Texas Tribune Student Fellowships

Texas Tribune 2016 fellows

The Texas Tribune — a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization — offers paid fellowships to college students. The positions are part time in the spring and fall, and full time in the summer. They are based in our Austin newsroom, except for the Washington, D.C., reporting fellowship.

Recent graduates are eligible for the summer program, but spring and fall fellows must be enrolled undergraduate or graduate students while they work at the Tribune. You may apply for more than one position.

The deadline for the spring 2020 program is Oct. 4. Please use our form to apply for spring.

The deadline for the summer 2020 program is Nov. 15. Please use our form to apply for summer.

We are not yet accepting applications for fall 2020.

For general questions about the fellowship program, please contact Managing Editor Corrie MacLaggan, cmaclaggan@texastribune.org. We do not accept applications by email. See below for information about each fellowship.


Art Fellowship

We are seeking digital creatives who have experience using the Adobe Creative Suite to produce design and digital illustration. Join our team if you are looking to exercise your creative production skills using the latest techniques and digital workflow for a wide variety of projects. Our creative team combined has decades of experience across all media platforms and are looking forward to working with inspiring your design and creative style.

Questions? Contact Chief Creative Officer Jacob Villanueva, jvillanueva@texastribune.org.


Engineering Fellowship

The Tribune’s six-person engineering team supports technology efforts across the organization, including the core website and content management system, membership services, platform integrations, and analytics products. We’re looking for a fellow to help expand on and integrate these tools and systems; the ideal candidate would have experience with JavaScript or Python, as well as a mix of experience with Git, web technologies/standards (HTML+CSS) and data processing/analysis.

Specific projects will be informed by the skills and interests of the fellow, but themes might include work with automated testing and Continuous Integration, ETL processing, and site performance and accessibility standards. Fellows will participate in bi-weekly sprints, work directly with engineers, and collaborate with departments including editorial, art, membership and sponsorship; this is a new fellowship position and fellows will be encouraged to help shape it.

(Note: This is not an editorial role or data visuals position.)

Questions? Contact Director of Engineering Liam Andrew, landrew@texastribune.org


Engagement Fellowship

We’re hiring fellows to help engage audiences in our politics and policy coverage across platforms. This may include packaging Tribune stories for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat; contributing to our daily newsletters; helping produce live discussions for our readers; and pitching and editing short-form videos or other original content for social readers.

Ideal candidates should have:

Questions? Contact Social Media Editor Bobby Blanchard, bblanchard@texastribune.org.


Events Fellowship

We're looking for a fellow to join our events team to help coordinate, promote and execute some of the Tribune's 60+ annual events. The fellow will be responsible for crafting event listings, devising and executing an event promotional strategy and managing event production tasks. We're looking for a creative self-starter who is reliable, quick on her or his feet and is comfortable managing multiple projects at once. The events fellowship is available for spring but not for summer.

Questions? Contact Assistant Director of Events & Programming Jessica Weaver, jweaver@texastribune.org.


Marketing and Communications Fellowship

We’re looking for a fellow to help strategize and coordinate media relations and partnerships for news, enterprise projects and events at The Texas Tribune. The fellow will be responsible for building relationships with Texas and national media, devising a plan for distributing Tribune content and managing editorial partnerships and in-kind Texas Tribune Festival partnerships. The fellow will also write media materials including releases, pitches and promotional copy for investigations and projects. We’re looking for a strong writer who is reliable, quick on his or her feet and wants to have a big impact on an innovative newsroom in a fast-paced setting.

Questions? Contact Natalie Choate, director of marketing and communications, nchoate@texastribune.org.


Multimedia Fellowship

Help bring stories to life through a fellowship with The Texas Tribune's growing multimedia team. Do everything from creating zippy social media shorts to livestreaming breaking news to assisting with long-form documentaries. Pitch, shoot and edit exciting Texas news stories for an engaged online audience. Work closely with the multimedia team and reporters to expand the Tribune's growing online multimedia presence. Familiarity and experience with multimedia journalism is preferred. Working knowledge of audio/video equipment and editing software like Adobe Premiere is a big plus.

Questions? Contact Video Managing Producer Todd Wiseman, twiseman@texastribune.org.


Photography Fellowship

We're seeking aspiring photojournalists to shoot photos for The Texas Tribune in Central Texas and beyond. Assignments may range from a portrait of a political candidate to a protest at the state Capitol to a farm that's affected by state policy. The ideal candidate is equally comfortable with breaking news and feature photography and is ready to quickly switch gears from a Capitol hearing to a college classroom.

Questions? Contact Photographer/Photo Editor Miguel Gutierrez, mgutierrez@ texastribune.org.


Reporting Fellowship — Austin

The Texas Tribune reporting fellowship provides aspiring journalists the opportunity to hone their reporting skills and learn a host of new ones that will prepare them for the 21st century newsroom.

We are looking for fellows who are anxious to dive into daily news and enterprise coverage — including reporting on elections and Texas' biennial legislative sessions — alongside our seasoned reporting staff. Ideal candidates will have experience reporting and writing on deadline and an interest in covering state policy topics like health, education, immigration, criminal justice and the environment, as well as the state's changing demographics. Previous fellows have written about everything from a fight at the Legislature over the use of public restrooms to the question of whether a Brexit-style Texit could ever happen.

Questions? Contact Managing Editor Corrie MacLaggan, cmaclaggan@texastribune.org


Reporting Fellowship — Washington, D.C.

The Washington, D.C., reporting fellow works alongside Bureau Chief Abby Livingston to cover the 38-member Texas congressional delegation, U.S. House and Senate elections, and the biggest Texas news in the nation's capital.

A must: Experience reporting and writing on deadline. Nice to have: An obsession with politics or Texas (or both).

Questions? Contact Managing Editor Corrie MacLaggan, cmaclaggan@texastribune.org.