Your first copy editing job
Joe Grimm, recruiter at the Detroit Free Press, offers advice to a student on how to get a copy-editing internship:
Copy editors are in high demand at newspapers, but newspapers typically value experience above all other qualifications. We even want intern applicants to have some experience. The hands-on experience you crave will be critical to seeing whether you really like the work and to ultimately getting a job. As you are still in school, I suggest you start with a campus publication.What will be on that copy-editing test? You'll have to edit stories -- answer questions on AP style, fix errors with spelling, grammar and punctuation, and write headlines and cutlines. You may also be quizzed on current events.
Once you have enough experience to decide that you love the work, many newspapers will rely on that and a copy editing test to see whether you're employable.
Here's a good place to get started.