Jobs @ UCSD Guardian

Please submit all applications and resumes to [email protected].

Who We Are

The Guardian is the University of California at San Diego’s award-winning independent student newspaper, published by UCSD students for the UCSD community. We publish Mondays and Thursdays during the regular academic year, with the exception of summer session, university holidays and final examinations. The Guardian is a student-run organization funded by advertising sales. We hire on a rolling basis and are always accepting applications. Inquire about openings with the appropriate editor or send any general questions you may have to [email protected].

Currently Seeking:
Writers (News, Features, Opinion, Lifestyle, Arts & Entertainment, Sports)
Copy readers
Designers/page layout
Illustrators (staff illustrators, cartoonists, etc)
Ad Reps (Guardian Office Assistant STDT-3 on Port Triton, Job ID 784137)
Newspaper Assistant (Guardian Newspaper Assistant STDT-3 on Port Triton, Job ID 784135)

We accept editorial applications throughout the year on a rolling basis and business positions only when advertised. For business positions not listed under current openings, we may retain your application for future openings. For all work-related inquiries, please email [email protected].

To Apply:

We accept applications on a rolling basis during the academic year, and positions may be filled at any time without notice. Please note that you must be eligible to work in the U.S., a registered student at UC San Diego, and pay UC registration fees for each quarter working at the Guardian. All entry-level positions are unpaid unless denoted otherwise. Editors are paid a weekly stipend and advertising representatives are paid on a commission model. Distributors are paid hourly.

For all positions with the exception of photographer, designer or illustrator, please download and fill out the relevant application below, then email the completed form to [email protected]. Please reference the position you are applying for, as well as your first and last name in the subject line (Ex. Marketing – John Doe, News Writer – Sarah Martin).

If you are applying to be a photographer, designer or illustrator, download the application and email the completed application, with portfolio, to the relevant department: [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected]

WARNING: These applications are in form-fillable PDF format. Because features vary depending on the browser and program you are using, we recommend downloading the form before filling it out, as information filled in directly on your browser may not save.


Editorial Positions
The editorial side puts together the paper that brings you the news — editors, writers, photographers, print layout designers, illustrators/cartoonists and copy readers. All editorial positions are unpaid.

Writer (PDF): Conduct interviews and necessary research to draft articles at the discretion and guidance of their section editor. Writers may work for News, Opinion, Focus (features), Leisure (lifestyle), Hiatus (arts & entertainment), and/or Sports. New writers are restricted to contributing to one section only.

Photographer (PDF): Take photo assignments on a regular, as-needed basis. Access to a reliable form of transportation is preferred, but not required. If you are applying to be a photographer, designer or illustrator, download the application and email the completed application, with portfolio, to [email protected].

Videographer (PDF): Become a part of the newest department at the Guardian and grow your portfolio while shooting in-depth feature videos, breaking news footage, and informational news segments.

Illustrator/Cartoonist (PDF): Illustrate for the Guardian under the direction of the art editor and section editor. Includes visual representation of articles, editorial cartoons, and comic strips.

Copy Reader (PDF): Proofread articles for publication for grammar, spelling, and punctuation as dictated by the AP Style Guide and Guardian style. Availability on a production day (Sunday or Wednesday) is required. This position is unpaid.

Design Internship (PDF): Draft and layout articles, headlines, photography, art, and infographics as required for the Guardian’s print edition under the direction of the design editor and section editor. Proficiency in Adobe InDesign is highly recommended. Availability on a production day (Sunday or Wednesday) is required. Must be able to work efficiently and effectively. 

The business side handles advertising sales marketing and promotion, website development and distribution of the newspaper.

Advertising Director (PDF): The Advertising Director is our liaison to the local community. This position is an ideal way to build marketing and media experience while working to develop the Guardian‘s reach and selling advertising to clients. The ideal candidate will have a background in event planning or fundraising, as well as leadership and communication skills.

Ad Rep (Office Assistant III on Port Triton) (PDF): The ad rep will work under the direction of the Advertising Director to build the Guardian brand and sell advertising to clients. The ad rep will be expected to meet deadlines, attend meetings as necessary, work in a team environment, contribute ideas, and deal with clients in a professional and cordial manner. Fundraising and event planning experience strongly preferred.

Webmaster (PDF): The webmaster will work with the Advertising Director and Editor to update and maintain the website. Experience in HTML and CMS software is encouraged, but not required.

Driver/Distributor: Responsible for distributing the newspaper across campus using an electric cart, as well as updating and maintaining newsstand visibility. Additional related duties may be assigned. Availability for a continuous four-hour block of time on either Monday or Thursday mornings is required, preferably beginning at 8 a.m. A valid driver’s license and ability to lift loads of reasonable weight is also required. For more information, email [email protected].