Program Internship

The Lenfest Institute for Journalism is pleased to announce a 6-month internship opportunity for a current college student who has completed at least two years of their four-year programs. Based in Philadelphia, the internship will focus on assisting the program and operations team on programming and grant making efforts addressing issues of interest to local and metro journalistic enterprises, and projects to aid local news operations. The intern will also help with the operations of the Institute and participate in a variety of activities essential to running the nonprofit Lenfest Institute. 

About us: 

The Lenfest Institute for Journalism is the first-of-its-kind organization whose sole mission is to develop and support sustainable business models for great local journalism.

A distinctive organization of news executives, media entrepreneurs, software and technology executives, philanthropists, community leaders and leading academics, the Institute is working to transform the news industry in the digital age to ensure that high quality local journalism remains a cornerstone of our democracy.

The Lenfest Institute for Journalism is a mission-based non-profit corporation devoted to local journalism. The Institute was founded in 2016 by cable television entrepreneur H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest. Lenfest gifted to the Institute an initial endowment of $20 million, which has since been supplemented by other donors, for investment in innovative news initiatives, new technology and sustainable business models for local news. Lenfest also gifted sole ownership of the Philadelphia Media Network (The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and, the Philadelphia region’s largest news website), to the Institute, assets for which he had invested more than $80 million.

The Philadelphia news properties are now the largest newspapers in America operated as a public-benefit corporation, under the non-profit ownership of the Institute, dedicated solely to the mission of preserving local journalism nationwide. These news properties will also serve as a live lab for the Institute’s innovation investments.

Through grant-making and program activities, the Institute provides both financial resources and hands-on expertise to individuals and organizations seeking to help invent the future of sustainable local journalism.

Description of Activities:

Working closely with the Director of Operations, the Program Director of the Philadelphia Ecosystem, and with all of the Institute’s staff and contractors, the Intern will be involved in all aspects of the Institute’s operations, including some of the following areas:

  • Research on issues of interest to local and metro news operations, and developing reports and data describing the results
  • Promotion of the Institute and its research findings through social media and other means
  • Analysis related to grant applications submitted to the Institute
  • Lunch and learn series with senior Institute staff
  • Attending events designed to foster communication among those involved in local journalism and to share best practices, and events to assist in fundraising activities
  • Other programs and tasks essential to the Institute’s operations

Position Qualifications and Details:

  • At least two years progress towards B.A., B.S., or equivalent four-year degree
  • Demonstrated interest in journalism and/or related business issues
  • Understanding of Philadelphia, its diverse population, and its news ecosystem a plus
  • The position will be based on our Philadelphia offices
  • US work authorization required
  • Available to work from 4/11/22 – 12/23/22
  • Estimated salary: $15/hr


Please send a cover letter describing your interest and a resume to: [email protected].