Summer 2021 internships

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting is looking for applicants for its summer 2021 internship program. 

The Midwest Center is a nonprofit newsroom devoted to covering agriculture and Big Ag and its influence on government, labor and our food supply. We emphasize reporting using documents and data analysis, and we have a network of partners, including USA Today and the Associated Press, that runs our coverage.

This is a part-time, possibly remote position (20 hours a week for 10 weeks), at $15 an hour, with the potential for one or more internships extending into the fall. The internship would begin on Monday, June 7, and end on Friday, Aug. 13. 

You'd be expected to produce 1-2 stories a month, and assist with research and data-entry for projects. In addition, you might be expected to produce shorter weekly stories on deadline. You'd also be responsible for pitching story ideas at monthly pitch meetings.

In the past year, we've covered how Monsanto knew its dicamba pesticide would harm crops, how the meatpacking industry prioritized profits over people during the COVID-19 pandemic and the federal government's failure to warn pet owners about a popular dog collar.

Work from previous interns include a profile of a Minnesota therapist who helps farmers struggling with stress, a story on the tough choice migrant workers face during the pandemic and a report focused on meatpacking plants' attendance policies that workers said forced them to work during the pandemic.

Familiarity with Excel/Google Sheets is preferred. Spanish-language skills are a plus.

To apply, please send a resume, a 1-page cover letter, 3 of your best clips (or projects you've worked on), and at least 2 references to the managing editor, Sky Chadde,, by end of the business day, 5 p.m. central time, May 3.

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting is an equal employment opportunity employer and we seek to increase diversity in our own operation and in the news media. We encourage individuals from communities traditionally underrepresented in this field to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply.