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Reporting intern and UW-Madison journalism master’s student Kate Prengaman talks to groundwater expert George Kraft in the Little Plover River in June 2013. She formerly covered the natural resources beat for the Yakima (Washington) Herald-Republic and now reports for Good Fruit Grower, a Yakima-based magazine focusing on the fruit industry. Kate Golden / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

The award-winning Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is hiring a paid interns. We are seeking a part-time public engagement and marketing intern to begin in March and a full-time investigative reporting intern to for the summer of 2019.

The intern will report on investigative stories and may use other skills, including photography and data analysis and visualization, to produce investigative coverage.

The internship will begin in June and end in August, 2019. The internship may be extended for up to a full year.

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

Pay is $11.50 an hour. The full-time schedule is about 40 hours per week; part-timers work about 20 hours a week. Schedules are flexible.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.

Interns are provided office space in Vilas Communication Hall.

For reporting interns: Some travel around Wisconsin may be required. Access to a laptop is required.

During a staff training on recording audio, reporter intern Haley Henschel explains to Tara Golshan what she had for breakfast. Kate Golden / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

About WCIJ’s investigative reporting internships

Reporting interns receive intensive training and experience in interviewing, researching and writing. They work with WCIJ’s 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.

Reporting interns also may collaborate with news organizations throughout Wisconsin and elsewhere in investigative coverage. In-depth, investigative and computer-assisted reporting skills are preferred. Web, audio, video and photography skills are desirable.

To apply for a reporting internship, applicants must submit the following in electronic form to Executive Director Andy Hall at

  • One-page letter describing why you should be selected for the position.
  • Resume including work and journalistic experience, awards, GPA and three 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 the public should care, and how you plan to get it done.

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