Internships at the Student Press Law Center

The Student Press Law Center is now hiring interns for fall 2017. 

The Student Press Law Center is seeking up to four interns for the fall of 2017. Three positions are full-time and come with a stipend. One position is part-time, unpaid, and designed for a D.C.-area based student to receive academic credit.

These internships are best suited for someone interested in careers at 501(c)(3) nonprofits, news organizations or related journalism and education associations.

Journalism Intern 

Duties include: 

  • Report and write daily breaking news and analysis pieces for the SPLC website. Those with video and multimedia skills are especially encouraged to apply, and help create the story packages that will bring students' censorship experiences to life.
  • Break news online about the SPLC’s New Voices USA and The Active Voice initiatives.
  • Research, write and help edit the Report, the Center's magazine that chronicles student press law cases and controversies from around the country. 

Strategic Communications Intern

Duties include:

  • Draft the weekly e-newsletter.
  • Create original graphic, image or video content for SPLC’s social media channels and website 2-3 times per week.
  • Engage stakeholders through social media with original news and curated content about SPLC's core work, plus the New Voices USA and The Active Voice initiatives.
  • Track news about to SPLC, New Voices USA and The Active Voice to share on social media.
  • Conduct research and reach out to influencers as directed by the Director of Engagement. 

Development/Nonprofit Intern 

Duties include: 

  • Conduct research on prospective donors.
  • Outreach to foundation and corporate prospects, develop appeals and pitch packages and oversee organization of special events, guided by the Executive Director.
  • Assist with updates to and reports for current funders.
  • Help maintain donor database and related electronic and paper files.
  • Assist with relationship-building and recognition of SPLC stakeholders, individual donors, alumni and volunteers.
  • Identify opportunities for SPLC to maximize visibility through speaking and media appearances.

Local, journalism and social media internship: During the fall and spring terms, we offer one unpaid, part-time journalism and social media position for a D.C.-area college student with flexible hours that can be structured for academic credit.

About the internships 

The SPLC offers internship positions in its Washington, D.C., office each school semester and during the summer.

Internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent college graduates with experience in up to four specialty areas: news reporting/writing, media law, nonprofit organization management and strategic communications. 

Are you in law school? SPLC offers a legal internship for qualified students in law school, which takes place over the summer. Depending on the applicant’s schedule, there have been occasional legal internships in the spring and fall as well.

Stipends and housing

SPLC pays a living expense stipend of $4,000 (summer, for 10 weeks) and $5,600 (spring and fall semesters, for 15 weeks). Many interns arrange to receive academic credit from their college or university with the support of the SPLC. 

The SPLC doesn't provide housing, but will assist interns in finding housing for the semester. Washington, D.C. has plenty of intern housing available, including furnished properties owned by Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH), which gives SPLC interns a 10 percent discount on general rates for spring and fall semesters. 

Special opportunities for interns

Additionally, interns join in issue-oriented seminars organized by the SPLC. In recent semesters, they’ve visited The White House, visited The New York Times Washington bureau, heard arguments at the Supreme Court, met with The Washington Post's legal staff and attended First Amendment seminars at the Newseum.

About the SPLC

Founded in 1974, the SPLC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that serves as the premier source of legal assistance for student media. The SPLC 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.

How to apply

Assemble a single PDF that includes:

  • A cover letter that describes your interest in and qualifications for working with SPLC. Be sure to indicate which internship you’re applying for.
  • A current resume.
  • Journalism candidates should include three samples of your news writing, or active links to your work. Strategic Communications candidates should include three work samples/links. Development/Nonprofit candidates should include three research, strategic planning, pitch or other relevant documents
  • Names, telephone numbers and email addresses of two professional or academic references. 

Submit your application for a fall 2017 internship to:


Application packets must be received by email no later than Friday, July 7, 2017.