Careers: OZY's Hiring

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Why you should care

Because we want you!

OZY is seeking candidates for our demanding, paid, 8-to-10-week summer internship program. Whether you’re a young writer or an ambitious videographer or you’re obsessed with photography and graphics, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for the best, the brightest and the most enthusiastic storytellers to join our effort to rewrite what it means to be in media.

An internship with OZY is unlike any other internship out there — no coffee errands here. As an OZY intern, you’ll help power our team, publish your own stories and work on a summerlong special project. At OZY, we treat our interns like full-blown team members, and we expect you to step up to the challenge too. Some of our best ideas have come from OZY interns. Who knows? Your big idea might be our next TV show.

Read on to learn more about OZY, which positions we’re hiring for and how to join the OZY Tribe. Trust us, your career will never be the same again.

About OZY

Cofounded by former CNN/MSNBC anchor Carlos Watson, OZY is a three-year-old media company that tells stories found nowhere else — on TV, in person and on OZY.com. We have a monthly global readership of more than 20 million people and offices in New York and Silicon Valley’s Mountain View. We cover all manner of otherwise untold stories on global politics, business, culture and quirks.

In addition to the daily offering of eight original text and video features on OZY.com, OZY has a major festival each summer in New York City’s Central Park (OZY Fest) with headliners across music, politics, food and everything in between. We also launched OZY TV in 2016 with a bang: The Contenders: 16 for ’16 and Point Taken. We have many more shows in production.

We are a growing, dynamic band of former Economist, Wall Street Journal, Vice and CNN writers and analysts — and intrepid and passionate career-switchers — reimagining intelligent journalism.

College students (juniors and graduating seniors), postcollegiate types and those with professional experience, please apply. The internship pays approximately $5,000 for 10 weeks.

INTERESTED?

Send a résumé and a brief note telling us about yourself and why you’re interested in OZY to interns@ozy.com. Please specify which position you’re applying for in the subject line. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis. The final deadline is Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

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REPORTER INTERNS

Position: Reporter Intern

Where: San Francisco Bay Area (Mountain View)

Who do we want? Aspiring journalists who want to learn how a fast-paced publication works. We’re looking for interns who want to be actively involved in the team and have what it takes to run with ideas and own them.

Must-haves:

  • Willingness to take an active role on a collaborative team
  • Interest in the future of digital media
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced, startup environmentent
  • Enthusiasm and positivity — we want you to work hard and have fun doing it

Day-to-day responsibilities: No one day at OZY is the same. Interns will support the staff in a variety of ways, including contributing reporting to major features and playing an active role in marketing. Interns will be expected to pitch, research and write original stories as well as conduct an internship-long project that they are passionate about. A number of other exciting opportunities come with being in a small newsroom, including learning about OZY’s photo department, assisting with video projects and becoming familiar with audience engagement, marketing and analytics.

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VIDEO INTERNS

Position: Video Intern

Where: New York City

Who do we want? Are you an ace videographer? Ready to try something different in journalism? At OZY, we produce all kinds of videos, from mini-docs to interviews to short vignettes. We are looking for enthusiastic, thorough, professional and creative interns to work with us. We want people who are highly motivated and detail-oriented with a keen eye for strong, surprising and thought-provoking video to help our readers see more, be more and do more. You will work hard but receive the benefit of committed guidance. We’re looking for interns who want to be actively involved in the team and have what it takes to run with ideas and own them.

Must-haves:

  • Extremely professional and committed
  • Strong visual literacy and communication and project-management skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced, startup environment
  • Broad cultural and current-events knowledge
  • Adobe Premiere Pro or other editing software skills
  • Camera, shooting and directing experience preferred
  • Studies in visual arts or journalism preferred
  • Interest in the future of digital media

Day-to-day responsibilities: No one day at OZY is the same. Interns will work on numerous tasks assisting our video producers, including research, web production, editing and shooting. Interns will be able to serve as PAs or second camera on numerous shoots in the field on a weekly basis. They will also string out rough edits and organize footage. They will be exposed to a wide variety of production skills and will be expected to pitch stories and possibly contribute to the site as a video producer. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn video production for an editorial outfit from the ground up. A number of other exciting opportunities come with being in a small newsroom.

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PHOTO EDITING INTERN

Position: Photo Editing Intern

Where: San Francisco Bay Area (Mountain View)

Who do we want? At OZY, we are looking for a hardworking and creative intern with a background in journalism and photography. You should be highly motivated, detail-oriented with a keen eye for strong, surprising and thought-provoking art to help our readers see more, be more and do more. You will work hard but receive the benefit of committed guidance and reviews from your managers and gain valuable insight into what photo editors at web-based publications do. We’re looking for interns who want to be actively involved in the team and have what it takes to run with ideas and own them.

Must-haves:

  • Photoshop experience
  • Extremely professional
  • Strong visual literacy and communication and project-management skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced, startup environment
  • Broad cultural and current-events knowledge
  • Students of visual communications or journalism preferred (or similar work experience)
  • Interest in the future of digital media
  • References
  • A laptop

Day-to-day responsibilities: No one day at OZY is the same. Interns will work on numerous tasks assisting our photo editors, including image research, image purchasing and web production. Interns will also have the option to serve as assistants in the field and assist with OZY’s visual presence on social media.

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Human Resources Team

Director of Personnel

OZY is searching for a dedicated and proactive director of personnel who is resilient, creative and warm. S/he will be responsible for leading a selective recruiting process across OZY’s various locations (NY, D.C., SF Bay Area, etc.). S/he will be the lead in creating a fun culture and enjoyable training programs and will be an effective counsel to OZY employees. In addition, s/he will shape compensation and benefits programs.

Desired Skills/Experience:

  • A bachelor’s in arts
  • Ideally 7–10 years of experience
  • A blend of company experience that ideally includes startup company experience

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