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Internship opportunities at the National Journalism Center

Since 1977, the National Journalism Center, a project of Young America’s Foundation, has provided aspiring conservative and libertarian journalists with the premier opportunity to learn the principles and practice of responsible reporting. The National Journalism Center combines 12 weeks of on-the-job training at a Washington, D.C.-based media outlet with once-weekly training seminars led by prominent journalists, policy experts, and NJC faculty.

The program matches interns with print, broadcast, or online media outlets based on their interests and experience. Interns spend 30 hours/week gaining practical, hands-on journalism experience. Potential placements include The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner, CNN, Fox News Channel, and more.

Students attend the NJC seminar one day a week sharpening their writing and investigative reporting skills. In addition to their work at their media placements, interns complete research, reporting, and writing assignments for the NJC and participate in weekly discussions about current events and issues led by successful Washington, D.C. journalists and media experts and the NJC faculty. Over the course of the summer, interns gain a more sharpened understanding of media, society, and public policy, and the intersection between the three in Washington, D.C.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and a desire to practice responsible journalism.
  • Rising Juniors, Seniors, Recent Graduates and Graduate students are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants are not required to be journalism majors but previous journalism experience is strongly preferred.

Internships are offered in the fall (Sept. – Dec.), spring (Jan. – Apr.), and summer (May – Aug.).

Compensation: $1,000/month


  1. Fill out our online application.
  2. Email the following supplemental materials to
  • Cover letter
  • A current resume
  • 3 writing samples (published news clips are preferred)
  • 3 references (no letters of recommendation)


  • Fall 2012 (Sept. 10 – Dec. 7): July 15, 2012
  • Spring 2013 (Jan. 14 – Apr. 5): Nov. 1, 2012
  • Summer 2013 (May 13 – Aug. 3): Mar. 1, 2013