Jobs and Internships

Since 1973, Texas Monthly has chronicled life in contemporary Texas, reporting on vital issues such as politics, criminal justice, the environment, industry, and education. Often referred to as “the National Magazine of Texas,” Texas Monthly is known for smart, literary journalism and in-depth investigative reporting that illuminates issues of public policy and drives the discussion of what’s important in the Lone Star State. Additionally, Texas Monthly continues to be the indispensable authority on the Texas scene, covering music, the arts, travel, restaurants, museums, and cultural events with its insightful recommendations.


News and Politics Editor

Texas Monthly is looking for a senior editor to lead the magazine’s coverage of news and politics in the Lone Star State. Ideal candidates should be digitally fluent, literary-minded journalists who are able to move easily among storytelling platforms, story styles, and subjects. They will be expected to cultivate a reliable and diverse stable of writers, meet deadlines (and help others do the same), and identify and assign stories that look beyond the daily news cycle with narrative-driven angles, reported analysis, and sharp profiles that help readers understand the state of politics and news across Texas.

This full-time staff position is based in Austin, Texas. It offers stability at an organization that is growing in audience and revenue. It also offers generous benefits, including a comprehensive health-insurance plan, 401(k) matching, profit sharing, and eligibility for performance-based bonuses. Compensation is competitive and negotiable.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Editing about 1 medium-length print story per month and 4-6 stories for our website each week, as well as occasional longer features
  • Developing quality story ideas, in collaboration with staffers and freelancers, and shepherding them from infancy to production
  • Making freelance assignments and developing new freelance talent
  • Supervising staff writers and helping them generate a regular flow of high-quality articles
  • Crafting headlines, deks, and all manner of display type, for an array of platforms (print, web, social)

Successful candidates will possess the following skills, abilities, and qualities:

  • Great facility with language
  • Enthusiasm for telling stories in print and digitally, and using modern web tools to do so
  • Precise line-editing
  • An appreciation for deadlines
  • An eye for stories that can work as quicker-turn pieces for the web, as well as stories that will hold up well in the monthly print magazine
  • Effective management of freelancers and staff writers
  • Conceiving and executing a vision for the news and politics section, both in print and online
  • Effective communication and collaboration with other editors: up, down, and sideways.

Education/Experience:

  • Three to five years’ experience editing, in print or online
  • Experience managing editorial staffers
  • An intimate knowledge of Texas politics, policy issues, and key political players

Application Process:

If you are a qualified candidate, please email a cover letter and résumé to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.

Texas Monthly is committed to diversity and to cultivating an inclusive environment. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

NO PHONE CALLS OR WALK-INS ACCEPTED. TEXAS MONTHLY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Assistant Photo Editor (Contract)

 Job Overview

Texas Monthly is looking for a photo assistant to aid in producing visual solutions for editorial stories. This is a contract position, with the potential to evolve into a full-time role. This position is based in Austin, Texas.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Update and maintain archival story art and layout (primary focus for 6+ months)
  • Assist in photo research
  • Assign photography for Texasmonthly.com
  • Assist in propping, styling, and location scouting for photo shoots
  • Retouch and resize images for print and web
  • Perform general QA duties and styling for Texasmonthly.com
  • Assist in managing contracts, w-9s, and invoices
  • Assist in video editing

 Successful candidates possess the following skills/abilities:

  • Keen eye for photography and illustration
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Ability to multitask as well as work under pressure and maintain a calm attitude
  • In-depth knowledge of Adobe Photoshop
  • Proficiency in other Adobe CS programs
  • Proficiency in WordPress
  • InCopy, K4, HTML, and Sketch experience are a plus

Education/Experience: 

  • BA/BFA in photography, visual arts, or related field, with 2+ years of relevant work experience

Application Process:

If you are interested in this position, please email a cover letter and résumé to [email protected], with the job title in the subject line. If you have an example of a project you spearheaded or of when you otherwise showed initiative and problem-solving, please include a description of it in your cover letter.

Texas Monthly is committed to diversity and cultivating an inclusive environment. We especially encourage all qualified applicants to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

NO PHONE CALLS OR WALK-INS ACCEPTED. TEXAS MONTHLY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Business and Innovation Editor

Job Overview:

Texas Monthly is looking for an editor to lead the magazine’s coverage of business and innovation in the Lone Star State, from the iconic companies that have long called Texas home, to our massive energy industry (spanning both fossil fuels and alternatives), to the big tech firms and others relocating here, to our entrepreneurs and inventors across many industries. We want inside-the-boardroom tales of corporate transformation, profiles of business leaders upending the status quo, and smartly rendered analysis of how the state’s economic landscape is evolving. This editor will also assign and edit stories about environmental concerns and scientific and technological research in Texas, particularly in the medical field.

Ideal candidate should be digitally fluent, literary-minded journalists who are able to move easily among storytelling platforms, story styles, and subjects. They will be expected to work with our staff writers, cultivate a reliable and diverse stable of freelance writers, meet deadlines (and help others do the same), and develop narrative-driven and character-driven approaches to business stories.

This position is based in Austin, Texas, though work could be done remotely until the pandemic passes. This is a full-time position with generous benefits, including a comprehensive health-insurance plan, 401(k) matching, profit sharing, and the potential to be eligible for bonuses. Compensation is competitive and negotiable.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Editing 2-3 short- to medium-length print stories each month and 2-3 stories for our website each week, along with occasional longer features, including cover stories
  • Developing quality story ideas and shepherding them from assignment to production
  • Making freelance assignments and developing new freelance talent
  • Supervising staff writers and helping them generate a regular flow of high-quality stories
  • Crafting headlines, deks, and all manner of display type, for print, web, and social platforms
  • Helping our podcast, video, live-event, and book editors adapt business and innovation stories for those platforms, and for sale to Hollywood as movies and series

Successful candidates will possess the following skills/abilities:

  • Great facility with language
  • Enthusiasm for telling stories in print and digitally and using modern web tools to do so
  • Precise line-editing
  • An appreciation for deadlines
  • Effective management of freelancers and staff writers
  • Conceiving and executing a vision for the magazine’s business and innovation coverage
  • An ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with writers and other editors

Education/Experience:

  • Three to five years’ experience editing, in print and/or online, preferred
  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • An intimate knowledge of Texas is a strong plus

Application Process:

If you are a qualified candidate, please email a cover letter and résumé to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.

Texas Monthly is committed to diversity and cultivating an inclusive environment. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

NO PHONE CALLS OR WALK-INS ACCEPTED. TEXAS MONTHLY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Full Stack Web Developer

 Job Overview:

Texas Monthly is seeking an experienced full stack developer to expand our team and help build the next generation of texasmonthly.com. Our engineering team is looking for someone who has a track record of shipping products with reliable, maintainable code and someone who is eager to apply their engineering skills toward creating new, innovative, and creative experiences for our media brand. Our development process is agile but formal enough to maintain efficiencies. This is a full-time engineering role on the product and innovation team, and we are excited to supercharge our technical efforts in web publishing, audience development, advertising solutions, and expansion to other platforms.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining and improving codebase for texasmonthly.com (WordPress), building out new features and enhancements, resolving technical issues, and shipping code consistently to production environments
  • Ensuring all technical systems are performing reliably and efficiently
  • Working with product lead, designers, ad-ops, audience development, infrastructure support, and other stakeholders to implement versatile technology solutions
  • Integrating vital APIs (or in some cases building them!) and implementing core production solutions
  • Leading individual tech efforts such as (but not limited to) page speed enhancements, server load reductions, technical SEO improvements, and building tools for content distribution on other platforms
  • Sharing what you’ve accomplished or discovered to the benefit of the digital team

Successful candidates will possess the following skills/abilities:

  • Experience developing with LAMP including proficiency with PHP7, JavaScript, React, SaSS/CSS, HTML, Git
  • Experience building applications and integrations for high traffic consumer websites

Preferred Qualifications

 Experience developing and working with WordPress or similar CMS, 2+ years preferred

  • Ability to work efficiently and independently under deadlines and meet weekly sprint commitments
  • Experience working under agile development methodologies preferred
  • Eagerness to learn about new technologies and implement those ideas into a production environment
  • Good understanding of techniques/practices such as responsive web design, progressive enhancement, accessibility, and other web standards, MVC architectures, and modern deployment practices
  • Having built and maintained open source WordPress plugins in a plus
  • Experience with performance tuning and security is a plus
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working at a media company

 Education/Experience:

  • BS degree in Computer Science, other technical degree or 3+ years of equivalent technology and/or media experience

Application Process:

If you are a qualified candidate, please email a cover letter and résumé to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.

Texas Monthly is committed to diversity and cultivating an inclusive environment. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

NO PHONE CALLS OR WALK-INS ACCEPTED. TEXAS MONTHLY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Internships

Texas Monthly Journalism Internships

Texas Monthly’s journalism internships are paid and are available each fall, spring, and summer semester to current undergraduate or graduate students or to those who have just graduated. The journalism internships, spread across the following three departments, all involve a mix of education, mentorship, and real-world training in magazine journalism in its myriad forms:

Editorial

What we do: The editorial department tells stories through words and photographs, illustrations, and infographics. Our specialties are long-form narrative journalism on topics that have ranged from the incarceration of innocent men to the breaking of a wild mustang; good, old-fashioned service journalism (see our list of the state’s 50 greatest barbecue joints or the 175 places in Texas you should undeniably visit before you die); and stunning photography. But no matter the subject matter or approach, our mission remains simple: to inform and entertain our readers on the past, present, and future of the state in which they live.

What you would do: As an editorial intern, you’ll pitch story ideas, transcribe interviews, fact-check smaller assignments for the magazine, aid in the digitization of forty years’ worth of archived content, assist with writing/research projects for TM’s social media channels, and research a wide range of topics, from food and true crime to politics and culture. An intern with special interests and/or a tenacious attitude will likely be able to take on projects specially tailored to their interests or strengths.

Interns also participate in monthly learning sessions that delve into writing, editing, fact-checking, and other aspects of the magazine process with Texas Monthly staffers. The managing editor, assistant editor for operations, and a senior editor all help manage the interns, but each intern also gets paired with an editorial staffer whose expertise aligns with the intern’s interests and who will serve as their mentor through the internship.

Hours: 15 hours a week in the fall and spring semesters; 35 hours a week in the summer

Requirements: Writing opportunities aren’t guaranteed, but they do crop up from time to time, so facility with language and various modes of communication—for print, online, and social media outlets—is a must. A voracious appetite for storytelling and Texas news is also highly encouraged.

TM Recording Studio

What we do: The recording studio at Texas Monthly is a full-service, professional space from which we produce a variety of projects, from podcasts to video series, from audio assets for online user experience to music production.

What you would do: Assist our recording studio director with all aspects of sound and video production. Some responsibilities will include: Help record, edit, assemble and mix audio for podcasts and video projects. Assist with microphone placement, signal routing, gain staging and recording in Pro Tools. Work with producers and talent to edit and assemble audio assets. Help to mix audio and generate masters for podcasts and audio for video. Help create music and sound design as needed for podcasts and video projects. Occasionally work remotely to capture audio assets—both on your own or as part of a video production. Assist our video production team as needed, help set up, and prepare sets for video. Help manage studio booking, organizing, and scheduling. The internship will allow for opportunities to contribute ideas and learn about all facets of our recording operations. Additional projects can be developed around the intern’s strengths.

Hours: 15 to 20 hours a week

Requirements: This position requires the candidate be proficient with Pro Tools, microphones, patch bays/signal routing, plugins, virtual instruments, outboard gear, MIDI, timecode, boom operation.

Art

What we do: Our award-winning art department has been creating stunning, high-concept designs to tell stories about Texas and Texans since 1973.

What you would do: As an Art intern, you would be assisting the art assistant, designers, and photo editor with photo research, photo shoots, and administrative tasks such as organizing tear sheets and archive management for both Texas Monthly and texasmonthly.com.

Hours: 10 to 15 hours a week

Requirements: Strong design and organizational skills, flexibility, dependability, and self-motivation are required for assisting art personnel. Proficiency with Macintosh, InDesign, Photoshop, and WordPress are necessary. Knowledge of Illustrator, Premiere, After Effects, and HTML are encouraged but not mandatory.

How to Apply

If you are interested in one of Texas Monthly’s journalism internships, please submit a résumé and a cover letter specifying the department(s) in which you would like to work to [email protected]. Put “Journalism Internship” in the subject line of the email. For the editorial internship, please include in your cover letter any topic areas you might have particular interest or experience in, such as social media, news, politics, food, investigative journalism, and so on.

Applications for the 2021 summer internships are due April 30, 2021. Applications for the 2021 fall internships are due June 30, 2021.

Texas Monthly Business Internships

Internships are available each semester (fall, spring, and summer). These internships are unpaid and available only to undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited academic program at the time of the internship. Internship applications will only be considered if you are seeking an internship for credit or if you receive approval via a signed “Educational Endorsement” form from your university. For students at the University of Texas, only internships for credit will be considered. All internships include a 20 percent job-shadowing experience. Download our internship job descriptions here.

If you are interested in gaining valuable experience in any of the departments listed below, please send a résumé and cover letter specifying the department(s) in which you would like to intern:

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