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Working As An Editing Internship

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $56,010

    Average Salary

What Does An Editing Internship Do

Editors plan, review, and revise content for publication.

Duties

Editors typically do the following:

  • Read content and correct spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors
  • Rewrite text to make it easier for readers to understand
  • Verify facts using standard reference sources
  • Evaluate submissions from writers to decide what to publish
  • Work with writers to help their ideas and stories succeed
  • Develop story and content ideas according to the publication’s style and editorial policy
  • Allocate space for the text, photos, and illustrations that make up a story
  • Approve final versions submitted by staff

Editors plan, coordinate, and revise material for publication in books, newspapers, magazines, or websites. Editors review story ideas and decide what material will appeal most to readers. During the review process, editors offer comments to improve the product, and suggest titles and headlines. In smaller organizations, a single editor may perform all of the editorial duties or share them with only a few other people.

The following are examples of types of editors:

Copy editors review text for errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling and check for readability, style, and agreement with editorial policy. They suggest revisions, such as changing words and rearranging sentences and paragraphs to improve clarity or accuracy. They also may carry out research, confirm sources for writers, and verify facts, dates, and statistics. In addition, they may arrange page layouts of articles, photographs, and advertising.

Publication assistants who work for book-publishing houses may read and evaluate manuscripts submitted by freelance writers, proofread uncorrected drafts, and answer questions about published material. Assistants on small newspapers or in smaller media markets may compile articles available from wire services or the Internet, answer phones, and proofread articles.

Assistant editors are responsible for a particular subject, such as local news, international news, feature stories, or sports. Most assistant editors work for newspaper publishers, television broadcasters, magazines, book publishers, or advertising and public relations firms.

Executive editors oversee assistant editors and generally have the final say about what stories are published and how they are covered. Executive editors typically hire writers, reporters, and other employees. They also plan budgets and negotiate contracts with freelance writers, who are sometimes called “stringers” in the news industry. Although many executive editors work for newspaper publishers, some work for television broadcasters, magazines, or advertising and public relations firms.

Managing editors typically work for magazines, newspaper publishers, and television broadcasters, and are responsible for the daily operations of a news department.

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How To Become An Editing Internship

A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English, combined with previous writing and proofreading experience, is typically required to be an editor.

Education

Employers generally prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English. They also prefer candidates with mass- or cross-media experience.

Those with other backgrounds who can show strong writing skills also may find jobs as editors. Editors who deal with specific subject matter may need previous related work experience. For example, fashion editors may need expertise in fashion that they gain through formal training or work experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many editors start off as editorial assistants, writers, or reporters.

Those who are particularly skilled at identifying good stories, recognizing writing talent, and interacting with writers may be interested in editing jobs. 

Other Experience

Editors also can gain experience by working on high school and college newspapers, and for magazines, radio and television stations, advertising and publishing companies, or nonprofit organizations. Magazines and newspapers also have internships for students. For example, the American Society of Magazine Editors offers a Magazine Internship Program to qualified full-time students in their junior or senior year of college. Interns may write stories, conduct research and interviews, and gain general publishing experience.

The ability to use computers is necessary for editors to stay in touch with writers and other editors and to work on the increasingly important digital media or online side of a publication. Familiarity with electronic publishing, graphics, Web design, and multimedia production is also important, because more content is being offered online.

Advancement

Some editors hold management positions and must make decisions related to running a business. For them, advancement generally means moving up to publications with larger circulation or greater prestige. Copy editors may move into original writing or substantive editing positions, or become freelancers.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Editors must be creative, curious, and knowledgeable in a broad range of topics. Some editors must regularly come up with interesting story ideas and attention-grabbing headlines.

Detail oriented. One of an editor’s main tasks is to make sure that material is error free and matches the style of a publication.

Good judgment. Editors must decide if certain stories are ethical or if there is enough evidence to report them.

Interpersonal skills. In working with writers, editors must have tact and the ability to guide and encourage them in their work.

Writing skills. Editors must ensure that all written content has correct grammar, punctuation, and syntax. Editors must be able to write clearly and logically.

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Editing Internship Career Paths

Editing Internship
Staff Writer Managing Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Producer Writer And Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Marketing Specialist Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Production Manager Art Director
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Marketing Manager Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Production Assistant Account Executive Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Social Media Manager Media Manager Associate Media Director
Digital Media Director
7 Yearsyrs
Reporter Producer Digital Producer
Digital Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Assistant Office Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Communications Specialist Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Editor Communications Manager Marketing Consultant
Head Of Marketing
6 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Writer And Editor Marketing Specialist
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Editor Writer And Editor Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Freelance Videographer/Editor Media Specialist Media Manager
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Editorial Assistant Communications Coordinator Media Relations Manager
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Search Engine Optimizer
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Reporter Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Editing Internship Demographics

Gender

Female

51.0%

Male

43.5%

Unknown

5.5%
Ethnicity

White

73.4%

Asian

13.4%

Hispanic or Latino

10.8%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.0%

French

14.4%

Chinese

10.7%

Mandarin

8.3%

Japanese

4.4%

German

4.1%

Korean

3.4%

Italian

3.2%

Cantonese

2.9%

Russian

2.2%

Arabic

2.0%

Portuguese

1.2%

Polish

1.0%

Turkish

0.7%

Danish

0.7%

Greek

0.7%

Hindi

0.5%

Bosnian

0.5%

Bengali

0.5%

Irish

0.5%
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Editing Internship Education

Schools

Florida State University

10.4%

New York University

6.9%

Temple University

6.7%

Brigham Young University

5.9%

Columbia College Chicago

5.9%

San Francisco State University

5.6%

Syracuse University

5.3%

University of Missouri - Columbia

5.1%

Boston University

5.1%

Arizona State University

4.5%

Full Sail University

4.5%

Fashion Institute of Technology

4.3%

Ball State University

4.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.0%

George Mason University

3.7%

University of Central Florida

3.7%

DePaul University

3.7%

University of Alabama

3.5%

Michigan State University

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%
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Majors

Communication

17.6%

Photography

16.2%

English

15.8%

Journalism

13.3%

Writing

8.6%

Digital Media

4.0%

Business

3.1%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Public Relations

2.7%

Fine Arts

2.3%

Political Science

2.1%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.8%

Psychology

1.6%

Marketing

1.6%

Journalism And Mass Communications

1.3%

Agricultural Public Services

1.2%

Entertainment Business

1.2%

History

1.0%

Education

0.9%

Economics

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

64.6%

Masters

17.5%

Other

10.8%

Associate

3.9%

Certificate

1.7%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.0%
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Top Skills for An Editing Internship

VideoFootageCompanyWebsiteAdobePhotoshopEditVideosFinalCutProAudioPressReleasesCommercialsBookReviewsYoutubeNewsStoriesSearchEngineOptimizationTwitterFactAdobeIndesignWebContentDVDHtmlPhotoShootsAdobePremierePro

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  1. Video Footage
  2. Company Website
  3. Adobe Photoshop
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  • Assisted with shooting and editing video footage for use on the company's website.
  • Promote Harley-Davidson Motorcycles through the company website and YouTube videos
  • Provided photography and graphics editing using Adobe Photoshop.
  • Edit videos for a production house in Manhattan Assist with production tasks at shoots
  • Logged tape, learned how to use Final Cut Pro 7 at a more proficient professional level.

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