inewsource has been committed since its founding in 2009 to training the next generation of watchdog journalists. That’s why we offer paid internships throughout the year to undergraduates, master’s candidates and recent graduates.

Our interns learn investigative and computer-assisted reporting techniques from the staff and assist in producing government accountability and data-driven stories that set inewsource apart in San Diego. The interns also learn how to background story subjects, file public records requests, do accountability interviews and fact-check stories before publication.

We know classroom learning is important, but we believe the experience inewsource interns gain working in our newsroom is invaluable as they launch their journalism careers.

How to apply

Those interested in applying for an inewsource internship should email their resumé, cover letter and work samples to

Please include “Intern Application” in the subject line and note whether you are applying for a summer, fall or spring internship.

Application deadlines:

Spring 2021 — Nov. 16, 2020 (15-20 hours)
Summer 2021 — Jan. 29, 2021 (40 hours)
Fall 2021  — June 25, 2021 (15-20 hours)

Past interns

Brad Racino

Brad Racino is one of our most high-profile interns turned investigative reporter. He began as an intern in 2012 and today is senior investigative reporter and assistant editor at inewsource. His work has earned him two national awards from the Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Ryann Grochowski

Ryann Grochowski is the data editor at ProPublica, one of the largest and most successful nonprofit newsrooms in the country. A University of Missouri graduate, Grochowski started at inewsource as a data journalism intern in 2011 and was later hired as an investigative data reporter.

Quinn Owen

Quinn Owen works as a reporter and producer for the federal agencies team at ABC News, with a focus on immigration coverage. He is a reporter for and a producer for “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight” and “Nightline.” A graduate of San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Quinn interned for inewsource in 2017.

Madison Hopkins

Madison Hopkins is an investigative reporter with the Better Government Association, a nonprofit news organization in Chicago. She graduated from San Diego State University and interned at inewsource for 10 months during the 2014 school year. Hopkins went on to earn her master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Leonardo Castañeda

Leonardo Castañeda is a demographics and income inequality reporter for The Mercury News in San Jose. Castañeda grew up in Chula Vista and graduated from San Diego State University where he was the editor of the student newspaper, The Daily Aztec. After his inewsource internship ended in June 2014, Castañeda was hired on as an investigative reporter.

Lauren J. Mapp

Lauren J. Mapp is the reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune where she covers stories on family caregiving, Alzheimer’s research, healthcare, assisted living and more. Mapp graduated from San Diego State University where she was a senior staff writer at The Daily Aztec student newspaper.

Nicole Tyau

Nicole Tyau is the digital editor at the Daily Journal, a California legal news publication based in Los Angeles. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in 2017. Tyau interned at inewsource for a year in 2018.

Matt Pearce

Matt Pearce covered the 2020 election as a national reporter for the Los Angeles Times, where he’s worked since 2012. Pearce was an inewsource intern in the D.C. bureau in early 2011 when inewsource was called The Watchdog Institute. Pearce interned in conjunction with the master’s degree in journalism he was completing from the University of Missouri.

Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

Andrea Lopez-Villafaña is a community reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune. After interning with inewsource in 2017 and graduating from San Diego State University with a journalism degree, Lopez-Villafaña worked as a staff writer at San Diego CityBeat and an editor, bilingual reporter and social media manager for La Prensa San Diego.

Megan Wood

Megan Wood is the engagement editor at Voice of San Diego, a nonprofit news organization. Wood joined inewsource as a photo and video intern in 2015 while completing her bachelor’s degree in journalism at San Diego State University. After graduation, she was hired as an investigative reporter and visual journalist.

Megan Wood

Mohamed Al Elew

Mohamed Al Elew is a data reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. He previously was a data intern at CalMatters, a nonprofit news organization covering California politics and policy in Sacramento. Al Elew was a data reporting intern at inewsource in 2018, when he also was editor-in-chief of The Triton, an independent student-run online news site at the University of California San Diego.

Bella Ross

Bella Ross is a web producer and social media specialist at inewsource, where she interned in 2019. She also is a contributor to the CalMatters College Journalism Network. She previously was an intern for The San Diego Union-Tribune and Voice of San Diego. Ross earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism at San Diego State University, where she was editor-in-chief of The Daily Aztec.

Natallie Rocha

Natallie Rocha is a reporter and research specialist at the San Diego Business Journal. She interned at inewsource during the 2019 school year, focusing on the Fix This community reporting project about the region’s infrastructure problems. Previously, Rocha interned for Fortune Magazine as a Dow Jones News Fund fellow. She graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University.

Megan Wood