Training the next generation of watchdog journalists is part of the mission of inewsource. That’s why we have offered paid internships since our founding in 2009 to undergraduates, master’s candidates and recent graduates.

Our reporting interns learn investigative and data reporting techniques from the staff and assist in producing government accountability and data-driven stories that set inewsource apart in the San Diego region. Reporting interns also learn how to background story subjects, file public records requests, do accountability interviews and fact-check stories before publication. Many of our reporting interns also get bylines on their own investigative stories. 

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

How to apply

Interested in applying for an inewsource internship? You will need your resumé and a cover letter describing your strengths and weaknesses as a candidate, and how you hope an inewsource internship will help you grow.  In the application, please select if you would like to apply to a reporting internship and the term, as described below.

Application deadlines:

Summer 2023 — March 10, 2023 (15-20 hours per week)

Where are our interns now?

At inewsource, our staff loves helping early-career journalists build successful careers. We’ve been honored to work with an incredibly talented group of interns since our founding, and we’re proud to follow their careers and support them as they move into bigger roles at inewsource and at other organizations. Check out the bios below to learn where former inewsource interns are working now. 

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Past interns

Leonardo Castañeda

Leonardo Castañeda is an investigative immigration reporter for the ACLU of New Mexico. 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 at inewsource.

Anissa Durham

Anissa Durham is a freelancer and former general assignment reporter and reporting intern at inewsource. She has also interned at The San Diego Union-Tribune, L.A. STYLE Magazine and J. Walcher Communications. During her time at inewsource, Durham reported stories on infrastructure needs in San Diego’s historically neglected communities and the city’s goal to end systemic racism. She’s a graduate of National University.

Mohamed Al Elew

Mohamed Al Elew is a data reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. They previously were 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 they served as editor-in-chief of The Triton, an independent student-run online news site at the University of California San Diego.

Madison Hopkins

Madison Hopkins is a health care accountability reporter for The Kansas City Beacon. 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.

Ryann Grochowski Jones

Ryann Grochowski Jones 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.

Matt Kristoffersen

Matt Kristoffersen is a reporting intern at inewsource, where he was previously the newsroom’s first-ever digital intern in fall 2021 while completing his bachelor’s degree in history at Yale University. He has also interned at The Sacramento Bee and The Press-Enterprise and freelanced for The New York Times.

Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

Andrea Lopez-Villafaña is the managing editor for daily news at Voice of San Diego. 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, an editor, bilingual reporter and social media manager for La Prensa San Diego and a community reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Lauren J. Mapp

Lauren J. Mapp is a reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune where she covers family caregiving, elder care, social justice, Indigenous communities and food. Mapp was an inewsource intern in 2018 and 2019 before graduating from San Diego State University with a journalism degree. She also has associate degrees in journalism, culinary arts and political science from San Diego Mesa College.

Sofía Mejías-Pascoe

Sofía Mejías-Pascoe is a border and immigration reporter at inewsource. She previously interned at several local papers, including Voice of San Diego and The San Diego Union-Tribune. As a former inewsource intern, Mejías-Pascoe co-reported stories on pandemic parties in a downtown San Diego high-rise apartment building and COVID-19 deaths among jail and prison inmates that went uncounted. She was hired on after graduating from UC Santa Barbara in 2021.

Quinn Owen

Quinn Owen works as a reporter and producer covering policy and politics at ABC News. Owen graduated from San Diego State University and also interned for KBPS, NPR’s Morning Edition, This Week with George Stephanopoulos and Meet the Press. A graduate of San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Quinn interned for inewsource in 2017.

Matt Pearce

Matt Pearce is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times covering internet culture and podcasting. He has worked at the newspaper since 2012, including covering the 2020 election. Pearce was an inewsource intern in Washington, D.C., in 2011, when inewsource was called The Watchdog Institute. He interned in conjunction with completing his master’s degree in journalism at the University of Missouri.

Brad Racino

Brad Racino is the editor and publisher for New York Cannabis Insider. His first job with inewsource was as an intern in 2012. Racino had risen to become a senior investigative reporter and assistant editor with inewsource before returning to his home state of New York in 2021. At inewsource, he earned national awards from the Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Natallie Rocha

Natallie Rocha covers small business and workplace issues for The San Diego Union-Tribune. Previously, Rocha worked as 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. She graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University.

Bella Ross

Bella Ross is a community engagement specialist for The San Diego Union-Tribune. She previously was a web producer and social media specialist at inewsource, where she interned in 2019. She also interned for The San Diego Union-Tribune and Voice of San Diego. Ross graduated from San Diego State University, where she was editor-in-chief of The Daily Aztec.

Kate Sequeira

Kate Sequeira is a journalism resident at EdSource. She previously worked as a general assignment reporter and web/social media producer at inewsource, and was also a former inewsource intern. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. While at USC, Sequeira served as editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan.

Nicole Tyau

Nicole Tyau is a communications coordinator at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. 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.

Megan Wood

Megan Wood is the engagement editor at Voice of San Diego. 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 at inewsource.

Chloe Wynne

Chloe Wynne is a fellow at the audio production company Story Mechanics. She is a former inewsource web producer and intern. During her inewsource internship, she reported on the pandemic’s impact on unhoused students and investigated hospitals out of compliance with federal regulations. Wynne has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.