Meredith Apprentice Program

Meredith Apprentice Program

See your byline in the glossy pages of a national magazine. Create content for some of the most highly trafficked websites. Work behind the scenes at a photo shoot. Help carry out the social media strategy for an influential media brand. Iowa State students have gotten these opportunities and more through the Meredith Apprentice Program.

The Greenlee School’s partnership with Des Moines-based Meredith Corporation—the No. 1 U.S. magazine operator and owner of the largest premium content digital network for American consumers—places ten Iowa State students in paid editorial/digital and graphic design apprenticeships for an entire academic year. The placements also qualify for Greenlee’s 400-hour required 499A internship.

As an apprentice, you’ll work 15-20 hours a week with popular media brands, such as Better Homes and Gardens, Successful Farming or AllRecipes. Assignments vary each year. You’ll also learn from some of the best editors, art directors and media professionals in the business. Through more than 40 iconic and trusted brands, Meredith’s National Media Group engages 95 percent of American women across digital, magazines, social platforms, video, audio and connected home assistants.

Many former apprentices have gone on to work at Meredith after graduation. Others have found opportunities with prominent national media such as E! News, This Old House, Billboard, Men’s Journal and more. This resume- and portfolio-building adventure will give you an edge.

Deb Gibson, Greenlee associate professor of practice and Meredith Professional in Residence, leads the Iowa State program. Email her at with questions.

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2021-22 Application Process

An online informational meeting for the 2021-22 program will be held Wednesday, March 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. via Webex. Please RSVP to attend. You will receive an email containing the Webex link the day before the meeting.

Next year’s apprenticeships include both editorial and design positions. All apprenticeships will be virtual (remote) until further notice due to COVID-19. Titles may be based in Des Moines or New York City. More information about assignments will be available at the meeting. Apprentices must be junior or senior status by fall 2021 and commit to working both the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters.

The application will be posted on the Greenlee School website on March 4. Applications are due Friday, March 26.

Your completed application, saved as one PDF, should be emailed to Debra Gibson at

Interviews will be conducted in April.


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