Join the Eagle


Applications are now open to join The Eagle for the spring semester! Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 18. The Eagle is looking for photographers, copy editors, news reporters, opinion columnists and staff for our Spanish section, El Águila, for the spring semester! Click here to apply! 

Got questions? Email joinus@theeagleonline.com

About

Interested in covering events on campus, podcasting, interviewing local politicians, covering AU's Division I sports teams or savoring the cuisine in a delicious new restaurant for a review?

You’ve found the place to do all that and more — plus a great community of people to join. Any AU student, including graduate, law and Washington Semester students, is welcome to get involved with The Eagle. In addition to developing skills and producing content you are passionate about, alumni often leave saying working here was the best part of their college experience because of the friends they were able to make and how rewarding they found being a part of The Eagle. Former Eagle staff members have gone on to prestigious internships and jobs at The Washington Post, Bloomberg, the National Journal, Cooking Light, NBC News, NPR, Baltimore Sun Media Group and more.

The Eagle has served as the paper of record for the American University community since 1925. In addition to publishing daily content online, The Eagle also produces one special print edition every semester. Full-time staff members attend editorial board meetings and news shifts in the office each week, in addition to writing articles, taking photos or other assignments as needed.

Besides full-time staff, students can also get involved at The Eagle by being contributors! Any undergraduate or graduate student can contribute. That includes bilingual students interested in taking part in our Spanish article initiative. You’ll produce content for any of The Eagle’s departments: news, life, sports, opinion, online and multimedia. Prior journalism experience is not required. Each section has weekly pitch meetings. There, you can meet the editors, pick up an assignment and get started. It’s a small time commitment and you can start whenever you’d like by attending a pitch meeting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join The Eagle?

Anyone who attends American University, including graduate, law and Washington Semester students, can get involved with The Eagle! The Eagle looks for a range of experiences, skills, and perspectives, and no prior journalism experience is needed.

What sections is The Eagle hiring in for the spring semester? 

The Eagle is looking for photographers, copy editors, opinion columnists, news reporters and staff for our Spanish section, El Águila. 

Can I still get involved in The Eagle even if the section I am interested in isn't hiring?

Yes, you can! Email that section's managing editor for more information about how to get started.

Can I still join The Eagle if I don't have any journalism experience or am not a journalism major?

Yes! The Eagle is a teaching newspaper and we'll teach you everything you need to know to get started. We welcome and encourage students from all backgrounds and fields of study to be a part of The Eagle.

But it's not just all work, and many alumni have left saying working at The Eagle was the highlight of their college experience because of the friends they made and how rewarding being a part of The Eagle was. Hear what some of our alumni have to say about their time working at The Eagle: 

"Joining The Eagle as a freshman was the best decision I made in school. Writing and editing a student-run newspaper is the best possible education for a career in journalism. For me, it laid the groundwork for my current work reporting on and teaching about Congress and national politics," - Zach Cohen, Editor-in-Chief 2012-2013

"Whenever someone asks me which class at AU was my favorite, I always give the same answer: "Working for The Eagle." I didn't get any academic credit for it. But my experiences there--working alongside talented colleagues, navigating ethical dilemmas, balancing tricky deadlines, mentoring new recruits--laid the foundation for all the success I've been lucky enough to have in journalism since graduating ... If you're a journalism student, or you're just interested in meeting new people and better understanding your campus, the best thing you can do to prepare for the future is start working for The Eagle," - Mark Lieberman, staff writer 2012-2015


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