Investigate Midwest is looking for applicants for its summer 2023 internship program. This position is for college students who will return to school after the internship.

Strong applicants will have had a previous news-related internship.

We’re an independent, nonprofit newsroom devoted to serving the public interest by exposing dangerous and costly practices of influential agricultural corporations and institutions through in-depth and data-driven investigative journalism.

This position is funded by the Gary Marx Fund, a resource created by longtime investigative reporter David Jackson to help educate the next generation of investigative reporters.

This is a part-time, possibly remote position: 30 hours a week, at $15 an hour, for 10 weeks. The internship begins Monday, June 5, and ends Friday, Aug. 11. 

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.

Recently, we’ve covered the meatpacking industry prioritizing profits over people during the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government’s failure to warn pet owners about a popular dog collar and a large company downplaying injuries its workers suffered.

Work from previous interns include an examination of a secretive company critical to the poultry industry, a piece highlighting a trend in meatpacking plants using foreign labor that worries worker advocates, and a deep-dive into how a concentrated market affects cattle producers.

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 digital editor, Suzanne Behnke, suzanne.behnke@investigatemidwest.org, by end of the business day, 5 p.m. central time, Jan 31, 2023.

Investigate Midwest 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.