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2023 Summer High School Internships

Teen Journalism Institute

Summer High School Internships

The Spokesman-Review, with grant funding from Bank of America and support from the Innovia Foundation, is excited to bring back the Teen Journalism Institute summer internship program for a third summer.

The program will host four fully paid positions for an 8-week session that begins June 26. Last year, many of our interns continued their work with The Spokesman-Review as part-time jobs through the school year. Students must be between the ages of 16 and 18.


This opportunity is open to incoming high school juniors and seniors enrolled in public or private school, or home schooled. Interns must be able to get to and from The Spokesman-Review newsroom in downtown Spokane each day, with parking provided. Because of the large amount applicants this program receives, students must be able to attend all eight weeks of the program.


Applications must be submitted by June 9. Applications submitted earlier will be given preference.

What You'll Do

Working directly with Spokesman-Review editor Rob Curley, as well as with other senior editors and reporters on the newspaper's staff, students will:

  • Learn the basics of journalism, including how to conduct interviews, setting up meetings with the people who will be the sources for their news stories, basic research skills, working in an office environment, and, of course, how to continually improve writing skills.
  • Write news and features for a daily newspaper
  • Work in every department in the newsroom, including photo, news, features and sports
  • Attend twice-weekly sessions with newsroom staff and outside experts to learn about different aspects of journalism and its civic mission
  • Attend daily news meetings with the editors of The Spokesman-Review to see how stories are developed and selected to run in the different sections of the newspaper
  • During the final weeks of the program, students will decide as a group on a longer-term, community-service based journalism project to be published in The Spokesman-Review

For more information on this internship, read Spokesman-Review editor Rob Curley's description of this program from when it was first announced in May of 2021:

Because of Bank of America’s funding of this program, this is a one-of-a-kind experience for high school students to work in a daily newsroom through the only paid high school newspaper journalism internship in the nation.

Previous inaugural classes

2022 class
2021 inaugural class