These newsrooms are accepting spring and summer 2020 internships applications

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Every month, the Student Press Law Center publishes a list of paid journalism internships. Here are some spring and summer internships with upcoming deadlines. 

Did we miss any? Email SPLC reporter Joe Severino at to add an internship.

Student Press Law Center, (Washington, D.C.)

Journalism Internship — Join our small team with an outsized impact. The Student Press Law Center is seeking accomplished college journalists for paid internships in Washington, D.C. We’re seeking self-starting storytellers to chronicle student media organizations in perilous times, recognize trends in student media and help SPLC expand its audience and impact. Applications due Jan. 31, 2020 for summer 2020.


The New York Times 

  • Interactive News Summer Intern — The interactive news team is a team of software engineers embedded in the newsroom of The New York Times. As an intern, you’ll contribute to projects used by hundreds of NYT journalists and millions of readers. You’ll be working with web development and you will gain an understanding of building modern, scalable, software while immersed in a newsroom environment. The NYT is reviewing applications now, so apply as soon as possible!

No Date

CNN (Atlanta and New York City)

  • Spring Internships — CNN has about 70 different internships spring internships available, ranging from producer, digital, ad research, design and more. The dates for each are Jan. 13 to April 3. 

Nov. 8 

South Florida Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

  • Summer Internship — Positions for interns are open in news, entertainment and sports reporting, multimedia/interactives and photo/video. All levels of college students and recent graduates are welcome to apply. 

Nov. 12

The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Virginia)

  • Summer Data Internship — The Virginian-Pilot is working with the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund to find a data journalism intern for the summer. The internship includes a week of training with IRE journalists before you start at The Pilot.

Nov. 15

FOX5 KSWB (San Diego)

  • Spring Broadcast Internships — Running from January to May, interns will help with script writing, script formatting, segment producing, guest coordinating and logging sound bites. They’ll also help the assignment desk make phone calls to research stories and learn writing for the Web. nterns may also get the opportunity to work on an intern newscast — anchoring, reporting, producing and writing their own show as a special project.

Texas Tribune (Various Locations)

  • Summer Reporting Fellowship (Austin, Texas) — Any fellowship listed for the Texas Tribune is for students. Ideal candidates will have experience reporting and writing on deadline and an interest in covering state policy topics like health, education, immigration, criminal justice and the environment, as well as the state’s changing demographics. Previous fellows have written about everything from a fight at the Legislature over the use of public restrooms to the question of whether a Brexit-style Texit could ever happen.
  • Summer Reporting Fellowship (Washington, D.C.) —The Washington, D.C., reporting fellow works alongside Bureau Chief Abby Livingston to cover the 38-member Texas congressional delegation, U.S. House and Senate elections, and the biggest Texas news in the nation’s capital.
  • Summer Art Fellowship (Austin, Texas) — The Texas Tribune is seeking digital creatives who have experience using the Adobe Creative Suite to produce design and digital illustration. 
  • Summer Engineering Fellowship (Austin, Texas) —The Tribune’s six-person engineering team is seeking a candidate with experience with JavaScript or Python, as well as a mix of experience with Git, web technologies/standards (HTML+CSS) and data processing/analysis. Specific projects will be informed by the skills and interests of the fellow, but themes might include work with automated testing and Continuous Integration, ETL processing, and site performance and accessibility standards.
  • Summer Engagement Fellowship (Austin, Texas) — Work for this position may include packaging Tribune stories for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, contributing to our daily newsletters, helping produce live discussions for our readers and pitching and editing short-form videos or other original content for social readers.
  • Summer Events Fellowship (Austin, Texas) — The fellow will be responsible for crafting event listings, devising and executing an event promotional strategy and managing event production tasks.
  • Summer Marketing and Communications Fellowship (Austin, Texas) — The fellow will be responsible for building relationships with Texas and national media, devising a plan for distributing Tribune content and managing editorial partnerships and in-kind Texas Tribune Festival partnerships. The fellow will also write media materials including releases, pitches and promotional copy for investigations and projects.
  • Summer Multimedia Fellowship (Austin, Texas) — Do everything from creating zippy social media shorts to live streaming breaking news to assisting with long-form documentaries. Pitch, shoot and edit exciting Texas news stories for an engaged online audience. 
  • Summer Photography Fellowship (Austin, Texas) — Assignments may range from a portrait of a political candidate to a protest at the state Capitol to a farm that’s affected by state policy.

The Virginian-Pilot (Multiple locations)

  • Summer InternshipThe Virginian-Pilot is looking for reporting, visual and audience interns for summer 2020. Interns can work throughout the company, from The Pilot in Norfolk to the Daily Press in Newport News to the Virginia Gazette in Williamsburg, or other publications from the Outer Banks to Richmond.

Dec. 1 

Los Angeles Times 

  • Summer Digital/Engagement Internship — Submissions will be accepted for internships in audience engagement, digital editing and production on the newspaper’s website. These are not reporting positions.

Dec. 6

The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, North Carolina)

  • Summer Internship —  Reporting positions are available at both The Charlotte Observer and its sister paper The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. Students at all levels of college are eligible. Each intern works with a mentor and can expect regular feedback and side-by-side editing.

The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina)

  • Summer Internship —  Reporting positions are available at both The Charlotte Observer and its sister paper The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. Students at all levels of college are eligible. Each intern works with a mentor and can expect regular feedback and side-by-side editing.

Dec. 15

Los Angeles Times 

  • Summer Data and Graphics Department Internship — The Los Angeles Times recently merged its Graphics and Data Visualization Department and Data Desk but will continue to have separate internships in this digital space, with slightly different roles: one focuses on breaking news, front-end development and print graphics. The second concentrates on databases and back-end and project development. There is a single application for both internships.

Jan. 6

POLITICO (Arlington, Virginia)

  • POLITICO Journalism Institute — An intensive 10-day program running from May 26 to June 5, 2020, for college and graduate students. Students will split time between the Arlington newsroom and American University’s campus. Housing is provided. Many students go on to other internships in the summer at POLITICO or other media outlets.

Jan. 15 

FOX40 (Sacramento, California)

  • Spring News Internship — Interns will work on the assignment desk, help coordinate reporters and photographers to their daily assignments, creating content for newscasts and working with social media. 

KTLA (Los Angeles)

  • Spring News Internship — This internship is designed for a student who is interested in gaining an understanding of how a daily newscast is brought to air. Must be able to work 20 hours a week.

Feb. 1 

Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents’ Association (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)

  • Pennsylvania Capital Reporters Summer Internship — Two interns are wanted to assist multiple Pennsylvania news outlets with coverage of the Pennsylvania Statehouse. Interns will help cover the state budget and report on committee hearings and other political and policy stories in a fast-paced news environment

Did we miss any? Send internship information to SPLC reporter Joe Severino by email at or call 202-974-6318. Follow him on Twitter at @jj_severino

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