Video replay: How to land a journalism internship in Washington, D.C.

Journalism internships in Washington, D.C., are a chance to expand your skills and to experience life in a professional newsroom. But not all internship experiences are the same. Considering a D.C.-based internship means thinking about relocating, whether the internship is paid, and other things that can feel like barriers to applying — and even make a talented student feel like they don’t belong in D.C.

You do belong here. We’re inviting student journalists of all experience levels to join us for a virtual question-and-answer session featuring a panel of internship coordinators based in Washington. Working in the nation’s capital can be a life-changing experience, and we’ll provide guidance to help student journalists plan their internship applications.

The National Press Club Journalism Institute hosted a panel of recruiters for D.C.-based news internships on Friday, September 23. Participants learned about:

  • What makes an internship applicant stand out
  • What recruiters wish applicants would do differently
  • How to frame your journalistic achievements and best stories
  • What types of work samples catch an editor’s eye
Panelists included:


Download a tip sheet on preparing your internship and early career applications here.

About the Institute

The National Press Club Journalism Institute promotes an engaged global citizenry through an independent and free press, and equips journalists with skills and standards to inform the public in ways that inspire a more representative democracy. As the non-profit affiliate of the National Press Club, the Institute powers journalism in the public interest.

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