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 Summer 2021, we are offering the following internships:

The application period has closed. Check back for future opportunities.

Technology reporting

We’re looking for an intern to help examine and explain the impact technology has on Californians and how policy concerning technology in the state gets shaped. You’ll write stories about broadband access, consumer privacy and lobbying by major companies, among other topics. The ideal candidate has strong writing skills and is proactive, creative in their problem solving, and doesn’t mind asking tough questions.

Duties: 

  • Research, report and write stories 
  • Produce high-quality graphics to help tell the stories
  • Generate story ideas
  • Be prepared to help reporters on other beats

This internship is for 10 weeks starting in June, $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 Mar. 5.  

Project reporting: California Divide

Want to explore economic 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 of five media outlets aimed at raising awareness about poverty, inequality and potential solutions through in-depth journalism and reader engagement. The ideal candidate will be able to report on multiple platforms and capture the experience of the nearly four in 10 Californians who live in or near poverty. Experience and interest with data reporting is a plus.

Duties:

  • Generate story ideas, report and write impactful stories for the project
  • Obtain and analyze datasets to find or deepen stories
  • 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 June, $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 Mar. 5. 

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 and 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 professional photography equipment
  • Knowledge of Photoshop
  • Knowledge of Premiere, After Effects and/or Illustrator are a plus

This internship is 12 weeks starting in June, pay is $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 Mar. 5.

Data and Interactives

Do you enjoy bringing order to messy data? Are you interested in learning how to mine data for stories? Help grow your digital storytelling chops alongside award-winning reporters and digital producers. CalMatters would like to bring on an intern to assist with the development of digital interactives and editorial products, primarily focusing on data collection/analysis. 

Here are samples of recent data projects:

Duties:

  • Assist the team with data collection, cleaning and analysis.
  • Work on at least one big data-driven project.
  • Collaborate with reporters and editors on small to medium-sized data projects.

Helpful to have:

  • Existing experience with data analysis languages or tools
  • Basic web programming skills (HTML/CSS/JS)
  • Existing experience visualizing data, even if it was a basic chart in Microsoft Excel

The internship is for 12 weeks starting in June, $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 Mar. 5. 

Product development

CalMatters’ product team is looking for an intern to join a small, cross-functional team, working closely with colleagues across the company, to help define and implement best-in-class journalism experiences for our audience. You thrive in a dynamic environment and have a track record of digital passions and interest in developing journalism products. You’ll gain exposure to how an experienced product team works, from sprint planning to launching new features.

Duties:

  • Work on projects that impact the delivery of our journalism and the success of our nonprofit. 
  • Contribute to existing products (newsletters, membership program, podcasts), help build out our digital platform, help rethink how we deliver content to users, and develop new products.
  • Collaborate and learn from members of the product team, including the product manager, product designer, analytics manager and product analyst.

The internship is for 12 weeks starting in June, $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 Mar. 5.