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 mainstream and religious media.

RNS accepts interns who are undergraduate or graduate students with experience in reporting and knowledge of religion. They cover stories at the nexus of religion and politics, and religion and culture, writing off press conferences and other newsworthy events in and beyond Washington, D.C.

RNS editors work closely with interns to generate story ideas and craft readable, informative pieces for a national audience. They help interns 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, though other arrangements are possible. RNS provides a stipend for commuting expenses within the Washington area.

About RNS

Religion News Service has been an authoritative source of news about religion, ethics and spirituality since 1934. Its priority is to provide intelligent, objective coverage of news about religion, relying on its core staff of reporters and a network of correspondents around the world.

Its work is available on and to about 100 subscribers including The Washington Post, USA Today, NPR, the St. Louis Dispatch, Sojourners, the Christian Century and the New Jersey Jewish News.


RNS is currently accepting applications for our spring 2017 internship. Application deadlines are as follows:

Spring 2017 internship: Nov. 9, 2016

Summer 2017 internship: March 23, 2017

To Apply:

Send a resume, three clips (which do not have to be on religion-oriented subjects) and a cover letter explaining why you would like to intern at RNS to:

Lauren Markoe
National Correspondent