CalMatters is committed to training the next generation of journalists and our interns will be guided by seasoned staffers to make meaningful contributions during their stay.

Our internships run 10-12 weeks and interns will be placed throughout our organization. Some of the opportunities we offer focus on reporting, photography, videography, web development and audience engagement. Most positions are based in Sacramento, although staffers are placed throughout the state. At this time, we are offering remote internships but some positions necessitate travel. Our internships are paid.

For Fall 2020, we are offering the following internships:

The application period is closed. Check back later for Summer 2021 opportunities.

Health reporting

Seeking an ambitious journalist who can dive into records, scour studies and tap critical sources to help our health team track the spread of coronavirus and other health care challenges. We’re looking for someone who can contribute to a better understanding of health care delivery in California. This person should be a good collaborator to help reporters tell stories in creative and compelling ways.  

Duties:

  • Gather data and contribute feeds on California health-related stories, including the pandemic
  • Help our health reporters report and write stories
  • Field breaking news assignments 
  • Produce graphics and visuals to accompany stories

This internship is for 10 weeks starting in September, $15/hour for undergraduate students and $16/hour for graduate students. CalMatters is committed to diversity and especially encourages members of underrepresented communities to apply. 

Apply here. Applications are due July 26.  

Project reporting – California Divide

Want to explore income inequality and what’s happening to California’s working population in a post-COVID world? Help our talented network of journalists across the state on the California Divide, a special collaboration among five media outlets aimed at raising awareness about poverty — and potential solutions — through in-depth journalism and community outreach. The ideal candidate will be able to report on multiple platforms and capture the experience of four out of 10 Californians living in or near poverty.

This is a special internship sponsored by the Los Angeles chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. Interns will be matched with a mentor and receive a free AAJA membership and preference will be given to applicants whose interests or background align with AAJA-LA’s mission. Ideally, the intern would be based along with several team members in the Los Angeles area, but it’s not a requirement.

Duties:

  • Generate story ideas, report and write impactful stories for the project
  • Produce visually engaging, informative graphics to accompany articles
  • Help with engagement and events
  • Multimedia skills are a bonus

This internship is for 12 weeks starting in September, $15/hour for undergraduate students or recent grads and $16/hour for graduate students. CalMatters is committed to diversity and especially encourages members of underrepresented communities to apply. 

Apply here. Applications are due July 26. 

Photography

We’re looking for a student or early-career photojournalist with a unique eye and strong storytelling skills who is interested in state policy and how it affects everyday people. You’ll share coverage responsibilities, receive regular critiques from our staff photographer, and have the opportunity to work with reporters and editors across the newsroom. 

This is a great opportunity for photographers interested in political journalism and covering state-wide issues including healthcare, education, environment and housing, among others. The position will require regular travel for assignments. Preference will be given to applicants based in the Sacramento area or Southern California. 

Duties:

  • Take on photo assignments covering state-wide issues including portraits, press conferences, demonstrations and environmental scenes
  • Contribute to and expand our photo Archive 
  • Have the opportunity to pitch and produce 1-2 visual stories over the course of the internship
  • Learn about the photo editing process and help with image sourcing, if that interests you 

Helpful to have:

  • Previous internship or student newspaper experience 
  • A laptop and some photography equipment
  • Knowledge of Photoshop
  • Knowledge of Premiere, After Effects and/or Illustrator are a bonus 

This internship is 10-12 weeks part-time, pay is $15/hour for undergraduate students and $16/hour for graduate students and the schedule is flexible. CalMatters is committed to diversity and especially encourages members of underrepresented communities to apply. 

Apply here. Applications are due July 26.

Revenue development

We’re looking for a talented news lover with strong research, writing and communication skills and a keen interest in the business of journalism, specifically the evolving strategies behind building a sustainable business model for nonprofit news. You’ll work with our three-person revenue team, and report to the publisher. You’ll have the chance to learn about what constitutes a successful business model in the dynamic and growing nonprofit news business. You will also learn about cultivating membership, monetizing news products and events, and researching, building and cultivating a pipeline of major donors, institutions and foundations. 

Duties: 

  • Research and help build a pipeline of prospective donors, institutions and foundations and learn how to pitch to them 
  • Become proficient with research and tracking tools like Salesforce and iWave
  • Explore and share what other nonprofit news organizations are doing with new products and pricing that we can learn from
  • An opportunity to work on at least one big project

The internship is for 12 weeks starting in September, $15/hour for undergraduate students and $16/hour for graduate students. CalMatters is committed to diversity and especially encourages members of underrepresented communities to apply. 

Apply here. Applications are due July 26. 

Audience engagement – elections

Want to help inform California voters by directing them to the stories they should see and read before heading to the polls? We’re looking for a social media-savvy journalist who can target our richly reported stories and election guides in front of a wide audience. Collaborate with editorial staff on maximizing reach and target promotions to drive membership and newsletter subscriptions.

Duties:

  • Engage with California audiences using a variety of digital platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok
  • Help promote CalMatters’ 2020 election coverage, including our comprehensive voter guide and popular “Props in a Minute” video series
  • Participate in election night coverage 
  • Work with a quickly expanding newsroom audience team to convert new readers to our newsletter products and membership program
  • Use SEO best practices and research to increase search traffic and provide story ideas for reporters and editors 

The internship is for 12 weeks starting in September, $15/hour for undergraduate students and $16/hour for graduate students. CalMatters is committed to diversity and especially encourages members of underrepresented communities to apply. 

Apply here. Applications are due July 26.