Intern with Street Sense Media

Thank you for your interest in interning with Street Sense Media! We are a small nonprofit media center that offers a limited number of unpaid internships for people interested in getting their hands dirty on the front lines combating homelessness and poverty in our nation’s capital.

Applications for the summer semester are open. Applicants are encouraged to apply two to three months in advance of when they would like to begin interning.

Internship 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 three to four months. We value diverse skill sets and experience and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, especially if you have lived experience with homelessness.

Street Sense Media interns have pursued careers in journalism, education, social work, communications, community organizing, nonprofit management, and more. Here are just some of the companies they have gone on to work with:

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

On top of the reporting and production experience, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with mentors and training opportunities on topics such as interview skills, data visualization, public records, and media law.

Editorial intern candidates can also apply for the new Michael Stoops Fellowship, a paid position offered once a semester. We are looking for someone who has a deep willingness to learn about homelessness and poverty issues to join us.

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

Graphic Design

Street Sense Media is looking for a dynamic Graphic Design Intern to drive our visual communications. Your focus will be editorial and cover page design. However, you will also be called upon for key projects such as materials for our annual fundraiser, 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.

View the full position description. Please send your resume, cover letter, and three portfolio samples (or link to an online gallery) to [email protected] with the subject line “[Desired Semester & Year] Graphic Design Intern.”

Case Management

As a Case Management Intern, you will be responsible for monitoring and organizing client cases in a teamoriented environment. You will be directly involved in the lives of clients and vendors to provide resources and assistance to help achieve short- and long-term goals. You must be highly organized, empathetic, compassionate, nonjudgmental, and eager to help vulnerable adults. You will be under the supervision of the Director of Programs. This position is on-site only. SSM complies with DC government protocols. Additional PPE can be provided if requested.

View the full position description. Please send your resume, 2-3 references, and cover letter to [email protected].

High School

Content Management interns are hired during high school semesters to work alongside homeless and formerly homeless members of our community. You will 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.

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

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