Updated: January 15, 2021

Deadline to apply: Monday, February 1, 2021

Type: Writing

Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Additional details: The internship program, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents’ Association, offers two college students the opportunity to work in the newsroom at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The 12-week program typically begins in mid-May and runs until late July/early August. It typically consists of rotations at the following news organizations: The Allentown Morning Call, Capitolwire.com, The Caucus/LNP, Pennlive.com/The Patriot-News, Pennsylvania Capital-Star and Spotlight PA/The Philadelphia Inquirer. Interns assist reporters covering major policy initiatives, the state budget and political developments in a fast-paced news environment. Interns are expected to pitch their own ideas as well as take assignments on a variety of subjects that arise in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Depending on the assignment, interns may be required to shoot videos and photos. We are seeking candidates who can take direction and have the drive to write quickly on breaking news or turn around longer enterprise pieces. Applicants should be college juniors or seniors or graduate students with news writing experience and a basic understanding of a democracy's three branches of government. Start dates are flexible, but interns are expected to complete the full 12-week program, working five days a week except for Memorial Day and July 4. Occasional evening or weekend work may be necessary, especially in late June when the Legislature and governor work long hours to finalize the next fiscal year's budget. Pay is $575 per week. Interns are expected to provide their own laptops and cell phones. Preference is given to students who plan to pursue a career in journalism covering politics and government. The PLCA is not responsible for credit agreements between students and their respective universities. The deadline to apply for the 2021 summer internship is Feb. 1, 2021.

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