The Student Press Law Center is recruiting interns for summer 2019

Join our small and scrappy team! The Student Press Law Center is seeking accomplished college journalists and law students for paid internships in Washington, D.C. The application deadline is March 1.

The 10 week program runs from June 3 to Aug. 9, 2019.

The living expense stipend for the summer internship is $4,900 ($490 a week). For the most part, work days are Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5-5:30 p.m.

Summer legal fellow

An outstanding opportunity for law school students interested in careers that involve protecting the First Amendment rights of journalists. Duties include conducting legal research, helping refine legal guides and fact sheets and writing stories for the website and The Report magazine. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to the principles of press freedom, and have studied copyright law and fair use, the Freedom of Information Act, FERPA and open meetings laws. Applicants should have a background in journalism and superior research and writing skills.

You will work closely with SPLC’s legal team and Director of Engagement Diana Mitsu Klos.

Journalism interns 

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. The positions are open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent college graduates. Many interns arrange to receive academic credit from their college or university with the endorsement of the SPLC.

What it takes to be a stand-out candidate: Have a passion for journalism and justice. Be a ranking self-starting ranking editor who juggles multiple initiatives and engages in strategic planning. Be a precise writer. Have experience in accountability reporting, statehouse coverage, covering campus crime, government and/or school boards/districts. Tell us if you’ve ever battled against censorship by administrators, filed a Freedom of Information request or dealt with attempts to bar you from a public meeting. Experience with using G Suite (especially Google Docs and Fusion Tables), creating podcasts and editing video are all pluses. You should have command of A.P. style, and know what The Bluebook uniform system of citations is.

Your portfolio should convey how you take complex subjects and break them down into fluid, explanatory news stories.

Experience in writing across platforms, video and podcast editing and tracking web analytics help show that you’re a well rounded candidate.

You will report to Director of Engagement Diana Mitsu Klos. Duties include:

· Balancing updates and breaking news on complex legal topics with longer-form storytelling on, its social media platforms and thrice-yearly magazine, The Report. You’ll be working on multiple stories concurrently. Most will center on the intersection of law, journalism and education, as well as compiling our monthly listing of paid internships.

· Breaking news about the SPLC’s New Voices and anti-censorship initiatives.

· Researching and writing for The Report, SPLC’s magazine that chronicles the state of student press rights around the country.

· Taking a multimedia approach to stories, considering from the get-go how a story can be told not only with words, but with photos, video and sound, plus infographics and timelines.

· Drafting social media posts related to your stories.

· Pitching in to get organizational tasks done, such as updating SPLC’s outreach materials, timelines and archiving and scanning documents for the website. We enjoy working as a team.


The SPLC doesn’t provide housing, but will assist interns in finding housing for the semester. Over the last year or two, interns have done well with Airbnb or similar services. Facebook has a couple of groups you can join that focus on intern housing in D.C. There are also furnished properties owned by Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH), which gives SPLC interns a 10 percent discount on general rates for spring and fall semesters. Our small, windowless office is centrally located near major Metro subway and bus lines.

Special opportunities for interns

News and current events junkies will love their time in D.C. In recent semesters, SPLC interns have attended events at The Washington Post, observed the Supreme Court and attended First Amendment seminars at the Newseum.

About the SPLC

The SPLC is an advocate for student First Amendment rights, freedom of online speech, and open government on campus. The SPLC provides information, training and legal assistance at no charge to high school and college student journalists and the educators who work with them. We work at the intersection of journalism, law and education. Founded in 1974, the SPLC is a nonpartisan, 501 c-3 nonprofit organization that serves as nation’s only organization dedicated solely to the legal challenges facing student media.

Deadline and how to apply

Application packets will be considered on a rolling basis and must be received by email by March 1. Please assemble a single PDF that includes:

  • A cover letter that describes your interest in and qualifications for being an SPLC intern.
  • A current resume.
  • Three samples of your news writing or active links to your work/legal research/briefs.
  • A recommendation letter from someone who is familiar with your work and ca tell us how we can make you a better journalist or future lawyer during your time with the SPLC.
  • Names, telephone numbers and email addresses of two professional or academic references.

Submit your application to Director of Engagement Diana Mitsu Klos at The subject line should say, “Summer 2019 intern (or legal fellow)”