SPLC Seeking Storytelling Intern

The Student Press Law Center is searching for an intern to help us tell the story of student press freedom: why we need it and how censorship threatens it. The storytelling intern will work to uplift the stories of student journalists and advisers nationwide, and share how our organization defends and supports them. 

The intern will work closely with our communications and outreach team to produce written and multimedia blog content, conduct marketing research, assist in writing statements, support earned media opportunities and more. 

They will also work on a long-term project of their choosing. The intern will research, report and produce email copy, social media materials, blogs, press releases and other communications tools at their discretion to tell their chosen story. For Spring 2022, the intern can choose from these projects:

  • Yearbook Censorship — From tearing out pages of a completed yearbook, to restricting what students are allowed to cover, to withholding the book altogether, high school administrators in recent years have taken yearbook censorship to new lengths. This not only undermines the hard work of students, but destroys a valuable piece of journalism. How would you tell that story?
  • End of school year retaliation — while students are focused on finals and summer internships, many administrators take the opportunity to push forward harmful measures (like budget cuts or removing the adviser) to troublesome journalism programs. How would you tell that story?

The internship will offer a mix of creative and administrative work, and we can tailor the internship to the specific interests and skills of the intern. This is an excellent opportunity to work directly with seasoned professionals and learn about communications and nonprofit advocacy.

About the Student Press Law Center:

The Student Press Law Center (“SPLC”) is an independent, nonpartisan 501c(3) organization based in Washington, D.C. which works at the intersection of law, journalism and education to promote, support and defend the First Amendment rights of student journalists at the high school and college level. Founded in 1974, the Student Press Law Center has a free legal hotline that serves thousands of student journalists and advisers across the United States. Thanks to a solid endowment, growing foundation support and generous individual donors, we also engage in training, advocacy and outreach to empower student journalists, promote the value of journalism education and spotlight the need to ensure legal protections for student press freedom through the New Voices movement. As an organization, we embrace change and encourage innovation while building a dynamic and creative workplace. For more information on SPLC’s mission, history and vision, visit SPLC.org

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing ability
  • Proficient video editing (We use Adobe Premiere, but if you can edit using another program that you own, that’s fine!)
  • Able to create simple graphics (using Canva is fine!)
  • Able to multitask
  • An interest in using social media and a keen eye for what’s trending
  • Must be very organized
  • Must be enrolled at a college or university or have graduated in December.

Compensation:

$15 per hour. Approximately 15 hours each week.

Duration:

The position runs from approximately Jan. 26 – May 20, 2022. 

Location:

This is a remote internship. SPLC’s office is based in Washington D.C. 

To Apply:

Please send your resume, at least two writing samples and a one-page pitch detailing how you would tell the story of either Yearbook Censorship or End of Year Retaliation. (See above for prompts.) Your pitch should include an explanation of the platforms and mediums you would create content for, who the target audiences would be and how you would reach them. Please include two references. Submit all materials to Andrew Benson, SPLC Communications and Outreach Officer at abenson@splc.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

The Student Press Law Center strives to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. We actively seek people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work. As an EOE/AA employer, the Student Press Law Center will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.