Internships at the Student Press Law Center
We are no longer accepting applications for Summer and Fall 2013 internships. Please check back in the fall 2013 semester for information on our Spring and Summer 2014 positions.
The Student Press Law Center has internship positions available in its Washington, D.C.,-area office each school semester and during the summer, including traditional news reporting positions and a position focusing on social media and organization-building. The internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent college graduates with experience in news writing and an interest in media law.
The SPLC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that serves as a source of legal assistance for the student media and the public, providing information on subjects ranging from libel and invasion of privacy to freedom-of-information law and censorship.
Journalism interns research, write and help edit the Report, the Center's magazine that chronicles student press law cases and controversies from around the country. Interns also write breaking news and analysis pieces for the Center's website. Those with an interest in video and multimedia are especially encouraged to apply, and help us create the images that will bring students' censorship experiences to life.
Outreach-Social Media interns help build and manage the SPLC's public "face" through Twitter and social media, getting news about the latest legal developments -- and about the SPLC's work on behalf of student journalists -- in front of a larger audience to build awareness of the legal challenges students face.
Additionally, interns join in issue-oriented seminars organized by the SPLC and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. In recent semesters, we've toured The New York Times Washington bureau, heard arguments at the Supreme Court, and met with The Washington Post's legal staff.
We offer at least three full-time internships per semester, paying a living expense stipend of $3,500 for the 15-week term. Many interns arrange to receive academic credit from their college or university with the support of the SPLC. The summer 2013 internship term will run from mid-May through August. The fall 2013 internship term runs from mid- to late-August through December. (Precise start and end dates can be adjusted to accommodate minor scheduling conflicts.)
To apply for an internship, send a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for working with the Student Press Law Center along with a resume, samples of your news writing and the names and telephone numbers of two professional or academic references. If you are applying for an outreach-social media internship, please include relevant work samples.
Applications must be received by Feb. 15, 2013.
During the fall and spring terms, we also offer one unpaid, part-time position for a D.C.-area college student with flexible hours that can be structured for academic credit. Applications for this position will be accepted until filled.
Submit your application electronically to:
Sara Gregory, publications fellow