Internships

Thank you for your interest in interning at The Hill.

The Hill has a very active internship program that covers our editorial and creative departments. At The Hill, we believe strongly that an internship is what an intern makes of it. We reward initiative and judge on merit. Interns have an opportunity equal to anyone else in getting their writing and multimedia published.

 

EDITORIAL

An editorial Hill internship will include intense exposure to national politics and Congress. Interns will experience a fast pace and deadline pressure.

The Hill publishes its newspaper three times a week when both chambers of Congress are in session and once a week the rest of the year.

Interns for The Hill have broken major stories, receiving widespread recognition. Their work has appeared on The Hill website and in print.

Duties: Editorial intern duties consist primarily of writing and reporting. Interns also assist reporters and frequently get assignments that take them to the Capitol and the halls of Congress. Interns have some clerical duties, including assisting at events hosted by The Hill, couriering material to and from Capitol Hill and assisting reporters with fact-checking and transcribing.



CREATIVE

The Hill has a creative department covering video, digital and print. We currently have openings in the print/digital and photography departments.

VIDEO: The Hill has a robust video department. Interns can be expected to edit and shoot video as well as help pitch ideas, help book interviews and upload videos to our CMS. The ideal video intern is capable of editing video in a non-linear fashion. Proficiency in Adobe Premiere is necessary, experience with Adobe After Effects is a plus.

DIGITAL AND PRINT GRAPHICS: The creative department of The Hill creates original illustrations for print, web and social as well as layout for The Hill's print newspaper. Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign preferred. Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday late afternoon/early evening availability needed.

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Hill’s photo intern can be expected to produce photos for print and digital stories both on and off Capitol Hill. Some digital asset media organization will also be a part of the intern responsibilities. Proficiency with basic camera operation required as well as Photoshop and Lightroom.

 

BASIC INFORMATION

The Hill accommodates academic schedules and interns do not have to be present all five days or can work partial days. But they must be able to work at least three days a week. We offer a flexible schedule, but we do not accept remote work.

The Hill does not have a dress code, but regular business attire is required as interns could be required to go to Capitol Hill at any moment. Mature, businesslike behavior is expected in the workplace. Like all staff, interns are expected to fulfill any and all assignments given to them.

Directions: The Hill's offices are located at 1625 K Street NW, Suite 900. The Capitol is a quick subway ride away. Parking near the newsroom is scarce and very expensive. Nearby commercial lots usually fill by 11 a.m. On-street parking is available, but only between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and meter enforcement is very strict. The offices are very close to the Washington Metro system at the Farragut West or Farragut North stations.

Terms and Conditions

All Hill internships are unpaid.

Interns are entirely responsible for their own lodging and travel. The Hill assumes no responsibility and cannot compensate any outside expenses connected with an internship. However, we will cover in-town travel expenses for work assignments.

The Hill assumes no liability and accepts no responsibility for intern behavior outside the workplace.

To Apply

It is strongly recommended that applicants familiarize themselves with the newspaper and the website before applying.

If you are interested in applying for an editorial internship, please email News Editor Timothy R. Homan at thoman@thehill.com with the subject line “Internship.”

If you are interested in applying for a creative internship, please email Creative Director Ashley Perks at aperks@thehill.com with the subject line “Internship.” If you have a portfolio or samples of your work, please send them as well.

Be sure to spell out:
1. The semester for which you're applying.
2. The beginning and ending dates of your internship.
3. The days of the week you're available.
4. The hours you are available.
5. A resume, cover letter and information on any academic programs in Washington you are participating in.

The best times to apply are:

October-November for the following Spring semester (January-May). Decisions will likely be made in December.

January-March for the following Summer semester (May-August). Decisions will likely be made in March-April.

May-August for the following Fall semester (September-December). Decisions will likely be made in July-August.