Internships

The Reporters Committee offers internships at its Arlington, Va., headquarters on a regular basis. The work is challenging, but rewarding. Right from the start, interns write articles for our newsletter and magazine, contribute to our booklets on specific legal topics, and conduct research for other special projects.

Interns are called on to provide significant contributions to our publications and our legal work. Interns report and write on free press and media law issues for our qaurterly magazine The News Media & The Law, website and guidebooks, and assist our staff and legal fellows in media law research.

The Reporters Committee also provides its interns with regular opportunities to interact with working journalists, media lawyers and policymakers through seminars around Washington, D.C. Interns may attend congressional hearings, hear arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court or other federal appellate courts, and visit newsrooms and government agencies where they can learn firsthand about free-press issues.

Students or recent graduates may intern during the spring, summer or fall semesters. Interns may receive college credit and are eligible to receive a $2,000 stipend from the Reporters Committee. Some interns may be enrolled in Washington semester study programs through their colleges or universities.

Two types of internship are available:

Journalism interns

College student or recent graduates will cover a broad range of issues, primarily writing for our magazine, website, guidebooks and other publications.

Legal interns

Law students will gain experience in legal research and writing, aiding the attorneys at the Reporters Committee with answering calls from our legal hotline and will contribute to the magazine, wesbite, guidebooks and other publications. Journalism experience is not necessary, but is preferred.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and writing samples (3-5 clips and/or a short research paper). A strong background in journalism is preferred.

Applications should be sent by Jan. 31 for the summer term; July 13 for fall; and October 31 for spring. However, applications are also accepted on an ongoing basis until all positions are filled.

Applicants should send:

  • resume
  • cover letter
  • 3-5 writing samples (journalistic writing samples and/or a short research paper)

To:

Internship Coordinator
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, VA 22209

or via email to internships@rcfp.org