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Paid political reporting internships available at MapLight


MapLight is now accepting applications for a fall 2011 political reporting internship at its Berkeley, Calif. office. This paid position will be responsible for writing stories for the MapLight Spotlight on Congress blog and assisting in research reports on current legislative and policy actions in the United States Congress. This is an excellent opportunity for journalism students and graduates interested in establishing their writing portfolio.

This position is responsible for writing at least two short-form items per week on upcoming or recent legislative action. The position is responsible for keeping on top of key bills that are expected to see floor or committee action. The position will assist the research director in cutting through the online noise to target key bills or policy issues that have the combination of impending committee or floor action and support/opposition from relevant interest groups.

A typical day would be spent drafting articles sparked from online research on Congressional committee testimony, news stories, and organizations Web sites, etc. expressing explicit support and opposition on key legislation most likely to get national or regional news coverage in the upcoming weeks.

The ideal candidate is a well-organized self-starter with a demonstrated interest in politics and focused on illustrating the influence money has on our political system. MapLight’s blog posts supplement the news cycle with a focus on the largely ignored angle that the influence money has on the political system is preventing any positive dialogue on the important issues of the day.


Please send a resume and cover letter addressed to Jeff ErnstFriedman to with "Political Reporting Internship" in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. No phone calls please. Students may receive course credit for the internship depending on the rules in your department.

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Posted by Heather Farr on 10.12.2011 @ 00:00:00