AltPress Internships


Alternative Press Media is looking for motivated and creative editorial, marketing, production and advertising interns to join our staff this summer. AP is celebrating its 31st year as a media company, and has expanded from its long-established print brand into concert series, touring, events (Alternative Press Music Awards, Vans Warped Tour, etc). Interns will receive hands-on experience at the forefront of alternative music and youth culture. Passionate voices are welcomed and essential here. AP crosses several formats, with print, digital, video and online editions, and maintains a thriving social media presence.

A typical internship is usually 20 hours per week. We accept applications year-round, but our summer positions fill quickly. Applicants must be able to live in Cleveland for the duration of the internship.

Recent graduates (within two years) are also welcome to apply.

To apply, please send a resume, a cover letter explaining what you would bring to AP, three clips of your work (editorial applicants only) and contact information for references to [email protected], or mail to:

Alternative Press Magazine
Internship Department
1305 West 80th Street, Suite 214
Cleveland, Ohio, 44102-3045

2019-2020 Semesters

Please indicate in the subject line which session you are applying for.

*Incomplete applications will be discarded.

A sample of duties and requirements:

  • Hands-on experience writing and news gathering for both our print and online platforms.
    • Copyediting and fact-checking duties (knowledge of AP Style is a plus).
    • Working with high-profile musicians and music industry professionals.
    • Working in the backend of to create original features and input features submitted by the AP freelance team. Learning basic HTML and SEO practices.

Our ideal candidate is a skilled writer with a strong voice and strong opinions. We’re looking for intellectually curious candidates who are passionate about the punk and/or alternative music scene that AP covers, love pop culture, have a knack for storytelling or criticism and are deeply motivated. Blogging experience is helpful.

All editorial applications can be addressed to Rabab Al-Sharif.

Do I need to be studying journalism or English to get an internship in the editorial department?
Even more important than the courses you take in school is your command of the English language. If you can put cohesive thoughts down on paper, edit for proper grammar and spelling, and fact-check your work, you are already ahead of the game. Any English, writing, journalism, communication and music appreciation courses you can take definitely won’t hurt, but our editors and freelancers come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds, so don’t pigeonhole yourself.

What are some things I can do to get music journalism experience?
Start your own webzine or a music blog to showcase your work. Be aware of the scene you enjoy, and soak up any knowledge you can about new bands. The better you understand your source material, the better your writing will be.

If you are in high school or college, join the newspaper staff or campus magazine, and be willing to take a beat outside of music and entertainment if you have to at first. Clips and experience count. Research the submission policies for your local alt-weekly newspaper and submit show or album reviews. You might not get paid, but you will get experience.
Most importantly, keep writing constantly. Even if no one but you or your blog followers see your concert reviews, the more you learn to express your opinions via writing, the better your clips will be when you get a chance to publish an article.

A sample of duties and requirements:

  • Writing and publishing posts to AltPress social networks
    • Knowledge and experience working with social media publishing and analytics tools for brands
    • Research marketing tools and stay up-to-date on marketing/social media trends
    • Work directly with Marketing Department on campaigns
    • Assist with managing nationwide street team
    • Maintain shared calendar with all marketing objectives
    • Respond to customer service inquiries on social networks
    • Must have advanced knowledge of social networks: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat, Vine, etc.
    • Must be organized and have basic knowledge using Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Google Drive/Docs

Marketing interns work in tandem with AP marketing team, sitting in on meetings and assisting in the process of planning monthly campaigns for the magazine, events (AP Music Awards, Warped Tour, etc), mobile app, merch store while engaging with fans via social media. We encourage interns to voice their opinion, provide input on projects and use their creativity throughout their internship.

Do I need to be studying marketing?
Yes. It is important that you are interested in marketing concepts and have already taken classes covering marketing, advertising and communication basics. This internship requires contact with clients and posting to AltPress social networks, so strong written and verbal communication skills are a must.

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A sample of duties and requirements:

  • Must have good working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. Basic HTML knowledge needed. Any programming/scripting/CSS skills a plus.
    • Page layout & advertising/promotional design
    • Update online content and promotional areas
    • Create new pages/sections for mobile and web
    • Create digital assets

Do I need to be studying art or graphic design to get an internship in the art department?
Yes. It’s important that you have both a passion for art and design, plus a working knowledge of computer-aided design software.

What else can I do to make my application stand apart?
Applicants who design their own promotional site often stand out. If you have a personal promotional site the highlights your experience and samples of your work, please include the link in your application.

A sample of duties and requirements:

  • Assist with client and market research
    • Solicit and secure new small business advertising accounts
    • Assist with a variety of advertising department tasks daily

Do I need to be studying marketing or advertising to get an internship in the advertising department?
Yes. It is important that you are interested in marketing concepts and have had some classes covering marketing, advertising and communication basics. This internship requires contact with clients, so strong communication and marketing skills are a must.

For school credit in the following ares of study: Marketing, Sales, Merchandising, or Business Management.

A sample of duties:

  • Assist in hard inventory and inventory management
    • Research: market, prices, wholesalers, logistics
    • Assist in online sales and growth
    • Aid in the creation of new sales and promotions

Knowledge of the following:

  • Apple operation system
    • Microsoft Office suite
    • Basic data entry
    • Basic accounting
    • Must also be able to lift at least 50 lbs


Are internships at AP paid?
No. We do not offer paid internships.

When are internships offered?
We typically offer internships during both the fall and spring semesters, as well as the summer. Internships can last as long as necessary within those parameters to meet individual internship requirements.

How many hours a week would I work?
We do not schedule interns for more than 20 hours a week. Days, hours and shifts are all flexible, depending on your school’s internship requirements and the departments’ needs.