2023 POLITICO Journalism Institute

Employer Politico
Location Washington, DC
Type Internship
Apply by December 5, 2022
Posted on October 19, 2022


POLITICO’s mission from the very beginning was to win the audience. We dedicate ourselves to providing accurate, nonpartisan, impactful journalism so that our readers are well informed and can work with confidence and speed. We also commit to training the next generation of journalists, as we promote diversity throughout D.C. area newsrooms. The POLITICO Journalism Institute (PJI) is one of the ways we do that.

We are now accepting applications for the next session (May 30, 2023 – June 9, 2023). This competitive training program will admit at least 12 undergraduate, graduate students, or recent graduates interested in covering politics and policy as the program reaches its eighth year of training emerging journalists.

Programming for PJI includes interactive sessions, panels with industry leaders, mentor pairings with POLITICO journalists and an opportunity for participants to have their work published by POLITICO. Throughout the program, PJI participants split their time between American University in Washington, D.C., and POLITICO headquarters in Arlington, Va. All costs for attending PJI, including room, board and transportation, are covered by POLITICO.  To be considered for PJI, you must complete all five components of the application listed below.  

Applicants who are rising juniors or seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities will be given preference. Student members of minority journalism associations are encouraged to apply.

Please include the following with your application:

  • A cover letter addressed to the ‘Selection Committee’ telling why you think you should be chosen.
  • A one-page resume
  • Links to PDFs for 3 samples of your best journalistic work.
  • One letter of recommendation. Please attach a signed letter (on letterhead) from your reference, as a PDF. Your reference can also directly email the letter of reference to PJI@politico.com.
  • A PDF with a one- or two-paragraph pitch using the prompt below. This exercise allows you to demonstrate your skills in pitching a story idea to an editor:

Select a story from POLITICO.com that you hypothetically would use as a basis for a follow-up story. Do basic research on the topic, then ‘pitch’ an idea in one or two paragraphs. Consider an angle not addressed in the initial report; then cite the original headline, byline and date of publication in your pitch; and be specific about the point of your follow-up story, including any organization or source you would reach out to. (Do not write the actual story, just write a pitch to demonstrate your news judgment and how well you can communicate your idea.)

Applications are due by 11:59 PM on December 5, 2022.

Apply here.