Thank you for your interest in interning with Street Sense Media! We are a small nonprofit media center that offers a limited number of unpaid internships for people interested in getting their hands dirty on the front lines combating homelessness and poverty in our nation’s capital.

Internship applications are accepted per semester. Deadlines are as follows:

Spring Semester: Nov. 15 | Summer Semester: April 1 | Fall Semester: Aug. 28

Please note we have extended our Fall 2020 application deadline from August 15 to August 28 for all internship positions. 

These positions are geared toward, but not limited to, college students and recent graduates (Jump to our high school program). Full position descriptions are linked below. Each internship lasts for three to four months. We value diverse skillsets and experience and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, especially if you have lived experience with homelessness.

Street Sense Media interns have pursued careers in journalism, education, communications, community organizing, nonprofit management, and more. Here are just some of the companies they have gone on to work with:

The logos of NBC News, DCist, USA Today, Washington City Paper, The Washington Post, Greater Greater Washington, Outlier Media, The Hill, The DC Line, The Associated Press, National Public Radio, CBS News, Vice, Bloomberg Industry Group, E & E News, Inside Higher Ed, PBS News Hour, The Jakarta Post, and Industry Dive

Journalism

As an  Editorial Intern , you’ll report news in D.C. and the surrounding suburbs: from attending hearings at city hall to visiting homeless shelters to interviewing local celebrities. You will help edit and proofread stories, take photos, update our website, and assist with layout of the publication. You will have the opportunity to leave a real mark with your work.

On top of the reporting and production experience, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with mentors and training opportunities on topics such as interview skills, data visualization, public records, and media law.

View the full position description. Please send your resume, cover letter, and three work samples to [email protected] with the subject line “[Desired Semester and Year] Editorial Intern.”

*Note regarding COVID-19: While we would prefer to have an intern who can cover events and visit Washington, D.C., locations in a socially distanced fashion, much of this internship can be completed remotely. 

As an  Audience Engagement Intern , you’ll spend your time listening to members of the communities we write about. You’ll use email newsletters, text messages, surveys embedded in our stories, community meetings, and social media to identify unmet information needs and facilitate community conversations. Sometimes you’ll simply provide answers to the questions you encounter. Other times, if the answer is unclear or unknown, you will influence our story assignments or our choice to host a community town hall. You will also research communities we should reach out to and analyze data to help inform our engagement work moving forward.

View the full position description. Please send your resume, cover letter, and three work samples to [email protected] with the subject line “[Desired Semester and Year] Audience Engagement Intern.”

*Note regarding COVID-19: This internship can be a remote opportunity if needed.


Video Storytelling

As a  Video Storytelling Intern , you’ll work alongside the Communications Manager to write, shoot and edit videos that 1) give the homeless men and women we work with a platform to tell their stories and 2) raise awareness of Street Sense Media and our mission — all while adding projects to your professional portfolio. This position will provide you the freedom and flexibility to tell stories that you want to tell. We’re building our video program from the ground up, and we want your innovative ideas to help shape our future.

View the full position description. Please send your resume, cover letter, and 3-5 video samples to [email protected] with the subject line “[Desired Semester & Year] Video Storytelling Intern.”

*Note regarding COVID-19: While we would prefer to have an intern who is able to film content in a socially-distanced fashion in downtown Washington, DC several times per week, much of this internship can be completed remotely


Communications

Street Sense Media is looking for a talented communicator passionate about elevating the voices of those living without housing and using their stories to engage our community. As a Communications Intern , you’ll work alongside our Director of Development and Communications to grow and engage Street Sense Media’s audience.

View the full position description. Please send your resume, cover letter, 2 writing samples (3 pages max for each) to  [email protected] with the subject line “[Desired Semester & Year] Communications Intern.”

*Note regarding COVID-19: This internship can be a remote opportunity if needed.


Development

As a  Development Intern , you’ll help us generate revenue to support our organization’s mission and work. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about non-profit fundraising in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. Street Sense Media is looking for a socially conscious individual passionate about elevating the voices of people living without housing and leveraging their stories to create impact. As Development Intern, you’ll work alongside our Director of Development and Communications to grow and engage Street Sense Media’s donor base.

View the full position description. Please send your resume, cover letter,  short writing sample (3 pages max) to [email protected] with the subject line “[Desired Semester & Year] Development Intern.”

*Note regarding COVID-19: This internship can be a remote opportunity if needed.


Graphic Design

Street Sense Media is looking for a dynamic  Graphic Design Intern  to drive our visual communications. Your focus will be editorial and cover page design. However, you will also be called upon for key projects such as an annual report, materials for our annual fundraiser, and expanding our online presence. You will be asked to adhere to brand standards while simultaneously strategizing to reach a broader audience and continue to develop our aesthetic.

View the full position description. Please send your resume, cover letter, and three portfolio samples (or link to an online gallery) to [email protected] with the subject line “[Desired Semester & Year] Graphic Design Intern.”

*Note regarding COVID-19: This internship can be a remote opportunity if needed.


High School

 Content Management interns  are hired during high school semesters to work alongside homeless and formerly homeless members of our community. You will assist staff members and college interns with everything related to making the content that we create easily accessible by our audience. This includes web publishing through a content management system, social media, photo editing and search engine optimization.

Please send your resume, cover letter and work samples to [email protected] with the subject line “[Desired Semester & Year] Content Management Intern.”

*Note regarding COVID-19: This internship can be a remote opportunity if needed.