The Institute for Southern Studies, publisher of Facing South, is now accepting applications for summer internships. An Institute internship is a great way to gain hands-on research and writing experience on issues related to democracy, justice, and sustainability in the South. Internships are paid, typically last 6-8 weeks, and are usually based in the Institute’s offices in Durham, North Carolina.
Interns primarily provide research support for Institute projects and reports for Facing South on topics like immigration, environmental justice, labor and workers’ rights, voting rights and money in politics. Ideally, internships will involve a longer-term project or focus that culminates in a final product by the end of the summer. Interns may have an opportunity to publish stories at Facing South, depending on the individual’s interests and experience.
While research and writing are typically the focus of Institute Internships, we are also open to other media- and nonprofit-related internships if a student brings a specific focus on certain capacities, such as archival research, digital media strategy, marketing, etc.
Some qualities that we look for in a great intern include:
- Strong interest in the issues the Institute covers (see www.facingsouth.org to learn more)
- Connection/commitment to the South and advancing democracy and justice in the region
- Strong writing skills and an interest in media and journalism
- Qualitative and/or quantitative research experience preferred
- Ability to work with a team of colleagues both in-person and remotely
- Reliability, organization and proactive communication with supervisors and colleagues
- Sense of curiosity and a resourcefulness in finding answers to questions a plus
- At least a high school degree. Strong preference for those pursuing degrees in relevant fields like journalism, political science, public policy, history, etc.