering to SPJ and Poynter standards of journalism. Circle of Blue has presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival, World Economic Forum, Clinton Global Initiative and Aspen Environment Form. Circle of Blue is an independent nonprofit affiliate of the nonpartisan Pacific Institute, the leading think tank for water research and policy.

Circle of Blue is also co-founder of “Designing Water’s Future,” the groundbreaking international design competition created in partnership with AIGA, INDEX and Collins.

The positions involve original reporting and packaging of multimedia news for an international audience.

As a non-profit, Circle of Blue has limited internship positions that offer stipends; most positions are unpaid. The intern is responsible for housing, expenses and travel to and from Traverse City, MI.

Circle of Blue is also an official site for Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism Residency Program.


About Traverse City:

Circle of Blue’s offices are located in the historic Village at Grand Traverse Commons where one of the largest historic preservation and adaptive reuse redevelopments in the country is underway.

Learn more about Traverse City from the Traverse City Visitors & Convention Bureau and be sure to note the burgeoning Traverse City Film Festival.



  • Exceptional writing and communications skills.
  • Fluency in online media production, including video, audio and multimedia editing and packaging.
  • Ability to be productive under tight deadlines.
  • Strong research and analytical abilities, embracing all tools of enterprise reporting.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Fluent English required; fluent French, Spanish and/or Chinese a plus.
  • Savvy with advanced communications technology.
  • Keen attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Passion for journalism; intense curiosity and creative approach to challenging assignments.


  • Ready capacity to explore complex international issues and connections.
  • Previous success working across cultures, geography and time zones.
  • Experience navigating United Nations, governmental and NGO reports, studies and contacts.
  • International travel; first-hand experience with global water issues.
  • Apple Mac OSX savvy.

Cover letter, writing and/or multimedia samples, and two references required.

Email application to:


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