The Athletic Media Company

About Us
The Athletic is a digital sports media company that brings true sports fans closer to the athletes, teams and leagues that captivate their attention. We serve a multi-faceted audience that craves a richer connection and understanding with immersive storytelling and a like-minded community of fans. Founded in 2016 and with major operational hubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, London and Melbourne, we empower a truly global team of more than 600 creators and cover more than 250 professional sports and collegiate teams across the United States, Canada and the UK. Our newsroom has produced thousands of in-depth reports along with more than 120 podcasts and other forms of premium content. Put simply, The Athletic is at the center of a sports fan’s universe.
About the Role
The Athletic is accepting applications for its inaugural Leon H. Carter newsroom internship, a 12-week program either remote or based in New York City, which will run from September 16, 2024 – December 6, 2024. The intern will be embedded on our editorial design and visuals team, which will expose the intern to every facet of the newsroom. The mission of The Athletic’s internship program is to attract and develop the industry’s next stars. The intern will help shape our most informative coverage while helping to advance our goal to be the top destination for sports news around the world. The rate of pay for this role is $20.00 USD per hour.
This is a remote internship that will require some travel to New York City. Candidates based in New York City have the option of working on-site in the New York office.
The application deadline is April 19, 2024.


  • Work closely with the design team and newsroom to enhance articles, social media, and basic data viz, plus complete an art direction project.
  • Articles: Use photos and vector elements to create bespoke lead images for stories published by The Athletic.
  • Social: Use type, photos and vector elements to create posts for Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms.
  • Graphics/Data viz: Learn how to use our intuitive chart building tool to create basic data visualizations.
  • Art Direction: Complete an art direction project by commissioning an illustrator to create original artwork. Provide instructions and guidance to help the artist understand the brief.


  • Undergraduate students who are ideally in their junior or senior year.
  • Ability to work a 30-40 hour work week.
  • Previous design and/or newsroom internship experience is a plus.
  • Flexibility: ability to adapt to fast-paced work environments where needs and priorities can change quickly.
  • Deep knowledge of and a passion for sports.
  • This is a remote internship that will require some travel to New York City. Candidates based in New York City have the option of working on-site in the New York office.

Application Directions

  • Attach a resume.
  • An essay between 500-700 words explaining why you should be considered by The Athletic for this internship, including but not limited to your main area of interest — design, data viz and visual storytelling.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A portfolio of at least 10 relevant samples showcasing strong editorial design skills.
The Athletic offers unique perks and benefits to all full-time employees based on their country of residence. Our comprehensive US benefits package includes:
– Highly competitive, employer-contributed medical, dental, vision, basic life and disability insurance plans.
– Savings accounts for medical, wellness, and childcare expenses.
– 401k retirement savings plan and employer match.
– Paid time off including paid sick leave, 12 paid holidays, 15 days of accrued vacation to start, and up to 20 weeks of Paid Parental Leave.
For international candidates: Our global benefits packages offer similar benefits and perks, competitive to the local market.
The Athletic Media Company is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. The Athletic will consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.
Click here to review our Applicant Privacy Notice, which describes how and when The Athletic Media Company collects, uses, and shares certain personal information of job applicants and prospective employees.
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