Having made it to this page, you already know that The YUNiversity is one of the most popular grammar- and vocabulary-related accounts on Twitter and Tumblr. Besides promoting learning in a fun and supportive environment, one of our other core values is helping young people succeed at doing what they love. At the start of 2015, one of our New Year’s resolutions was to devise a way in which we could make this happen, and after much brainstorming, we arrived at offering internships.
And thanks to the excellent contributions of our interns last year, we have built up the YUNiversity Interns publication into the preeminent student-driven collection on Medium. (Before you even consider applying, spend a few minutes reading at least three articles to get a sense of what you’ll be expected to do.
Besides providing you with the platforms to showcase your talents to a worldwide following that includes many professional artists, writers, editors, book publishers, professors, and college admissions officers, these internship opportunities will help you build your “brand,” an asset that will be invaluable throughout college and beyond.
Here are some things you should know before you apply:
- All internships are for high school and college students only.
- These internship positions are virtual, i.e., everything will be done online. You will not be required to commute or travel.
- If you are chosen for any of the internship positions, we will feature you on our staff page—with your own bio, which you will write yourself. Whoever claims to be an intern but doesn’t have his or her profile on that page would be making a fraudulent avowal.
- THIS IS A REAL INTERNSHIP. This is not a gimmick for you to treat casually. If you do not contribute content, your internship will be considered for termination. It doesn’t do us—but especially you—any good to be an intern in name only. One of the most useful benefits of this internship is to broadcast your talents to a wide and ever-growing audience. Anything that you produce that is subpar—or reflects poorly on you—will be seen by thousands of people.
- Your internship will last as long as you want it to. If you want to quit for whatever reason, let us know. We will be sad to see you go, but we will support your decision. This internship should be treated like any other extracurricular activity. If it gets in the way of your other commitments, especially school grades, you should stop your internship. Do not use this internship as an excuse or justification for doing poorly in school.
- You can—and should—mention the internship position on your college applications, and we’d be happy to write you a letter of recommendation for schools that accept multiple recommendation letters.
- NOTE: Other than the potential of making money through merchandise and book sales, these are unpaid internship positions. (We value colleagues who have a passion for producing excellent content, not for making a quick buck.)
⚠️ Two more points. (They’re really important.)
- The Internet is a cruel place. If you do not want attention (good or bad), do not apply. With so many people watching your online profile grow, there is bound to be envy and resentment from people who feel that they deserve the attention and exposure you’re gaining, or that they would have done things better. We need you to develop a thick skin and rise above the haters and trolls. If you don’t think you can handle that, please don’t apply. Your peace of mind is worth more than any internship.
- IF YOU ARE BAD AT REPLYING TO EMAIL IN A TIMELY MANNER OR ARE A NOTORIOUS PROCRASTINATOR, PLEASE DO NOT BOTHER APPLYING.
If you love to write and would like to be a contributing writer for us, send an email to henry@TheYUNiversity.net. In the subject line, write “writing intern” and answer the following question (minimum 250 words; maximum 500 words):
Why do you want to be a writing intern? Be sure to mention your writing experience. We would also like to know what topics appeal to you (school-related topics, pop culture, music, gaming, sports, politics, etc.) and what you are interested in writing about. Tell us why you want to write specifically for us (as opposed to some other organization).
This is the only way your application will be evaluated, so we encourage you to take the necessary time to make it as good as possible. Although we don’t expect professional writing, typos and poor grammar will be taken into account.
Once you are selected as a writing intern, Henry will contact you with further instructions and help you get started on writing your first article. Every article that gets published on Medium will be tweeted and posted on Tumblr, so hundreds of thousands of people will be able to read your articles.
It is to your advantage to write often. The more you write, the more often your name will be seen. It is even more advantageous to publish articles on a consistent basis, e.g., every Monday, so that your fans can look forward to reading your stories.
🆕 NEW FOR SUMMER 2017: To help our writing interns avoid writer’s block, we will be implementing Slack to have weekly chat sessions between Henry and the writing interns to come up with monthly topics or themes that all of the interns can write about. More information will be provided when you are accepted as an intern.
ART INTERN 🎨
If you are passionate about drawing manga-style pictures, chibis, comics, or anything else for that matter, we would love to have you on our team. We prefer artists who are comfortable drawing on the computer, i.e., using software such as Illustrator with a tablet.
If you are familiar with our current aesthetic, you know that we are avid fans of manga and anime, such as Tokyo Ghoul and One Piece. We tweet and post a lot of artwork, and we have an unlimited need for original artwork. If you are interested in getting your artwork showcased throughout the Interwebs and have them be seen by many people in the comic-book and book-publishing industries, this is the ideal internship for you.
To apply for an art internship position, email a few samples to nan@TheYUNiversity.net. If you have a Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, or some other page that has a collection of your drawings, include the URL(s) in your email. We will give stronger consideration toward applicants who have consistently maintained a Tumblr, Instagram, Deviantart, Flickr, Pinterest, or some other site over those who simply email us pictures. (By “consistently,” we don’t mean one post every two months or six posts in an entire year. We value applicants who are absolutely passionate about what they do and love to showcase their work online.)
PHOTOGRAPHY INTERN 📸
If you love to take photographs, whether it’s with a DSLR, an SLR, a lomography camera, or even your smartphone, we would love for you to showcase your pictures as part of our writing interns’ articles as well as on a brand new Tumblr devoted solely to your pictures.
What we envision is not only an aesthetic Tumblr page that displays your photographs but for it to become a photo cache (much like Pixabay or Unsplash), which our writing interns can scroll through to find the perfect image(s) to enhance their articles. To make searching easier, you will tag each photo with the appropriate category, e.g., “desk,” “school,” “food.” We ourselves write an article each week, so we would definitely take advantage of such a cache of photographs.
To apply for an photo internship position, email a few samples to peter@TheYUNiversity.net. If you have a Tumblr, Instagram, Flickr, or some other page, include the URL(s) in your email. Again, we will give stronger consideration toward applicants who have consistently maintained a Tumblr, Instagram, Flickr, or some other site over those who simply email us a handful of pictures.
⚠️ WARNING: For one reason or another, this was by far the least productive of the three internships in past years. We admins blame ourselves for this. We didn’t give clear directions or sufficient motivation to our existing photo interns. In 2017, however, the rules have changed. Any photo intern who does not contribute high-quality (i.e., not blurry, grainy, or low-res) photos consistently (at least one photo per week) will be let go. With the wealth of apps and devices that make taking and editing photographs much easier than ever before, we have high expectations of our photo interns.
Good luck! 👍🏻
We look forward to working with many of you in the coming months—and maybe even years. 🤜🏻