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Online Journalism / Writing / Research / Art Internship in Prison Reform / Human Rights (DC or NY)

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Solitary Watch | Washington, DC
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January 20, 2020
May 20, 2020
January 20, 2020
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Solitary Watch offers interns an opportunity to gain reporting, research, and outreach skills while working on an important human rights issue. Individuals with a background or interest in journalism, law, criminal justice, civil rights, and arts and activism, including formerly incarcerated individuals, are especially encouraged to apply, as are those interested in utilizing online media to advance social justice.

We work with only 1-2 interns per semester/season. WE ARE CURRENTLY REVIEWING APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING 2020 INTERNSHIPS to begin ASAP (for Washington, DC, only). We will be accepting applications for summer 2020 internships beginning March 1 (for Washington, DC, or New York City); please check back in February for details.

Interns conduct research, create original content for Solitary Watch, and assist in building the reach and readership of the site. Along with minimal routine administrative work, interns will generally have the opportunity to:

  • Report and draft at least one original news story
  • Assist with background research for investigative reports
  • Research and draft fact sheets
  • Research and update resources on solitary confinement
  • Update databases and mailing lists
  • Correspond with people in prison
  • Help coordinate the Photo Requests from Solitary project
  • Promote our work through social media

Solitary Watch does not have a traditional office. Interns based in the DC area will work at least one morning or afternoon a week with co-director James Ridgeway and editorial manager Valerie Kiebala in a home office in Cleveland Park. Additional hours will be worked independently and remotely from home, keeping in close touch with Jim, Valerie, and other staff by email and phone.

The minimum time commitment is 8 hours/week during the school year and 15/week during the summer; more is welcome. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible.

Solitary Watch is a small operation, and unfortunately we are unable to offer paid internships at this time. Costs including transportation, telephone, etc. will be covered.

We are happy to fulfill the supervision requirements of any college internship program.

Requirements:

  • Strong interest in the rights of incarcerated people / human rights / civil liberties / political art
  • Ability to work independently and see projects through from beginning to end (CRUCIAL!)
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Basic web posting and social media skills (no coding)
  • Own computer and cell phone
  • Video, web design, and/or desktop publishing skills a plus

Solitary Watch offers interns an opportunity to gain reporting, research, and outreach skills while working on an important human rights issue. Individuals with a background or interest in journalism, law, criminal justice, civil rights…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible

How to Apply

Email your resume, a cover letter stating why you are interested in this internship, one writing sample, and contact information for one reference to valerie@solitarywatch.org, with cc to jcasella@solitarywatch.org.

Email your resume, a cover letter stating why you are interested in this internship, one writing sample, and contact information for one reference to valerie@solitarywatch.org…

Location

Washington, DC

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