L.A. Times Summer Data Desk Internship 2016 (Paid)

L.A. Times Summer Data Desk Paid Internship 2016

Deadline: April 1, 2016

Applications are now open for a summer internship at The Los Angeles Times on their Data Desk. The Data Desk is a team of reporters and computer programmers that works with journalists in The Times newsroom to collect, organise, analyse and present large amounts of information in order to tell stories.

The team is responsible for the full development stack from:

  • Systems administration on Amazon EC2.
  • Database development with PostgreSQL.
  • Offline analysis with Python, R and SQL.
  • Application development with Python and Django to build custom maps, apps and products.
  • Front end design for database applications and long-form storytelling.
  • English news writing to pen the occasional story.

Past interns who have worked with the team have gone on to successful careers working with data at The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Associated Press, Vox Media, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Factual.


The internships are for students who have not worked professionally as staff journalists.

Applicants must be actively working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree and must be eligible to work in the U.S. Graduates may qualify if you’ve finished school within six months of the start of the internship.


The position is paid, although no other details of other benefits have yet been supplied.

How to Apply

Submissions must be sent by email or mail, and have to include-

  • A cover letter
  • A resume with three references
  • A one-page personal essay (there is no prompt for the essay).
  •  Links to up to 10 work samples and your GitHub account, if available.

For more information, visit the L.A Times Summer Data Desk Internship.