February 15, 2012

Paid legal journalism internships @ Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a Washington-D.C. based organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment and journalists' rights, offers paid journalism and media law internships year-round.

As a small organization, the Reporters Committee relies heavily on its interns to provide significant contributions to our publications and our legal work. Interns report and write on free press and media law issues for our magazine, The News Media & the Law, Web site and guidebooks and assist our staff of lawyers in conducting research to help reporters overcome legal hurdles covering the news.

The Reporters Committee also provides its interns with regular opportunities to interact with working journalists, media lawyers and policymakers through seminars around Washington, D.C. Interns will attend Congressional hearings on Capitol Hill, hear arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal appellate courts and visit newsrooms and government agencies where they can learn firsthand about free-press issues.

Students or recent graduates may intern in the Spring, Summer or Fall semesters. Interns may receive college credit and are eligible to receive a $2,000 stipend from the Reporters Committee. Some interns may be enrolled in Washington semester study programs through their colleges or universities.

Applications are best sent by May 31 for Fall; October 31 for Spring and January 31 for the Summer term, but are accepted anytime on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing samples (3-5 clips, journalistic writing samples and/or a short research paper) to: Internship Coordinator The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press 1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100 Arlington, VA 22209 or internships@rcfp.org

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