Join the next class of MRC interns!
Our Spring application is now open. The application deadline is December 15th, 2020.
Spring internship dates: January 18th - April 9th
Our competitive internship program provides the on-the-job training needed to succeed in a variety of career paths.
Interns in all divisions will work side-by-side with leading conservative journalists and play an active role in accomplishing the MRC’s mission.
The Media Research Center offers many internship opportunities. Find a division best suited to your skills and interest.
For example, if you intern in our NewsBusters department, here is what your resume could look like at the end of your internship:
News Analysis Intern
NewsBusters.org, Media Research Center - Reston, VA
- Monitored and analyzed CNN's late night shows—performing fact-checking and assessing bias
- Wrote more than 50 blog posts for NewsBusters--which has a reach of over 5.5 million website visits per month, a Facebook following of over 2.9 million, and more than 205K Twitter followers
- Authored a content piece that received over 300k clicks, and was picked up by Fox News and The Mark Levin Show
In addition to adding to your resume, as an MRC intern you will enjoy:
- Intern lunches with MRC Founder and President, Brent Bozell, conservative guest speakers, and members of senior staff
- Professional development opportunities to get feedback on your resume, interview techniques, and managing your social media presence
- Networking opportunities with fellow interns, partner conservative organizations, and activists at larger-scale events (like CPAC, YAF's NCSC, and more!)
Did we mention that this is a PAID internship?
The ideal intern candidate will have excellent writing skills, a proven ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines, and a positive attitude. Candidates will also have completed, or be working toward, an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; they will have an awareness of current events/media and a holistic understanding of conservative principles.
Internships are full-time, Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:30pm for a total of 12 weeks. While this is the commitment we ask for, we have flexibility to accommodate class schedules and/or other scheduling conflicts.
“I will always be grateful to CNSNews for giving me an opportunity, and helping launch my career. At a time during the abysmal Obama-Biden economy, with no clips to my name, CNS gave me a shot to go out, learn, and succeed. Giving young conservatives a chance has had an immeasurable impact in the fight to uphold America’s founding principles.”
“Know your enemy. That’s what working at the News Analysis Division (aka Newsbusters) at the Media Research Center will prepare you for when you join their fantastic internship program. The staff is open and will answer any questions you may have if any. Overall, you will just have a good time owning the liberals as they continue to be abjectly terrible in covering the Trump White House or any Republican administration. The MRC, the Newsbusters division, and the CNS News wing, which I also dabbled with when MRCTV was part of that operation, is an excellent place to get your start in the ongoing fight against the Democrat-Media complex.”
“I interned for the Media Research Center and CNS News all the way back in 2007. It was my first job in conservative journalism and provided me with the experience that convinced me I wanted to be a writer. MRC interns didn't just fetch coffee: they engaged, wrote, edited, gathered facts, accrued interviews, racked up bylines, and learned the tricks of the trade. The dedication of the MRC's editors and staff to good journalism and covering all facets of an issue was inspiring and much fairer than anything you're likely to find in the so-called mainstream press.”
CNSNews publishes the stories that the liberal media deliberately ignore or refuse to cover. They drive the national debate on foreign policy, national security, the economy, and social issues. CNSNews is an indispensable source of news and opinion for millions of conservative Americans.
The News Analysis Division works to expose the media’s liberal bias and radical agenda by publishing to NewsBusters.org. Through groundbreaking research projects and regular blogs, NAD analysts document and expose liberal bias that permeates the major media outlets. NewsBusters analysts and content are regularly featured on Fox News, Drudge Report, and other top sites.
MRCTV is the video production arm of the MRC and the leading conservative video platform. The division focuses particularly on reaching younger audiences through engaging and informative content. MRCTV develops and creates conservative viral videos in addition to producing regular commentaries and other projects for the MRC.
MRC Culture is the nation’s preeminent defender of traditional American values against the left wing media. MRC Culture is dedicated to analyzing social and cultural issues in the media — tackling Hollywood hypocrites, issues within sports, as well as attacks on the sanctity of life and religious freedom.
MRC Business’ mission is to defend free enterprise and promote accurate economic reporting. MRC Business analyzes the media's coverage of the economy, demonstrates the toxic influence of liberal mega-donors, and exposes liberal narrative being pushed in topics ranging from climate change to taxes.
MRC Marketing makes sure MRC’s research and campaigns get out to the public and enables the MRC to reach new audiences. They work to communicate the fight against media bias through social media, graphic design, and in-person events.
The work of MRC Tech is at the very heart of MRC’s mission. Tech enables the MRC to keep its technical systems up and running and supports the MRC’s state-of-the-art media tracking equipment. The Tech team keeps the MRC online so it can take on the liberal media and pushes it ever forward into the digital age.
The MRC Development team works hard to support the mission of the MRC by raising the necessary funds to ensure the MRC’s success in the fight against liberal media bias. Development keeps donors up-to-date and informed on the MRC’s latest projects and organizes MRC events all over the country.
The Digital Communications team is an interdisciplinary team that supports Marketing, Development, and IT efforts. The team is responsible for grassroots communications, online fundraising, newsletters and specialized communications, digital advertising, web design, and membership services.
In parallel with fellow interns at MRC NewsBusters, MRC Latino interns analyze the news programming of top U.S. Spanish-language media outlets, producing analysis in both English and Spanish. Since MRC Latino covers top U.S. Spanish-language media outlets, analysis is written in both English and Spanish. Interns are required to have proficiency in both languages.
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- Excellent writing skills
- A holistic understanding of conservative principles based on limited government, traditional values, and a strong national defense
- A positive attitude
- Knowledge of current political landscape and media
- The ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
- Team spirit, integrity, and the ability to work well with people
“Interning with the MRC has given me the opportunity to work with an amazing staff, expand my writing skills, and have all the preparation needed to enter the workforce. I would highly recommend this internship to anyone with an interest in the media and the conservative movement.”
“I learned so much about what it takes to be a journalist in a competitive market and was treated like an actual reporter at CNSNews — not just an intern. Not only that, but I was able to be a reporter on Capitol Hill. Being able to attend press briefings and hearings — things I had seen only on TV — was so surreal. I am so thankful for the opportunities I have been given as an intern for the MRC and I will never forget the things I learned here. Thank you MRC! ”
“Not many people can say they have worked at America's leading media watchdog, but I have been blessed to have that opportunity at the Media Research Center. I worked with an incredible team that always prioritized my success and strengthened my skills as a writer and young professional! I would recommend the program to any young conservative looking to spread the message of truth and liberty.”
“Interning with the MRC was very much a broadening of horizons for me. I already had a talent for writing and research, a passion for conservative ideas, and a basic understanding of the need for responsible, unbiased journalism. MRC took all that, and transformed it from raw materials into a skillset that I will carry with me throughout the rest of my life. I am very grateful to all those who helped me along the way, and I hope MRC continues to successfully conduct its mission as America's media watchdog.”
“The Media Research Center Internship is perfect for any young professional who wants to seek the truth. I’m glad to be part of a team who strives to bring the truth to Americans, even through the Spanish-language Media.”
Spring 2020 & Summer 2019
“I have learned a great deal here at the MRC and the experience has been nothing short of excellent. Extremely grateful to have been chosen for the intern program.”
“Immensely grateful for the opportunity the MRC has given me!”
“Being granted the opportunity to be a crusader for the truth and play a small role in debunking the Democratic powerhouse that is the mainstream media has been the honor of a lifetime. The MRC will go down in history as being the peoples' publication.”
Summer & Fall 2019
“The MRC has given me the incredible opportunity to shed light on the media's tacit deceit -- a deceit that dismantles our constitutional principles. Interns are not treated like grunts. As soon as you walk through the door, you become an integral part of the organization's mission. You are trained to become a leader of a vital movement.”
“At CNS News, I have learned to present merely the facts, never an agenda, that will hopefully reach all Americans, not just conservatives.”
Liam Sigler, CNSNews Intern
“This internship is anything but ‘fake news.’ You learn and do a lot, under the leadership of the one-and-only Brent Bozell, a leader in the conservative movement.”Jackson Richman, NewsBusters Intern
“My time at the MRC was something I will cherish for the rest of my life, as the people in my department made me feel a part of the organization from day one. I could not have asked for a better opportunity for my first internship. I learned a tremendous amount about real world opportunities, and the connections I made I will keep for the rest of my life!”William Boyd, Marketing Intern
“Interning at the MRC was a great experience because it enabled me to learn about nonprofits and development while working in a welcoming, family-like environment.”Rachel Cartegna, Development Intern
“The MRC gives interns the same experience and opportunities as employees, while assisting them and providing tips and pointers when needed. It is an excellent place to gain real-world experience and exposure in the media realm while learning more about the business from seasoned professionals.”Gage Cohen, CNSNews.com Intern
“My internship at Media Research Center was an excellent opportunity to engage in the important media bias debate from a substantive, fact-based perspective. I had the opportunity to deconstruct bias in a way that was deliberate and meaningful, which made for a hugely rewarding experience.”Michael Johns, NewsBusters Intern
“The MRC was a great experience for me because it prepared me to be in a real life work environment. The people there were very helpful and friendly. I had a great time making connections and learning, which is why I would highly recommend this internship to anyone looking for one.”Alexis Thomasi, NewsBusters Intern
“I had the opportunity to learn and be a part of several functions of the Media Research Center, including blog contribution, studio setup, video editing, and on-site filming! It was an incredible and invaluable opportunity.”Bryan Michalek, MRCTV Intern
“In a United States where liberal media bias is becoming increasingly outrageous, working at the MRC helped me to learn for myself what future generations of conservatives can do to stand up for truth and traditional American values.”Kevin Baker, NewsBusters Intern
“If you are looking for a coffee-fetching, data-entering, boring internship, MRC is not for you. Because at MRC, you will be writing articles that will be read by thousands of people, working in an exciting and fast-paced environment, and meeting the same expectations as full-time staff. Not only was my internship at MRC an absolute blast, but it gave me invaluable experience and connections that I will take with me everywhere I go.”Maggie McKneely, MRC Culture Intern
“Interning for the MRC taught me what it means to be a real journalist.”Joe Setyon, CNSNews.com Intern