Opportunities at the Reporters Committee include full-time positions, legal and policy fellowships, internships, and other openings as they are available. Please note application and deadline requirements for each position.
The Reporters Committee offers comprehensive benefits packages for full-time employees, including 18 weeks of paid parental leave and up to 24 weeks of leave after one year of service through our New Child Leave Policy.
The Reporters Committee is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color, people of all ages, and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.
RCFP is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind: RCFP is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at RCFP are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, age, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. RCFP will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.
Staff Attorney — Technology, National Security, and Reporter/Source Confidentiality
The Reporters Committee is currently seeking a staff attorney who will be responsible for litigation, amicus, public education, and external advocacy matters involving technology law and policy and national security as they impact press freedom as well as reporter/source confidentiality. This position reports to the Technology and Press Freedom Project Director, and works closely with the Legal Director and other members of the legal team on litigation and amicus matters, and to provide legal and strategic advice on issues touching on the Staff Attorney’s portfolio.
This full-time position will be based in Washington, D.C. While an internal candidate has been identified for this position, qualified external applicants will be considered. The deadline to apply is October 29, 2021.
More information about this position, including job responsibilities and qualifications, can be found here.
Each year, the Reporters Committee welcomes legal fellows to our Washington, D.C., office. They monitor significant developments in media law, assist staff attorneys responding to legal defense requests from reporters, assist staff attorneys in preparing legal memoranda, litigation materials and friend-of-the-court briefs, and handle other special projects. In addition, fellows write content for our website and for other publications. The work is challenging, but rewarding!
Visit our fellowships page for detailed information about each of our opportunities and to apply.
Some interns may be enrolled in Washington semester study programs through their colleges or universities.
The RCFP legal team offers up to three full-time summer internships for current law students (1Ls and 2Ls). Legal interns have the opportunity to work with Reporters Committee attorneys on litigation and amicus-related projects, conduct legal research, and gain hands-on experience addressing a broad range of media law issues.
Deadline: The deadline to apply for a 2022 summer legal internship is Jan. 15, 2022.
To apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample (preferably a legal writing sample) and a transcript (transcripts are only required for 2L applicants). A strong background or interest in journalism is preferred. NOTE: Please submit materials in one PDF or Word file. Apply using this SmartRecruiters link.
The Technology and Press Freedom Project (TPFP)/policy team offers one full-time summer internship for current students.
Interns have the opportunity to work with the Reporters Committee’s TPFP/policy team on press freedom projects that impact both federal and state policy. Applicants should be current graduate or law students interested in public policy and press freedom. The TPFP/policy intern will provide essential research on legislation and policies related to press freedom, along with updating policy documents and resources for our website. Interns will have the chance to experience policy-related events around Washington, D.C., as opportunities arise, such as attending congressional hearings, policy briefings and strategy meetings.
Deadline: The deadline to apply for a 2022 summer policy internship is Jan. 15, 2022.
To apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample and an undergraduate or graduate transcript, if applicable. A strong background or interest in journalism is preferred. NOTE: Please submit materials in one PDF or Word file. Apply using this SmartRecruiters link.
The Reporters Committee’s communications team offers part- and full-time internships for college students and recent graduates in the fall, spring and summer semesters. The Communications Intern will have the opportunity to collaborate with staff across the organization (legal, policy, development and operations) as they support the communications team in raising awareness of and engaging more people with the Reporters Committee’s mission and work.
Interns will write about media law issues for the Reporters Committee’s website, support content creation for our social media channels and monthly newsletter, contribute to ongoing research, and help maintain key resources. Interns will also have opportunities to interact with and learn about free press issues from journalists, media lawyers and policymakers through seminars, court hearings and congressional hearings.
Successful candidates will be detail-oriented, have a strong writing background and be interested in expanding their knowledge about U.S. press freedom and media law issues.
Deadline: Applications should be submitted by March 1 for the summer term; Aug. 1 for fall; and Nov. 1 for spring.
To apply: Submit a resume, cover letter and writing samples (maximum of 3 clips OR a short research paper if you do not have clips) using this SmartRecruiters link. A strong background in journalism is preferred. NOTE: Please submit materials in one PDF or Word file.