Jobs, Internships and Volunteering

Nonprofit Journalism Internship

Winter Quarter, 2016 (January 4-March 18)

Unpaid, non-stipend position, 10-15 hrs per week per quarter

InvestigateWest is an award-winning nonprofit journalism studio based in Seattle, Wash. We produce in-depth public-interest journalism in partnership with public and commercial media outlets across the Northwest. We have opportunities for one intern for Winter 2016. The internships are unpaid, so applicants must be able to get course credit.

Position Description

Experience working in an award-winning nonprofit news organization. We are seeking a communications intern to assist with The Statehouse News Project, a crowdfunded project that delivers in-depth reporting on key bills during the Legislative Session in Washington that begins in January. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, this candidate will assist with crowdfunding, outreach and engagement, social media, and special projects as needed. This person will learn to engage the general public, partners, stakeholders, and readers with their writing and support the production of Statehouse News Project while learning about the nonprofit studio model. This person may also develop a research question around Statehouse News Project under the supervision of the project director. The right candidate will be able to balance multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced environment. Effective time management and organization is a must.


  • Develop an understanding of the mission and editorial work of IW (5 percent)
  • Assist with Statehouse News Project outreach, engagement, events, and crowdfunding while learning about the nonprofit news model (50 percent)
  • Work with IW staff to research and develop a research question and presentation for a final report (20 percent)
  • Participate in story meetings; report, write, edit and produce as opportunities arise (20 percent)
  • Other tasks as needed (5 percent)


  • Develop journalistic skills: research, data analysis, writing and editing
  • Work on a communication related project in a real newsroom
  • Understand the role of nonprofit journalism and basics of nonprofit news
  • Think about how newsrooms can measure story impact on audiences
  • Learn about member-supported news from fundraising campaigns like the Statehouse News Project and other tools to develop audiences
  • Learn engagement strategies across multiple platforms, including social and mobile channels
  • Understand news collaboration strategies and partner networks

Please email resume and work availability to


InvestigateWest is always looking for volunteers to help with reporting, writing and the operations of the newsroom. If you would like to talk about how you might get involved, email Jason Alcorn.