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Research & Storytelling College Program

Rebuild the Midwest, one story at a time.

Summer Internship Opportunity in: 
Multimedia Publication and Production • Research & Docket Creation
• Public Engagement and Outreach

Midstory’s 2023 remote 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 to craft and share hidden stories through research, solutions-oriented projects and multimedia production — with such topics as demography, the environment, science, technology, culture, arts, education and more. Opportunities to engage in citywide projects include ongoing water-related research, a look at cities across the Midwest through data, and more. Our students receive full training, curriculum and “on-the-ground” experience through team meetings, social hours, digital workspace platforms, virtual interviewing and research, and more. The 8-10 week program operates from late May to early August. The program format is virtual; however, an in-person format may become available as an option discussed in more detail with applicants.  
The program is designed for students to pursue meaningful and personally-enriching topics in a nonprofit thinkhub setting. Students...
• Obtain experience in a creative, multidisciplinary, team-focused environment
• Connect with professionals, graduate-level researchers and fellow students from all over the country
• Learn design tools and create multimedia with staff support
• Pitch, research and contribute meaningfully
• Have the potential to join future funded projects with Midstory
***We work individually with students who are looking to receive college credit (where applicable) or funding through university departments or scholarship funds. If you have any concerns, please reach out to us at

Midstory aims to cultivate the next generation of creatives and thinkers to shape the Midwest story.  

This internship is for you if you:
Are a storyteller. Are a strong writer or researcher. Are passionate about civic engagement. Want to make a difference in underserved and often-ignored communities. Are a creative thinker and idea generator. Can articulate ideas clearly and concisely. Are a creative problem-solver. Work well in an interdisciplinary team. Believe in creating powerful research and content that is true and authentic. Aspire to be a social engineer, science and technology writer, policy-maker, cultural influencer, designer, filmmaker or writer.
To apply
Please refer to for more information on the program, application deadlines and our downloadable application package. When completed, you can email your application and attachments as PDFs (or multimedia files if relevant) to
To be considered, a full application must be submitted.
Regular decision: Saturday, March 18, 2023 11:59pm (ET).

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. The Midstory team dedicates its operations to progress the narrative of the Midwest by incubating bright, diverse and interdisciplinary thinkers to exchange ideas and envision the future of our region through multimedia storytelling and solutions-oriented research.