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Photography Internship

by Philip Greenspun, February 2007

This ad is from February 2007. Sadly, the current economy does not allow us to offer the internship right now.

photo.net, established in 1993, is looking for photography interns starting as soon as March 2007. This is a paid one-year position in the Boston area, though you need to be flexible and willing to travel. This is an ideal job for a recent university graduate in photography, as your work will be prominently displayed to our 4 million monthly visitors.

What does the job entail?

  • Testing new cameras and lenses by using them on photo assignments, writing reviews, and posting them on the photo.net Web site
  • Setting up lighting and backgrounds in our studio (12' seamless, softboxes, strobes on a rail system)
  • Assisting in the development of tutorial articles and videos for the Learn section of photo.net
  • Teaching photo.net readers through critiques of submitted work.
  • Planning interviews with established photographers worldwide and helping to produce those interviews for our site, including audio, video, text, with illustrations from each photographer's work.
  • Doing logistics and planning for articles for the Travel section of photo.net, accompanying more senior photo.net staff on at least one or two trips during the year. While on a trip, you will be responsible for taking photos, taking notes, and writing up each day's experiences.
  • Organizing photo workshops both virtual and face-to-face.
  • Assisting in the operation of the photo.net business, a growing $600,000/year enterprise; you will get exposure to accounting, taxation, customer service.
  • Having a point of view, being able to write a two-paragraph summary explaining the significance of a manufacturer's press release putting the announcement into context for our audience of advanced amateurs and professional photographers

As a fringe benefit, you will get to fly in the photo.net fleet of two helicopters and one airplane. Your Editor in Chief is also an Airline Transport Pilot certificate holder and an FAA certified flight instructor and will be happy to teach you to fly both the airplane and helicopters.


As we noted above, we would anticipate applications from those recently graduated from a photography major at a university in an English-speaking country. We do not have enough money or skill to deal with U.S. immigration procedures, so you will need the legal right to work in the United States (or at least be in the United States).

You should be an excellent photographer and photojournalist, but more important are strong written communication skills. You should be able to throw together a coherent camera review in a day or so. You will need good desktop personal computer skills, e.g., with Adobe Photoshop, and experience publishing articles in HTML. Photo.net uses some rather old Unix software, so you will need to be able to learn how to use the Unix shell and standard text editors such as Emacs (these are things that secretaries at Stanford and MIT were able to do in the 1970s, but for some reason are perceived as very challenging for people today).

Video production and editing skills are a plus, but not required.


Depending on experience, education, and skill level, we expect to pay between $20,000 and $35,000 per year. Health insurance and relocation assistance will be provided. In addition to what we pay you, we will encourage you to build experience by doing freelance photography projects for paying customers. Your position at photo.net and access to our studio and pool of equipment, e.g., Canon EOS 5D and every lens from 14mm through 600mm, should enable you to get some good projects. You might make an additional $10,000 to $20,000 per year on these freelance assignments.

How to Apply

To apply for the job, register at photo.net and contribute the following items:

Then do the following

  • download and install GNU Emacs on your desktop computer
  • complete the included Emacs tutorial
  • use Emacs to write a legal HTML page (basic HTML tutorial)
  • email philg@mit.edu the HTML page containing a hyperlink to your photo.net community member page, a cover letter, and your salary requirements for the year