Religion News Service Internship

An RNS internship means gaining practical experience as a news reporter and building a strong clip file. RNS’ interns regularly have their pieces picked up by major consumer and religious media.

RNS accepts undergraduate or graduate students with knowledge of religion and experience in reporting to cover press conferences, Capitol Hill, events taking place in Washington and other news stories.

RNS editors work with interns to generate and edit stories, help make contacts with religious organizations and media, and learn the finer points of religion reporting.

Our interns are based in Washington, D.C., unpaid and typically work three days a week.

The intern will meet with RNS’ editor-in-chief to determine a mutually convenient working schedule. The initial focus of the intern will be writing short news stories for RNS’ daily news service. Feature news stories are also possible. Content of stories and frequency of writing are to be determined by the editor and the intern. Interns are also assigned occasional special projects, such as photo processing.

About RNS

Religion News Service has been an authoritative source of news about religion, ethics, spirituality and moral issues for 80 years.

Based in Washington, D.C., RNS has a network of correspondents around the world, providing news and information on all faiths and religious movements to the nation’s leading newspapers, news magazines, broadcast organizations and religious publications.

RNS’ first priority is to provide intelligent, objective coverage of all religions — Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Asian religions and private spirituality. RNS also provides commentary from a diverse array of all points of the political and theological spectrum.

The Washington Post, Huffington Post, USA Today and NPR all rely on RNS as a trusted source of news as do religious publications from the Catholic Digest to the Christian Century.


RNS is currently accepting applications for our spring 2015 internships. Application deadlines are as follows:

Spring 2015 internship: Feb. 11, 2015.

Summer 2015 internship: March 30, 2015

Fall 2015 internship: June 15, 2015.

To Apply

Send resume, clips and a brief outline of internship goals to:

Lauren Markoe
National Correspondent