December 21, 2010

Center seeks spring, summer reporting interns

The nonprofit Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is seeking two reporting interns for the spring semester, and three reporting interns for the summer.

Eligibility is limited to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled, at the time of application, in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where the Center is based.

Pay is $10 an hour. Schedule is flexible — about 20 hours per week in the spring and 40 hours per week in the summer.

The application deadline for the spring internships is 5 p.m. Jan. 21.

The deadline for applying for summer internships is 5 p.m. Feb. 18.

Also, the Center is able to provide paid freelance experience to a limited number of students.  If a student has a good idea (print or visual), we’d like to hear.

Interns receive intensive training and experience in interviewing, researching and writing.

They work with Center staff and partners at the journalism school, Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television to produce investigative reports.

Interns also collaborate with mainstream and ethnic media outlets around Wisconsin in investigative coverage. Some travel around Wisconsin may be required. Access to a vehicle 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 on WisconsinWatch.org, the Center’s Web site; public radio and television; and by news organizations around the state.

Applicants must submit the following in electronic form to ahall@wisconsinwatch.org:

  • One-page letter describing why they’re qualified for the job.
  • Resume including work and journalistic experience, awards, GPA and at least two references.
  • Up to five examples of published or broadcast work.

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

The Center strives to increase the quality and amount of investigative reporting across Wisconsin and to create a replicable, collaborative model for local investigative journalism. The Center is guided by its mission statement: Protect the vulnerable. Expose wrongdoing. Seek solutions. It focuses upon government integrity and quality of life issues of importance to the people of Wisconsin, including the environment, justice system, education, economic issues, health and public safety.