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Practitioner Program: Book Project Intern to Author & NYT Magazine Writer Noah Gallagher Shannon

This internship is part of the University’s Jeff Metcalf Internship Program.

Fellowship Award Amountup to $900 - $1,200

Internship Time Commitment: Fall Quarter ( 9 weeks; 6-8 hours per week)

Structure: Remote

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About the Practitioner: Author and New York Times Magazine writer Noah Gallagher Shannon is seeking a motivated, energetic person with a can-do approach to assist with research, transcribing, editing, and assorted administrative tasks for an upcoming book project. 

The book, which is forthcoming from Random House, revolves around three young men on the great University of Texas, El Paso track and field team of 1973-1981, a cohort of incredible athletes from recently de-colonized nations across East Africa who won 17 national titles before being driven out of the US by a racist/nationalist campaign by the established powers in the sport.

Job Duties and Responsibilities 

Strong candidates will have a demonstrated interest or background in journalism, sports, East African culture and history, social justice/civil rights, West Texas, or the 1970s. Administrative work, such as transcribing interviews and organizing notes, will overlap closely with deep archival, library, and newspaper research into complex and varied topics, such as “NCAA rule changes” or the “Mau Mau Uprising.” The job requires a person who can tackle these research tasks independently – gathering together, for example, a quick but nuanced list of potential experts and sources to consult on a given topic – but is also an opportunity to work closely with an established writer and grow reporting and writing skills in real-time.


This job requires fast typing; rigorous organization; a familiarity navigating the intricacies of library, online, and archival research; a high standard of accuracy; close attention to detail; openness to learning new skills; and the ability to hit tight deadlines.

Required Materials - Submit to Handshake

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Sample