The mission of the Summer Writing Internship is to highlight the mental and emotional health struggles of marginalized identities, cultures and communities. Student writers are invited to explore under-represented, misunderstood, or vulnerable perspectives by contributing to Supportiv’s Amplify collection.
Building a published writing portfolio is important for future career development, and we want to help students who have an interest in amplify the voices of people with marginalized mental health struggles.
Who is this internship for?
- College students (including recently graduated Seniors)
- People interested in giving voices to those under-represented in the mental health ecosystem, especially with a focus on the mental health aspects of racism, antisemitism, indigenous heritage, disability, veteran status, refugee status, etc.
- People who can synthesize intricate details in a creative way.
What will the internship look like?
- Several students will be selected to complete this writing internship, as we aim to capture a range of diverse voices.
- Upon selection, an introductory Zoom meeting with Supportiv’s editorial lead will provide an overview of expectations, timeline, and other details.
- One month after selection, Interns will submit a first draft of their article(s). The editorial lead will provide edits via email within one week of submission.
- Two weeks later, interns will submit updated drafts for publication.
- Each intern will receive a $100 stipend and a byline on Supportiv.com, which has 250,000+ visitors per month. Backlinks to the author’s personal site also available.
- Your article topic must highlight a mental/emotional health struggle associated with a marginalized identity, culture, or community; it may incorporate personal narrative in a way that increases the article’s value to readers.
- You will research and reference credible psychology sources.
- You will solicit and incorporate firsthand expert input (recorded interview or quotes to back up or provide context for your points, actionable tips/suggestions from experts, etc – we are open to creative ideas!)
- 2000 word minimum
How To Apply:
- Prepare your article pitch(es) using the template provided below.
- Complete the Google Form application here: https://forms.gle/SY22Wsm5PjeBpFWq6
- Upload requested materials, including your pitch(es) and resume to the Google Form
- Applicants accepted on a rolling basis through August 31, 2021. (The sooner, the better!)
Your Article Pitch Template:
Please familiarize yourself with the content topics we publish at Supportiv: Depression, Anxiety, Coping Tools, Stress Relief, Family Drama, Loneliness, etc. Your article should speak to any of these categories, within the context of marginalized identity or vulnerable group membership.
Your pitch should include:
- Sample title for the article you’d like to write
- What kind of audience member(s) are you speaking to?
- 2-3 sentences summarizing why a reader would find your article valuable.
- What will your article add to the existing conversation surrounding this topic?
- Who would you like to contact as featured experts for quotes, actionable advice, etc? How will you reach them?
You may include multiple pitches with your application. Each pitch should include the above elements.