Staff Writer Internship - GrainsWest
Alberta Barley - Calgary, AB

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Reporting to the managing editor, the staff writer will work 40 hours per week in this full-time position for GrainsWest, the official magazine of Alberta Barley and the Alberta Wheat Commission. This internship will evolve based on the employee’s strengths and interests, as well as operational need. If the intern displays exceptional talent, the position may be extended beyond the initial four-month period.


The intern is primarily responsible for conducting research and writing stories for GrainsWest magazine. Duties include, but are not limited to:

GrainsWest Magazine:

  • Researching, interviewing and writing stories for GrainsWest, as well as assisting with copy editing, fact checking and proofreading, as assigned.
  • Ongoing reporting to the managing editor.
  • Pitching story ideas to the managing editor.
  • Providing editorial support to GrainsWest staff, as assigned.


  • Writing original blog content for Alberta Barley and the Alberta Wheat Commission, and


  • Writing assignments for Alberta Barley and the Alberta Wheat Commission, as directed, including spot coverage of events.
  • Copy editing and proofreading, as directed.


The ideal candidate is a student or recent graduate of English, Journalism or Communications Studies. A background or knowledge of the agricultural sector is considered an asset, but is not required. The following skills are also required:

  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills
  • A solid understanding of CP style
  • Journalism experience
  • Excellent organizational, critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Strong, creative and informative writing skills
  • Accountability for a high degree of accuracy
  • Ability to meet shifting priorities: deadline-oriented
  • Intermediate knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, Mac OS, and social media (Twitter, WordPress, blogging, etc.).
  • Experience in updating and maintaining websites: basic HTML preferred, but not required (must be willing to learn)
  • Excellent research skills
  • Ability to accept constructive criticism and a desire to develop your writing skills


  • $15–17 per hour, based on experience (40 hours per week)


  • Start Date: Sept. 8, 2014
  • End Date: Dec. 23, 2014


  • The employee will receive written termination notice in accordance with the Government of Alberta’s Employment Standards.


  • All employees are to follow all policies as documented in the Alberta Barley Commission’s Personnel Policies.
  • Hours of work are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise approved by the employee’s manager.


  • Please submit a cover letter, resume and three recent writing samples in a single PDF to Trevor Bacque, managing editor, by Aug. 25, 2014.