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, help craft core SPLC messaging for our website and marketing materials, produce regular social media content for our brand, create story packages highlighting great examples of student journalism, and more.
They will also work on a long-term project of their choosing. The intern will research, report and produce social media, blogs, newsletter copy, and other communications at their discretion to tell their chosen story. For Fall 2022, the intern can choose from these projects:
- Constitution Day — September 17 marks the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. This day is a time to learn and reflect on our Constitutional rights— it’s also mandated by the Department of Education that every educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students. SPLC works year round to protect the First Amendment and free press rights of student journalists. What would you plan for Constitution Day? How would you tell the story of how SPLC’s work relates to Constitution Day?
- Access Denied— Too often, student journalists find their access to information blocked by being denied records, interviews and entry to meetings, even in cases where they have a legal right to that public information. SPLC provides tools, guides and our legal hotline to help student journalists fight for their rights to this information. How would you tell the story of student journalists’ right to access and SPLC’s role in defending that right?
- Pitch your own idea — Is there a different story you’d like to tell on behalf of SPLC? Create your own project pitch and tell us what you envision.
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.
- 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.
$15 per hour. Approximately 15 hours each week.
The position runs from approximately Aug. 15 — Dec. 9, 2022.
This is a remote internship. SPLC’s office is based in Washington D.C.
Please send your resume, at least two writing samples and a one-page pitch detailing how you would tell the story of Constitution Day, Access, or your own idea. (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 Alexis Mason, SPLC Outreach and Operations Manager at email@example.com. 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.