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Company: Center for Responsive Politics/OpenSecrets.org
Position:
Seeking Reporting Intern
Location:
District of Columbia
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
August 20, 2013
Job ID: 1408578

Description:

As a news reporting intern, you'll report and write about how money in the electoral process influences politics and government. Interns' responsibilities include writing breaking news items and longer in-depth pieces for the OpenSecrets Blog.

You'll write about various industries and special interests and how the money they pump into politics is designed to affect policy. You'll talk to people affected by federal policy decisions, and to lobbyists, politicians, lawyers and other prominent Washingtonians, to get the scoop on where the money's coming from, why -- and where it's going. You'll get great editing from experienced, award-winning journalists.

You'll also write money-and-politics profiles of issues and industries that are permanently hosted on the Center for Responsive Politics' highly regarded website, OpenSecrets.org.

Our reporting interns depart with numerous clips that demonstrate their strong writing skills and political knowledge.

This job requires great curiosity and the willingness and ability to quickly absorb knowledge about the sometimes arcane subject of campaign finance. But you'll immediately launch into reporting based on our original research, current events or a story pitch that you generate.

Qualified interns will demonstrate strong writing and reporting skills, political knowledge (or at least an interest in and ability to learn about politics) and an enthusiasm for doing the work that helps maintain a healthy democracy.

Experience with web design, video, photography, spreadsheets and databases is helpful but not required.

Undergraduates and graduate students are eligible, as are recent graduates who can commit to staying for the equivalent of one semester.

To apply, send a cover letter, résumé, 3-5 writing samples and three references to jobs+intern+comm@crp.org. Specify your interest in the "reporting internship."

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