Internship Description:

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


Interns work a flexible part-time schedule. The minimum time commitment is 8 hours/week during the school year and 15/week during the summer; more is welcome.

Interns conduct research, create original content for Solitary Watch, and assist in building the reach and readership of the site. Along with minimal routine administrative work, interns will generally have the opportunity to:

• Write blog posts

• Report and draft at least one original news story

• Assist with research and reporting for investigative articles

• Research and draft fact sheets and material for reports

• Research and update resources on solitary confinement

• Interview advocates, officials, and formerly incarcerated people

• Correspond with people in prison

• Conduct outreach using social media

Most of the work will be performed independently and remotely, keeping in close touch with the site editors—veteran reporter James Ridgeway (D.C.) and independent media editor Jean Casella (New York)—by email and phone. We do strongly prefer interns in the New York or D.C. metro areas to allow for weekly face-to-face meetings, but exceptionally well-qualified interns in other locations may be considered as well. The internship may involve some local travel to conduct interviews or to visit prisons or other sites.

Because we have no office and interns work largely on their own, this internship is not for everyone. Please think carefully about your ability to work independently and set your own schedule, but still complete tasks and meet deadlines.

This is an unpaid internship, but transportation costs, Internet, telephone, and any other expenses will be covered. A small stipend covering up to 15 hours/week may be offered to formerly incarcerated people who qualify for the internship, but another source of income will still be needed.

We are happy to fulfill the supervision requirements of any college internship program.


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

• Strong interest in prisoners’ rights / human rights / civil liberties

• Excellent writing and online research skills

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

• Own computer and cell phone

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

Application Process:

Please email your resume, a cover letter stating why you are interested in this internship, one writing sample, and contact information for one reference to Jean Casella at

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