Summer Internship – Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents Association (Harrisburg)

Summer Internship – Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents Association (Harrisburg)

The Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents Association offers a summer internship to two young reporters each summer for anyone interested in covering government and politics.

This paid internship ($600 a week) traditionally starts in late May or June and runs for 12 weeks into August. It is based in the state Capitol building in Harrisburg.

Interns will rotate between six two-week stints with different outlets, all of which give them the opportunity to see different styles of journalism, from fast-paced breaking news to slower investigative pieces.

This year looks like it’ll be eventful. Pennsylvania has a new Democratic governor in Josh Shapiro, while the legislature is divided. There will likely be backroom deals, tight votes and discussions on a wide range of policy issues.

This is an ideal internship for someone with some journalism experience (but not a lot!) who is curious, a self-starter and passionate about how government works (or doesn’t.)

We look mostly for juniors and seniors, though there are no set requirements.

Email a resume, cover letter and 5 work samples in one PDF or word document to internship co-chair Stephen Caruso (scaruso@spotlightpa.org) by Feb. 12, 2023 if interested, or if you have any more questions.

Past interns have done amazing work, and it’s given them a boost early in their careers. Former interns now work for The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Houston Chronicle, the Allentown Morning Call, the Baltimore Sun, the Arizona Republic, Fresno Bee, Politico, and McClatchy Washington Bureau.

The journalists who serve as the trainers in the program have years, and in some cases, decades of experience inside the state Capitol. Their work has received national recognition from Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Online News Association, and others.