2018 MACKINAC ISLAND INTERNSHIP
Mackinac Island Town Crier
The Mackinac Island Town Crier internship is a unique opportunity for a hands-on, intensive
course in journalism. Students at the Town Crier are involved in every aspect of the newspaper.
Emphasis is on learning to write quickly and well and to involve oneself in the community.
Students who excel are those who approach the program as a valuable opportunity to expand their
learning beyond the university setting and who actively work to apply these lessons to improve
their work during the course of the summer.
The internship is 15 weeks long and priority will be given to students who can work one of the
following sets of dates: from Wednesday, May 16, to Wednesday, August 29 or from
Wednesday, May 9, to Wednesday, August 22. So that participating interns can commit all of
their energy and attention to the program, it is required that they not have other school or work
commitments taking place concurrently. The program is open to graduate and undergraduate
college students who are good writers and are interested in the relationship between a newspaper
and the community it serves.
Two interns are hired for the summer. They are paid and are provided a shared apartment. They
must supply their own bicycle and digital camera. They will work from an office on Mackinac
Island and be supported from the offices of The St. Ignace News on the mainland.
The Town Crier is published weekly for 18 consecutive weeks during the summers, from mid-
May to mid-September, and once in October, December, February, and April. Subscribers live
throughout the country.
Applications are being taken until Monday, February 5, and personal interviews with selected
candidates will be scheduled at The St. Ignace News office in St. Ignace during February and
Back issues of the Town Crier can be accessed free in the archive section of our website,
www.mackinacislandnews.com. Applicants are asked to review the newspaper and describe what
they see and what they hope to learn from the internship.
To apply, please provide:
1) cover letter
3) two academic and/or professional letters of reference
4) three writing samples (published or unpublished)
5) a one-page review of the Town Crier and what you hope to learn from the internship.
Application materials should be sent to editor Ellen Paquin at The St. Ignace News by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail in care of The St. Ignace News, PO Box 277, Saint Ignace
MI 49781. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Paquin by calling (906) 643-9150 or by e-mail.