January 11, 2011

Paid journalism internship @ Calif. gov't watchdog org

MAPLight.org, a Berkeley-based nonpartisan, nonprofit, government watchdog organization is offering a paid journalism internship.

If you are interested in participatory democracy and would like to help us provide citizens, bloggers and journalists with transparency tools that shine a light on the influence of money in politics an internship at MAPLight.org might be a good fit for you. The position is perfect for someone looking to gain experience pursuant to a communications career in government, public policy, or social justice. Media studies and J-school students are also encouraged to apply.

MAPLight.org’s communications interns possess strong computer, research and writing skills and work on a variety of communications programs. Primary responsibilities include: building media lists; developing story ideas; researching bills, legislators and interest groups; managing media database; updating newsroom pages on Web site; monitoring media coverage; proofreading documents; generating stories using Web site’s government transparency tools; writing media pitches; assisting program assistant with social media program goals; and more.

The position is open from January through August, 2011 with flexible start and end dates. We are actively seeking students and will work around mid-terms and final exam schedules. The position is 10-20 hours per week and pays $10 per hour. A monthly stipend is offered to offset travel and other expenses. Our location is a block from downtown Berkeley BART and two blocks from UC Berkeley. We have a bike rack on premises.

If you are motivated by the mission of MAPLight.org and are interested in working on the cutting edge of government transparency and accountability please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to jobs+comm@maplight.org.

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