Nonprofit Sector News (http://nonprofitsectornews.org), a nonprofit news site, seeks PT and FT journalism interns for Summer 2021. We produce original journalism (news & features) on nonprofits of all kinds nationwide, and provide that news (a kind of news service), free to U.S. news media and the public through a website, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Patch.com’s hyperlocal sites nationwide. Emailed newsletters of NSN content, one version for journalists, one for the public, are planned. (NSN is not a trade publication for nonprofit employees or boards, unlike Chronicle of Philanthropy, Nonprofit Quarterly, Nonprofit Times, etc.).
Interns are given choices of story ideas and also must propose story ideas. Interns work only from home and/or their campus, conducting background research/interviews using phones, email, Zoom/Skype/etc., Internet searches, and website visits. Students are: given introductory training about covering nonprofits, receive editing/feedback on their writing, ask NSN questions as they work, and should suggest news media that their stories be sent to. Interns must highly motivated, persistent, resourceful, and self-disciplined; ours are not for novices. NSN fully cooperates with universities that can award academic credit. (We’re a startup nonprofit, so internships are unpaid, at least for now. Sorry.) Interns also will also be able to use NSN Editor Dr. Dane S. Claussen as a reference depending on performance.
NSN is especially interested in nonprofits found in almost every U.S. community (Rotary, Goodwill, animal shelters, chambers of commerce, churches, nonprofit colleges/schools, etc.); nonprofits affecting every American (ACLU, League of Women Voters, etc.); nonprofits serving minorities, women, LGBTQ communities, youths, and immigrants; nonprofits of particular interest to younger Americans; and labor unions.
Print/digital journalism students should send a letter of application, a resume (including at least three journalism references: professors or editors)—both as email attachments—and scans of, or links to, your best five stories published/posted in commercial and/or student news media to NSN. Your application letter must state why you want to intern for NSN and several story ideas. Applications will be reviewed from early April until early May, but apply as quickly as possible. Apply to: Dr. Dane S. Claussen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
*NSN also reposts (on social media and by email) important and/or interesting journalism, from other news organizations, about nonprofits. Eventually, NSN will begin working to generally increase and improve all news media coverage of nonprofit organizations. NSN is tax-exempt under IRS 501(c)(3).