Journalism Intern

Student Press Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia

Date Posted September 16, 2019
Industry Nonprofit
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Intern
Salary $7,350 for 15 weeks ($490 a week stipend)


Join our small and scrappy team! The Student Press Law Center seeks accomplished college journalists for paid spring 2020 internships in Washington, D.C. 

The internship runs 15 weeks, from Jan. 22 to May 6, 2020. The application deadline is Oct. 15, 2019.

We’re seeking self-starting storytellers to chronicle student media organizations in perilous times, recognize trends in student media and help SPLC expand its audience and impact. The positions are open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent college graduates. Many interns arrange to receive academic credit from their college or university with the endorsement of the SPLC.

What it takes to be a stand-out candidate: Have a passion for journalism and justice. Be a ranking, self-starting ranking editor who juggles multiple initiatives and engages in strategic planning. Be a nuanced, precise writer. Have experience in accountability reporting, statehouse coverage, covering campus crime, government and/or school boards/districts. Tell us if you’ve ever battled against censorship by administrators, filed a Freedom of Information request or dealt with attempts to bar you from a public meeting. Experience with using G Suite (especially Google Docs), creating podcasts and editing video are all pluses. You should have a command of A.P. style.

Your portfolio should convey how you take complex subjects and break them down into fluid, explanatory news stories.

Experience in writing across platforms, video and podcast editing and tracking web analytics help show that you’re a well rounded candidate.

The Student Press Law Center is an advocate for student First Amendment rights, freedom of online speech, and open government on campus. The SPLC provides information, training and legal assistance at no charge to high school and college student journalists and the educators who work with them. We work at the intersection of journalism, law and education. Founded in 1974, the SPLC is a nonpartisan, 501 c-3 nonprofit organization that serves as nation’s only organization dedicated solely to tackling the legal challenges facing student media.

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