Internships

Interns sought for investigative reporting positions

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, an independent nonprofit organization based at the UW-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication, employs paid student reporting interns throughout the year.

Generally, two interns work for the Center during the academic year. Each works about 20 hours a week.

In the summer, the Center generally employs three interns. They work 40 hours a week.

Interns are paid $10 an hour.

To be eligible for internships, applicants must be enrolled as UW-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication undergraduate or graduate students.

Interns receive intensive training and experience in interviewing, researching and writing. They work with Center staff and partners at Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television to produce high-impact investigative journalism on government integrity and quality-of-life issues.

Interns also assist mainstream and ethnic media outlets around Wisconsin in investigative coverage. Some travel around Wisconsin may be required. Access to a vehicle and a laptop is required. Interns are provided office space in Vilas Communication Hall.

In-depth, investigative and computer-assisted reporting skills are preferred. Web, audio and video skills are desirable.

Reports are distributed by WisconsinWatch.org, the Center’s Web site; public radio and television; and news organizations around the state.

Applicants must submit the following in electronic form to Executive Director Andy Hall at ahall@wisconsinwatch.org:

  • One-page letter describing why you’re qualified for the job.
  • Resume including work and journalistic experience, awards, GPA and two references.
  • Up to five examples of published or broadcast work. Students who want to do photos, videos or other multimedia should provide portfolios.
  • One story pitch, no longer than three paragraphs. A pitch is not a topic. It should summarize the story in a single sentence, and explain who is affected by the situation, why readers should care, and how you plan to get it done.

Questions may be directed to Hall at ahall@wisconsinwatch.org, 608-262-3642, or in the Center’s office, 5006 Vilas Communication Hall.

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