Hands on opportunities

During the year, the Reporters Committee offers several internships and fellowships that offer unparalleled experience for students and recent graduates in media law.

The work is challenging but rewarding. You won't spend your time opening someone else's mail, you are a part of the team from Day One.

At the Reporters Committee, interns jump right in writing and researching articles for our online and print publications. Fellows also write and edit, and they are also put to work on legal briefs and frequently handle legal defense hotline calls.

Three legal fellows are hired each year, and the details for applying can be found within the menu on the left. Interns are hired during the summer, fall and spring and, similarly, application information can be found on the menu.

Full-time staff positions, when available, will be posted here.

Knight Litigation Project: Attorney Position

The Reporters Committee is now accepting applications for a new attorney position to support the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Litigation Project. This position will provide an early- to mid-career litigation attorney the opportunity to work with other Reporters Committee attorneys to provide needed pro bono legal assistance to journalists and news organizations — including freelance and independent journalists, and nonprofit news organizations. This Knight Foundation-funded attorney position will focus primarily on litigation involving access to courts and public records, particularly at the state level, and on press freedom issues impacting digital media.

The position will report directly to our Litigation Director. The successful attorney applicant will work on small litigation teams and be expected to participate in all aspects of the First Amendment and media law cases handled by Reporters Committee attorneys as part of the Knight Litigation Project, including motion practice, discovery, brief writing, and hearing/oral argument preparation.

Candidates for this challenging and rewarding position beginning in the fall of 2016 should have a demonstrated interest in the First Amendment and media law. Post-law school judicial clerkship, fellowship, and/or litigation experience with a law firm or public interest organization is strongly preferred. Also preferred is a working knowledge of the technological issues in communication, and their relevance to journalism and free expression. Recent law school graduates with strong credentials will be considered. Applicants should be admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction or awaiting bar exam results/admission in at least one jurisdiction prior to joining RCFP. Applicants who are not members of the D.C. Bar will be required to seek admission. 

The attorney will be paid an annual salary of $68,000 and will receive health and dental benefits. 

Upon completion of one year of service, the attorney will be eligible to participate in the Reporters Committee 401(k) retirement plan which currently provides an employer match of 100% of the first 5% of deferrals. 

How to apply:

All applicants must submit the following:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • names, addresses and phone numbers of at least three references
  • legal writing sample

Applicants with less than one year of post-law school experience must also submit a final law school transcript.

Applications should be sent to:

Katie Townsend
Litigation Director
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
1156 15th Street NW
Suite 1250
Washington, DC 20005

No phone calls, please.


About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The Foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit