A coat rack that interns sign before leaving the Street Sense program.
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Thank you for your interest in interning with Street Sense! We are a small nonprofit media center that offers a limited number of internships for students interested in getting their hands dirty on the front lines combating homelessness and poverty in our nation’s capital.

These positions are geared toward, but not limited to, college students and recent graduates (Jump to our high school program). Full position descriptions are linked below. Each internship lasts for 3-4 months.

Internship applications are accepted per semester. Deadlines are as follows:

Spring Semester: November 15 | Summer Semester: April 1 | Fall Semester: August 15


Journalism

Editorial interns report news in D.C. and the surrounding suburbs: from attending hearings at city hall to visiting homeless shelters to interviewing local celebrities. They help edit and proofread stories, take photos, update our website and assist with layout of the publication. As a Street Sense editorial intern, you have the opportunity to leave a real mark with your work.

You may also specialize within this position and work as a photojournalist, focusing on photo essays with short accompanying write-ups. You would also coordinate with other reporters to collaborate to support their stories with strong visuals.


Editorial interns receive 1-1 mentorship with a Society of Professional Journalists member of the D.C. Pro Chapter when beginning their position.

View the full position description. Please send your resume, cover letter and work samples to [email protected] with the subject line “[Desired Semester & Year] Editorial Intern.”


Video Storytelling

As a Video Storytelling Intern, you’ll work alongside the Communications Manager to write, shoot and edit videos that 1) give the homeless men and women we work with a platform to tell their stories and 2) raise awareness of Street Sense and its mission — all while adding projects to your professional portfolio. This position will provide you the freedom and flexibility to tell stories that you want to tell. We’re building our video program from the ground up, and we want your innovative ideas to help shape our future.

View the full position description. Please send your resume, cover letter and 3-5 video samples to [email protected] with the subject line “[Desired Semester & Year] Video Storytelling Intern.”


Audience Development

As an Audience Development Intern, you’ll work alongside the Communications Manager to grow and engage Street Sense’s audience—particularly our digital audience—by telling the stories of the organization and it’s homeless vendors. You will leverage superior writing and narrative skills to craft digital articles, social media posts and e-newsletters that deliver these stories and increase awareness of the organization’s mission, engaging the public to take action in the fight to end homelessness. Along the way, you’ll amass writing clips while learning social media management, search engine optimization and content marketing strategies that will position you for a career in digital media.

View the full position description. Please send your resume, cover letter and 3-5 writing samples to [email protected] with the subject line “[Desired Semester & Year] Audience Development Intern.”


Graphic Design

Street Sense is looking for a dynamic graphic designer to drive our visual communications. In addition to editorial and cover page design, you will be called upon for key projects such as an annual report, materials for our annual celebration, and expanding our online presence. You will be asked to adhere to brand standards while simultaneously strategizing to reach a broader audience and continue to develop our aesthetic.

Please send your resume, cover letter 3-5 portfolio samples (or link to an online gallery) to [email protected] with the subject line “[Desired Semester & Year] Graphic Design Intern.”


High School

Content Management interns are hired during high school to work alongside homeless and formerly homeless members of our community at a young age. They assist staff members and college interns with everything related to making the content that we create easily accessible by our audience. This includes web publishing through a content management system, social media, photo editing and search engine optimization.

View the full position description. Please send your resume, cover letter and work samples to [email protected] with the subject line “[Desired Semester & Year] Content Management Intern.”