Solitary Watch offers interns an opportunity to gain reporting, research, and outreach skills while working on an important domestic human rights issue. Especially encouraged to apply are individuals with a background or interest in journalism, law, and/or criminal justice; those interested in utilizing media to advance social justice; and formerly incarcerated individuals and others directly impacted by the criminal justice system..


Interns work a flexible part-time schedule. The minimum time commitment is 8 hours/week during the school year and 12 hours/week during the summer; more is welcome. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible.

Solitary Watch does not have a traditional office and has always operated remotely. Interns must have the ability to work independently, manage their own schedules, and complete tasks by set deadlines. While we do prefer interns in the Washington, DC, area, however, we will also consider exceptionally qualified interns in other locations. Those who live locally will have the opportunity to meet periodically with Solitary Watch staff in person as safety protocols allow, and all interns will attend weekly staff meetings conducted via Zoom. 

Solitary Watch is a small operation, and unfortunately we are unable to offer paid internships at this time. However, we are happy to work with your university to fulfill the supervision requirements of any college internship program. Costs related to projects you work on for Solitary Watch, including transportation, telephone, etc., will be covered. If our budget allows, a stipend may be made available to interns who are formerly incarcerated/survivors of solitary; please inquire about this opportunity in your cover letter.

Description of Work:

Interns conduct research, create original content for Solitary Watch, help build the reach and readership of the site, and assist with special projects as needed. Along with routine administrative work, interns will generally have the opportunity to take on several of the following tasks:

•  Research and draft at least one original news story and/or fact sheet.

•  Assist staff members with research and reporting for larger investigative projects, including articles and reports.

•  Research and update resources on solitary confinement.

•  Help manage and maintain databases and mailing lists.

•  Assist in receiving, processing, and responding to correspondence with people in prison.

•  Assist with outreach using social media.

•  Attend virtual briefings and panel discussions.


•  Ability to work independently and see projects through from beginning to end (essential!)

•  Attention to detail and accuracy

•  Strong interest in human rights / civil liberties / criminal justice issues

•  Excellent writing and online research skills

•  Basic web posting and social media skills (no coding)

•  Access to your own  computer and cell phone

•  Reporting experience and/or video or graphic design skills a plus

Application Process:

Please email as one Word or PDF document a cover letter stating why you are interested in this internship, your resume, one writing sample of no more than 10 pages (shorter is preferred), and contact information for one reference to Sara Rain Tree at sraintree@solitarywatch.org. Please put in the subject line of your email and name your document [Last Name] Spring 2022 Internship Application.