ThinkLab College Internship
Creative Multimedia Storytelling + Solutions-oriented Projects

How are people reinventing home and their midstory in this time of flux, particularly in the spaces of struggling middle American cities?

Midstory’s 2024 summer ThinkLab internship program is for the next generation of thinkers who believe in shaping the post-industrial story through a multidisciplinary framework. Students work closely with our team across an 8-10 week program to craft and share hidden stories through research, solutions-oriented projects and multimedia production — with such topics as demography, the environment, culture, arts, education and more. Opportunities for engaging in projects throughout the Midwest include ongoing water-related research, a look at cities across the region through data, and more. The program runs in-person from late May to early August; however, a virtual format is also available.

Midstory is looking for interns in:

  • Policy
  • Multimedia
  • Journalism
  • Arts & Culture
  • Design
  • Math & Data Analysis
  • Environmental Science
  • History
  • Urban Planning
  • This internship is for you if you:

  • Are a storyteller.
  • Are a strong writer or researcher.
  • Want to make a difference in underserved and often-ignored communities.
  • Want to develop your multimedia storytelling abilities.
  • Can articulate ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Are a creative problem solver and idea generator.
  • Believe in creating powerful research and content that is true and authentic.
  • Aspire to be a journalist, social architect, policy-maker, cultural influencer, designer, filmmaker or writer.
  • Apply Now:

    Please download the application below and remember to provide a resume, cover letter and any other listed attachments. When completed, you can email your application and attachments as PDFs (or multimedia files if relevant) to

    Summer 2024 Program Deadlines:

    Application due: Sunday, March 17, 2024 11:59pm (ET)
    Extended Deadline: Sunday, March 24, 2024 11:59pm (ET)


    • Research & team brainstorming
    • Transcribe interviews
    • Storyboard, write & produce content
    • Assist with interviews, video & audio shoots


    • Strong writing & research skills
    • Ability to take direction and work in a dynamic environment
    • A self-motivated, team-oriented attitude


    • Experience creating video and/or audio content
    • Adobe Creative Suite fluency
    • Experience interviewing
    • Experience with DSLR or advanced mirrorless cameras, sound/lighting equipment

    While Midstory currently does not offer salaries to college interns, as a 501(c)(3) organization we offer both college credit and signed volunteer hours. We aim to provide an internship experience beyond the typical “work”—an independent but guided creative pursuit that cultivates both hard and soft skills for our interns through mentorship and community engagement. We encourage our interns to pursue avenues for university funding, as well as to communicate any potential issues directly with our team, who can provide advice and avenues for community resources.

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    Meet our Past Interns
    See what they've experienced with us

    Beyond the Surface: The Consequences of Shrinking Great Lakes Ice Coverage

    Written by Riley Walsh

    Over the last 50 years, the Great Lakes have experienced increasing variations in ice coverage. Certain winters, such as 2014, witnessed near complete coverage while others had minimal ice. Nevertheless, a clear pattern emerges, indicating an overall decline in icy conditions. This trend has implications not only for the environmental landscape of the lakes, but also for vital regional industries like hydropower, fishing and commercial shipping.

    Riley Walsh

    "The Avenue" was once a vibrant commercial district fit to rival the luxurious shopping centers downtown. Today, the street bears the familiar scars of crime, poverty and divestment that have become synonymous with Chicago's South Side. The Ave, however, has a rich history and cultural memory that has not yet decayed — photographs and testimonials memorialize its better days, and locals look toward a future where The Ave will once again be in full bloom.

    Jasmine M. Green

    The Ave: The Wilted, Other Magnificent Mile on Chicago’s South Side

    Written by Jasmine M. Green et al.

    All Aboard: Reimagining Toledo & Its Union Station

    Video by Reagan Shull et al.

    From the Old Union Depot in the 1880s to the Central Union Terminal that opened in 1950 and the 1990s renovation, our current train station has undergone cycles of rising and falling. Robert Seyfang, lead architect on the renovation project, sheds light on the community’s connection to the station and challenges us to consider how we relate to our city.

    Reagan Shull

    As landmark cases are won for Native American communities in federal courts, we examine the native populations that once inhabited (and, in some cases, still inhabit) what is known today as the Toledo region and the state of Ohio. Read on for a brief history and coverage of some of the major nations that inhabited this region before European settlers did.

    Jessie Walton

    The Forgotten History of Ohio’s Indigenous Peoples

    Written by Jessie Walton

    About Midstory

    Midstory Media Thinkhub is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in March of 2018 by four core members from the Midwest who have received an education from universities such as Harvard, Princeton, and MIT and have since returned to Toledo, OH to begin a lifelong journey for post-industrial communities. With an interdisciplinary approach, the Midstory team dedicates its operations to curating a voice out of the Midwest through research, publication, public engagement, and broadcasting. In the midst of a noisy national canopy, our Midstory is a space of connection and intersection in the American experience. We believe telling these stories will reveal and enrich the cultural narrative of these post-industrial cities, demonstrate today’s revitalization, and draw vital people and movements to uncover the foundations on which future progress may be built.

    Midstory does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected class. If you have a disability, we’re more than happy to accommodate and make the interview process easier for you.