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Via Meadia Is Looking for Interns

With the current crop of Via Meadia interns moving on, we’re looking for the next batch of ambitious young people to help us research and write for the site. Former interns have gone on to jobs in journalism, tech startups, the State Department and the U.S. military, and have gotten their own clips at The American Interest and at other venerable publications while working at Via Meadia.

This is a great opportunity for aspiring writers. Interns receive training from Walter Russell Mead and staff, participate in our daily editorial calls, and are intimately involved in helping the blog stay abreast of the ever-churning news cycle. You will get a broad and unique perspective on issues shaping the world, and help us figure out new and innovative ways to help communicate these trends to an ever-growing audience.

We are currently looking for interns based in New York City for the upcoming winter/spring season. The ideal candidates would be recent graduates of politics, journalism, economics or history programs who are looking to sharpen their writing skills and gain a deeper knowledge of global affairs. Expertise in Russia, China, or Middle Eastern issues is a major plus. Interns are expected to contribute at least four days per week, although schedules can be flexible. Internships are also available in our D.C. offices on a rolling basis. You will need to have a laptop. All internship positions are unpaid.

If interested send a resume and a short cover letter to Nicholas Clairmont at and to Nick Gallagher at For D.C.-based internships, please send the same to Damir Marusic at

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  • wigwag

    Forget the writing and editing interns; what the American Interest desperately needs is interns with a rudimentary understanding if IT. The paywall at this cite is hopelessly clunky. I am happy to pay my monthly subscription to access all of the posts and articles at the American Interest; even the dumb articles and posts (of which there are plenty) are far more intelligent fare than is available anywhere else in cyberspace. Mead, Berger, Garfinkle (and the all too infrequent posts from Damir Marusic) are well worth the price of admission. But when you pay, as I have, you have to be able to actually get in the door. On several occasions, when I try to enter I arrive at a login page with somebody else’s login name and subscriber number; this can’t be good. On numerous other occasions (in fact almost always) the yellow banner comes up indicating how many of my monthly three articles I’ve read when my payment entitles me to unlimited reading. For some reason, the site doesn’t seem to be able to keep me logged in whether I view it on my smartphone or my computer.

    I know the system is new and glitches are to be expected; but please, you have to do better than this. Note to Professor Mead, the rollout of the American Interest’s paywall hasn’t gone any better than the rollout of Obamacare. Yes, it was far more important to get the Obamacare roll out right; but it was a lot easier to get the rollout of your paywall system right. Yet you and your colleagues don’t seem to be able to do it. Maybe you should take a hiatus from criticizing Obamacare and work on fixing your paywall.

    It’s the people who live in glass houses thing. But don’t worry; a couple of smart nerds from Bard or elsewhere can probably take this on and fix the whole thing lickety split. And they’re interns so you don’t even need to pay them.

    • Corlyss

      It would be nice too if their new crop had a rudimentary understanding of American and World History, the principles upon which this nation was founded, and a more than grade-school grasp of politics and realpolitik. I’m weary of these twits who act more like the juveniles that inhabit the political parties’ rapid response teams than thoughtful students of world politics. Is that too much to ask?

    • Damir Marusic

      @wigwag can you email me about your troubles with the paywall so we can sort it out? firstname.lastname@our-mag’ What you’re describing is very troubling, and I daresay it’s the first I’ve heard of it. (And I wrote the code to the paywall, for what it’s worth, so I should be able to get to the bottom of this pretty quickly…)

      • wigwag

        Thanks, Damir, it seems to be fixed. I am no longer getting other customers subscription numbers and the system seems to be keeping me logged in.

        I am grateful for your kind assistance and the promptness of your response. Your curtesy is appreciated.

        My only complaint now is that we see far to few of your insightful posts. Fix that and everything will be perfect in the American Interest universe.

        If I see additional glitches I will email you.

        Thanks again.

    • Damir Marusic

      @wigwag, could you please verify that these bugs are not occurring any more? We upgraded a caching plugin recently and it was wreaking havoc on the login code on the live server—though not on our testing servers. Could you please confirm, either here or via email, if you are still having difficulties?

  • FriendlyGoat

    Thanks to every unpaid intern, past and future, for working on this project.

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