PublicSource is a nonprofit online journalism organization in Pittsburgh. We write stories with powerful narratives and characters to explain complex issues in the areas of public safety, education, health, the environment and money & politics.

We are currently hiring for Spring 2018 internships.

PublicSource will pay each intern a $700 stipend for the semester. If you have a professor who will give you credit, we’re happy to fill out the forms.

We would prefer an intern to join us for at least 15 hours a week for the entirety of the spring semester. Our offices are at 746 E. Warrington Ave. in the Allentown neighborhood, right on the bus line.

Please send a cover letter, resume and any appropriate work examples by or before Dec. 8 to Halle Stockton at when applying for any of the following positions:

Editorial internship
Fact-checking/research internship
Social media/marketing internship
Visuals internship

Editorial internship

  • We want someone who goes through life with an eye for untold stories and can figure out how to tell those stories through interviews and research as well as technically sound and compelling writing.
  • We expect interns to contribute to our social media profile series, #PublicStreetsPgh, and to pitch ideas for enterprise stories. The intern will communicate with editors about the progress and timeframe.
  • You should be able to share whatever you produce on social media and have ideas for how all of our stories could get more exposure. (Note: We will check your social media accounts.)
  • And accuracy will be king to the right intern. You’ll do your own fact checks and help staffers.

Fact-checking/research internship

  • A willingness to learn about what stories our writers are working on and the initiative to find and apply relevant and timely research to improve the stories.
  • A working knowledge of research techniques that can be employed at the library and online (i.e. Google Advanced Search, LexisNexis).
  • Enthusiasm about always getting it right. The intern would be responsible for taking on fact checks prepared by writers based off of their reporting and going through it with a fine-tooth comb. Some math chops would be helpful.
  • Someone who is constantly thinking how our fact-checking system could be made better and more bulletproof.

Social media/marketing internship

  • Savvy social media skills: You’ve seen how news outlets are using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and have ideas on what works and what doesn’t.
  • Active participation in brainstorming on how to make our community events informative and engaging so that people would not want to miss them.
  • The ability to take those event ideas and make it a reality. Help us plan and promote these events. Time management is essential.
  • Audience development: Fresh ideas for promoting PublicSource. Tracking down people and organizations with an innate interest in our story topics.
  • Someone game to do market research. What do other groups similar to ours do to promote their work? What kind of events are they hosting? What businesses are sponsoring them?
  • A desire to identify what skills are unique to you and how to apply them to PublicSource’s mission.

Visuals internship

  • Someone with an eye for composing great photos, from candids to portraits, that relay the essence of a person or a story.
  • An interest or experience in videography.
  • The ability to conceptualize how to capture the audience’s attention on social media with different ways to present the visuals, like Instagram stories or Facebook galleries.
  • Strong time management and scheduling skills. Not every assignment will be during normal hours, so we need someone who is responsible and flexible.