Whitaker Publishing is a life improvement company that publishes 417 Magazine, Biz 417, 417 Home and 417 BrideAlong with digital platforms for reach publication, we manage 417 Events, a custom publishing division, 417 Tix and so much more.

You won't taking coffee orders during your time here. You'll gain valuable, hands-on experience and see how an award-winning magazine functions. Internships are available in all of our departments including:

Digital • Editorial Writing • Editorial Design • Event Planning
Marketing/Public Relations • Photography 


417 Magazine accepts internship applications year-round.
Summer: May–August
Fall: August–December
Spring: January–May

Application Requirements and Process

Applicants must receive school credit for internships. Refer to specific requirements for each department below as different portfolio requirements may be required. However, all prospective interns should submit a cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation to:

Intern Coordinator
Whitaker Publishing
2111 S. Eastgate Ave.
Springfield, MO 65809

Digital Intern

To apply for a digital internship:
• Submit your resume, cover letter and any portfolio pieces to Dayle Duggins at dduggins@417mag.com.

Responsibilities include:
• Uploads articles, artwork, calendar items and more to websites
• Monitors, posts and generates content for social media
• Builds blogs, e-newsletters and e-blasts
• Assists in the building of custom websites
• Executes digital plans at events
• Researches, brainstorms and vets new digital strategies
• Website maintenance and troubleshooting

Necessary skills:
• Basic computer skills
• Basic HTML or higher preferred
• Microsoft Office skills

What Digital Interns learn:
Digital interns get to be a part of a rapidly changing department that is constantly progressing and developing groundbreaking approaches to web design, social media, events, email marketing and more. Digital interns learn how to use a live content management system (CMS), template and module-based web design, social media management and more. Interns who demonstrate exceptional skills could acquire additional responsibilities. 

Editorial Design Intern

To apply for an editorial design internship:
Submit your resume, cover letter and PDF portfolio to Heather Kane at heather@417mag.com.

Regular responsibilities include:
• Assists art director in design and layout of all publications
• Attends and assists with photo shoots
• Collects necessary art required for projects
• Color corrects photos

Necessary skills:
Design interns must have graphic design skills including experience in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. Illustration and photography skills are a plus.

What Editorial Art interns learn:
Editorial art interns learn organizational and time management skills, as they work on strict inter-office deadlines. They gather art, attend photo shoots, design layouts and see the magazine through from the planning stages to the execution and printing. Design interns learn to finely tune and further develop their own personal style, while also weaving their creativity into the parameters of the style defined by Whitaker Publishing’s art department.

Editorial Writing Intern

To apply for an editorial internship:
• Send a resume, cover letter and three to five published writing clips to Savannah Waszczuk at savannah@417mag.com.
• If you do not have published writing clips, e-mail Savannah Waszczuk at savannah@417mag.com to ask about appropriate alternatives.

Regular responsibilities include:
• Reports and writes a variety of Front of Book assignments
• Submits story ideas
• Reports and writes the monthly Top 10 and Health Calendar lists
• Attends and helps prepare for editorial planning and art planning meetings

Interns who demonstrate exceptional skills could acquire these responsibilities:
• Writing longer pieces, such as feature-length profiles and Home stories.
• Working on or helping report cover stories and features
• Practice editing copy

What Editorial Writing Interns learn:
Editorial Writing Practice Group internships are teaching internships. We want to teach, and we expect our intern to want to learn. We take pride in our working relationship with our interns, who we view as a vital part of the staff. Our interns don’t make Starbucks runs for the staff, and they don’t solely compile calendar entries. They attend art meetings when the schedule permits. They write profiles. They conduct important reporting. They suggest story ideas. Although they will be asked to do some month-to-month tasks, such as 417 Top 10, they will also be given challenging writing and reporting tasks that allow them to stretch.

Events Intern

To apply for an events internship: 
Submit your resume, cover letter, letter of recommendation and portfolio to Janelle Haik at janelle@417mag.com.

What Event Interns learn: Learn the basics in event planning and client relations as a Whitaker Publishing on-site Event Intern. On-site event interns work closely with the team on event days at the event site to implement all successful 417 Magazine signature events and 417 Events custom events. No two days are the same, so interns must have time management skills and be able to prioritize ever-changing responsibilities. 

Regular responsibilities include:
• Pre-event set up and post-event clean up
• Event coordination and execution
• Assist in executing marketing plans
• Post events on community calendars
• Deliver marketing materials to participants

Marketing/Public Relations Intern

To apply:
• Submit your resume, cover letter, letter of recommendation and portfolio to Janelle Haik at janelle@417mag.com or mail to Janelle Haik, 2111 S. Eastgate Ave., Springfield, MO 65809.

Regular Responsibilities include:
• Event coordination and execution
• Assists Whitaker Publishing Marketing Department with online marketing efforts for all magazines
• Updates the online calendar regularly
• Administers contests and giveaways through 417mag.com

Necessary Skills:
• Exceptional communications skills
• Basic working knowledge of PR writing practices preferred
• Creative, out-of-the-box thinking
• Ability to work independently

What Marketing/Public Relations Interns learn:
Marketing/Public Relations Interns learn the basics in event planning, client relations, public relations and media relations during their time at Whitaker Publishing. No two days are the same, so Marketing/Public Relations Interns will learn to hone their time management skills, prioritize ever-changing responsibilities, and they will gain a working knowledge of the importance of timely, professional client interaction.

Photography Intern/People Pics Team Member

To apply for a photography internship:
Submit your resume, cover letter and PDF portfolio to danielle@417mag.com or mail to Danielle McGuire, 2111 S. Eastgate Ave., Springfield, MO 65809.

People Pics photographer:
Our People Pics team attends 417 Magazine sponsored charitable and fundraising events and takes 20–25 posed photos (which are referred to as People Pics) of individuals and collects names of the individuals pictured. These photos are used in 417 Magazine and 417mag.com. 

417 Magazine event photographer:
Event photographers attend 417 Magazine events and take People Pics, red carpet photos, sponsor photos, party atmosphere photos and any additional photos for the full duration of the event. Within 12 hours of the event, your photos must be sorted and uploaded at the 417 Magazine office.

Regular responsibilities include:
• Attends and photographs 417 Magazine events and 417 Magazine sponsored events
• Chooses People Pics to be featured in 417 Magazine
• Runs Photoshop scripts on photos, then uploads photos to 417mag.com and 417 Magazine's Facebook within 12 hours of the event
• Sorts through and/or edits photos for the magazine, sponsor and event recaps and online galleries
• Represents the magazine in a professional manner at community events

Necessary skills:
Photography interns must be available to work weekends and evenings. Photography experience and familiarity with Photoshop is necessary. Personal Photoshop license, computer and camera is preferred.

Style Intern

To apply for a editorial style internship:
• Submit your resume, cover letter and samples of work to Heather Kane at heather@417mag.com.

Regular responsibilities include:
• Coordinates with Art Director and Stylists to execute style photo shoots
• Shops and scouts for product features for all 417 publications
• Assists in preparation and executes large-scale style photo shoots for 417 publications


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