AP Internships


AltPress Media is looking for motivated and creative editorial, marketing, production, advertising and  interns to join our staff this summer. AP is celebrating its 30th year as a media company, and has expanded from its long-established print brand into concert series, touring, events (Alternative Press Music Awards, SXSW showcases, 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 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

SPRING 2016: Deadline 11/20/15
SUMMER 2016: 
Deadline 03/20/16
*Incomplete applications will be discarded

A Sample of Duties: 

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.
20 hours per week.

Some requirements:

• Candidates should either be currently enrolled in college or a recent graduate (within the past two years).
• Candidates must be able to commit to working 20 hours per week

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.

A sample of duties and requirements:

• Page layout & advertising/promotional design
• Knowledge of all or some of the following: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator.
• Prepare mailings
• Content preparation for digital magazine editions
• Online design skills a plus

A sample of duties and requirements:

• Update content and promotional areas
• Create new pages/sections for mobile and web
• Create online banners & images
• Assist in designing projects and issues for for digital editions
• Must have good working knowledge of Adobe Dreamweaver & Photoshop. Basic HTML knowledge needed. Any programming/scripting/CSS skills a plus.

A sample of duties and requirements:

• Monitoring and posting to all AP social network sites
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
• Must have basic knowledge of social network outlets - Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat, Vine, etc.
• Must be organized and have basic knowledge using Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint

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.

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


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



How do I get an internship at AP?
AP offers quarterly internships in a variety of departments. For more information on opportunities and how to apply, please visit our Intern page.

What materials should I submit?
You can find specific details on our Internship page, but please submit a resume and cover letter expressing your interest for all departments. Include clips or samples for editorial and art internship applications.

Do I need to live in Cleveland to intern for you?
Yes. At this time, it is necessary for our interns to live in Cleveland (or be coming home to Cleveland during a summer break from a college outside the area).
Are internships at AP paid?
No. We do not offer paid internships. However, we do insist you be able to take our internships for college credit. (And you will get a few free CDs and concerts out of the deal, too.)

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

How many hours a week do 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.


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.
I have some clips already and now I want to write for AP. How should I go about doing that?
Send clips or links to your work to [email protected] (or send hard copies to 1305 W. 80th St. Ste. 2F, Cleveland, OH 44102 ATTN: Editorial). If we’re into it, we’ll be in touch.

I take pictures of bands. How do I get my work into AP?
Send and e-mail to [email protected] letting us know where you’re based, and include three samples at 72 dpi. If we’re into them, we’ll be in touch.


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?
Applications 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.


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.