Overview:

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.

We work with only 2-3 interns per season. THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2020 INTERNSHIPS IS APRIL 1. We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2020 internships (September—December) in June.

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. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible.

Solitary Watch is a four-person organization and does not have a traditional office. We strongly prefer interns based in DC or New York to allow for weekly in-person meetings. Interns will work most hours independently from home, keeping in close touch with staff by email and phone. Occasionally, we may consider exceptionally well-qualified interns in other locations who can undertake a project on an entirely remote basis.

Because 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.

Solitary Watch is a small operation, and unfortunately we are unable to offer paid internships at this time. Costs 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.

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

Description of Work:

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:

• Report and draft at least one original news story

• Assist with research and reporting for investigative projects

• Research and draft fact sheets and material for reports

• Research and update resources on solitary confinement

• Update databases and mailing lists

• Correspond with people in prison

• Conduct outreach using social media

• Attend briefings and panel discussions

• Help coordinate the Photo Requests from Solitary project

Requirements:

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

• Attention to detail and accuracy

• 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 Valerie Kiebala at valerie@solitarywatch.org.

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