November 11, 2008

Paid internships @ Student Press Law Center

If you're interested in news writing and media law, consider a paid internship at the Student Press Law Center.

SPLC, an organization dedicated to protecting high school and college press freedom, has paid internships year-round in its Washington, D.C.-area office. College students, graduate and law students and recent college graduates are eligible to apply.

"Interns research, write and help edit the Report, the Center's thrice-yearly magazine that chronicles student press law cases and controversies from around the country," according to SPLC. "Interns serve as the magazine's news staff, reporting and writing news stories. Interns also write News Flashes and analysis pieces for the Center's popular Web site. Interns have followed the efforts of state legislatures around the country to pass laws protecting high school students' free press rights and covered landmark litigation by the college and commercial media seeking access to campus crime information. Their stories have ranged from exploring the impact of school violence on students' free expression rights to antagonism between the student media and the NCAA."

Full-time spring and fall school semester interns receive a living expense stipend of $3,000 and full-time summer interns receive a stipend of $2,300 and may be eligible for a $700 scholarship from the Associated Collegiate Press. Many interns arrange to receive academic credit from their college or university with the support of the SPLC.

There is no formal application deadline, but applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the following deadlines:

Spring Internship (January - May): November 8, 2008
Summer Internship (May - August): February 1, 2009
Fall Internship (September - December): July 1, 2009

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