Do you have what it takes?
Intern with America's Media Watchdog!

Our demanding and challenging internships will provide you with the hands-on experience you need to make it in the fast-paced world of media and public policy. If you have…

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Knowledge of current events and politics
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • A passion for politics, journalism, or research
  • Possess a firm understanding of conservative principles based on limited government, individual liberty with responsibility, free enterprise, and a
    strong national defense

…then an MRC internship may be right for you. Exciting opportunities are available in all of our divisions!

"In a city that often expects interns to get coffee and run errands for little or no pay, the internship is a diamond in the rough. From day one, interns are given the opportunity to be professional journalists covering important current events, but they still receive valuable training and mentoring from seasoned veterans."
– Nathan Burchfiel, Intern, Woodstock, MD

The Media Research Center’s Youth Education and Intern Program is sponsored by The WINREP Foundation, Triad Foundation, Arthur N. Rupe Foundation, Anonymous and The JM Foundation.

Application Requirements
Intern candidates must submit:

  • Application Form
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • 2 to 3 brief writing samples
  • A paragraph detailing why writing samples were selected for submission

Applications may be emailed to;
faxed to (703) 683-9736 or mailed to:

Media Research Center
Attn: Intern Coordinator
325 South Patrick Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Available MRC Internships

News Analysis Interns
Analyze news and detect bias with the pros!
News Analysis Interns work for one of three divisions, watching the news and exposing bias. Interns in the News Analysis Division combat liberal media bias; Business & Media Institute interns examine how the media cover business and economic issues, and Culture and Media Institute interns research how the media cover social and cultural issues.

News Analysis Division
News Analysis Division (NAD) interns become part of the backbone of the Media Research Center. The original MRC division, NAD plays a key role in all of the organization’s efforts to document, expose and neutralize liberal bias.

As a NAD intern, you will assist analysts and editors in the daily tracking of bias airing on the major network and cable news television programs, as well as print and online news outlets. Interns will also assist in writing and editing NAD publications like Notable Quotables, MRC’s Reality Check, Special Reports and its Web sites, and

Business & Media Institute
As intern for the Business & Media Institute (BMI), you’ll be treated like a full-time employee. BMI interns do research for op-eds, stories and big projects. You will get a chance to write and work with experienced editors to improve your final product. Each intern gets assigned regular responsibilities to monitor different parts of the media and to write up those results.

In addition, each BMI intern works on one major project. Previous projects have included a major analysis of media coverage of climate change going back 110 years; a look at how much TV Al Gore and his movie received in summer 2006 and an examination of how media hype downplays good economic news. All three of those projects resulted in major media hits for BMI, including TV appearances for BMI Director Dan Gainor.

Culture and Media Institute
The Culture and Media Institute (CMI) is on the cutting edge of cultural and media issues, and as a CMI intern you’ll quickly find out your tasks will be anything but routine. Intern responsibilities include research, writing, attending events, clerical tasks and constituent services, plus all-around culture watching. Topics can range from Paris Hilton’s latest antics to judges who sue dry cleaners for $60 million for losing a pair of pants.

With work vetted by two professional editors, CMI interns learn to write more clearly and effectively. Often, work goes beyond the CMI Website and is magnified by other MRC divisions, such as Newsbusters and
, or by editors on the Web and print publications.

CMI interns should have a strong belief in personal responsibility and a firm understanding of traditional moral principles.

Journalism Internships
Journalism interns work at the Cybercast News Service ( , the MRC’s News Division. At, interns learn how to become objective journalists.
As an intern with you’ll find, research and write your own news articles that appear with your byline on Cybercast News Service -- You will work closely with other staff to find ideas for articles and work through problems that arise in the research and writing process.

Interns also attend weekly staff meetings to report on the status of current projects and provide input regarding the direction of the organization.

Public Relations Internships public relations interns learn and help to increase media coverage and audience of a unique, dynamic online news product. PR interns will get one-on-one training and learn the ins and outs of developing targeted media lists, effectively pitching stories, and documenting successes.

Marketing Internships
Marketing Interns work in the MRC’s Marketing Department to promote the MRC’s activities.

As an MRC Marketing intern, you’ll create a custom curriculum to give you hands-on experience in all facets of marketing: marketing communications, database marketing and analytics and direct response marketing. This will include working with the marketing department to track the MRC’s appearances in the media and learn how to track online analytics to evaluate how well the MRC is reaching its targeted audiences. You’ll also help develop messaging, work on social networking marketing, help design ads and other publications (both print and online), and work with the MRC’s graphic designer and marketing staff on a variety of special projects that you can add to your resume.

MRC Marketing interns have designed special report covers, created the MRC’s 20th Anniversary Logo, and help produce the weekly MRC in the News Report.

Public Relations Internships
MRC public relations interns work for one of two divisions to communicate the MRC’s messages to a variety of audiences. PR interns will get one-on-one training from communications professionals in the MRC’s division or News Analysis Division to learn the ins and outs of pitching, op-eds and targeting messages to fit an audience.

Development Internships
The Development Department supports the entire organization by building, cultivating, and identifying supporters of the MRC.

Development Interns
As a development intern, you’ll have the opportunity to research donors and foundations, while helping with the daily activities of fundraising. Additionally, interns assist with donor events and event planning. This position is a great opportunity for someone wanting to get their feet wet in the profession of fundraising.


Deadlines to apply:

Spring 2010
(1/18 - 4/16)
February 1, 2010

Summer 2010
(5/17 - 8/13)
April 1, 2010

Fall 2010
(9/20 - 12/10)
August 1, 2010

More information:

About the MRC

About the Intern Program



Contact Us


Please call
(703) 683-9733
and ask to speak with
Intern Coordinator

"As an intern at the Media Research Center I began to realize the fervor and zeal that is essential for every journalist to have."
Kai Sandvig

"Interning at the MRC really gave me an opportunity to work hands-on with both peers and professionals."
Philippa Wood

325 South Patrick Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

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