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The Marshall Project offers a very limited number of paid summer internships for student journalists. Internships generally last 10 weeks and are designed to build skills that will benefit students when they hit the job market. We also offer training sessions on topics such as FOIAs, investigative techniques and more.

This program is primarily intended for young journalists: rising college juniors or seniors, graduate students and people who have just graduated. Candidates don’t have to be journalism majors to apply, but most interns have had some prior experience at a student or professional publication. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate a familiarity with U.S. criminal justice and/or immigration issues.

This summer, our internship program will be virtual, and candidates can be located anywhere in the United States.


Candidates can apply through the Dow Jones News Fund website until Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. Please note that our deadline for applications is later than the one listed for the Dow Jones program.

We will consider candidates in the following two areas:

Data reporting

(Note that we are interested in hearing from a range of reporting candidates, including those with no data experience. The successful applicant will receive training in basic data journalism techniques from Investigative Reporters and Editors and may work with our data team.)

Apply here.

Digital media

(Note that we are looking for candidates who have experience and skills in visual journalism, specifically photo and video. The successful applicant will receive training in digital tools and tech from Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. )

Apply here.


The Marshall Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization focused on the U.S. criminal justice system. We produce investigative and explanatory journalism about law enforcement, courts, incarceration and reentry. To reach a wider audience, we share our work with larger news outlets—more than 130 so far. We also publish a daily roundup of news and commentary from around the country, and a weekly feature, “Life Inside,” that gives voice to people entangled in the machinery of criminal justice.

We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity. We welcome qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, physical abilities, genders, and sexual orientations, including people who have been incarcerated. We feel a responsibility to help train and mentor the next generation of journalists.