Apply Now For The New York Times Social Media Internship

Are you a student journalist who lives and breathes all things social media? Then The New York Times is looking for you.

The Grey Lady is offering an internship on its social media desk for the spring semester. If you’re interested, you better move fast. The deadline has been extended to Jan. 20, said Liz Heron, the news org’s social media editor.

Interest in this internship is very high, to say the least. At the time of this posting, a tweet by Heron had already been retweeted more than 50 times in less than an hour.

The full description of the internship is on the news organization’s website. Here’s an idea of what the intern will do:

Tasks will include: sparking conversations on The Times’s social media accounts — including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr and Instagram — as well as assisting on social journalism projects and providing general support. The intern will work closely with the social media editors and developers, as well as reporters, editors and Web producers working on social media-related projects around the newsroom.

The ideal candidate is someone who understands all the “journalistic opportunities presented by social media.” Don’t worry — you don’t need to be a programmer but you will need to be a whiz at using Twitter, Facebook and other social technologies in a newsroom or other editorial setting. Just a note: graduate students are preferred.

This is a great opportunity to work with some of the leading social media innovators in journalism. Competition will be fierce so make sure your website is up-to-date and shining. A decision will be made in late January, early February by Feb. 1. Apply here.