Investigative news site ProPublica took to Kickstarter in May to fund an internship to conduct watchdog reporting on the intern economy in America, and they’ve successfully raised the money they need to proceed.
The nonprofit newsroom says it started the campaign with a question: “What’s your internship story?” and relied on crowdfunding and a loyal readership base to fund their internship. Over a 30-day period, ProPublica received nearly $24,000 for a 16-week fall internship, and the job will entail traveling across the country to college campuses, investigating some of these questions:
Who benefits most from these internships? What protections exist for interns who encounter discrimination or harassment? Are interns being fairly compensated?
Backers on the site could make contributions from $5 to $10,000, with $500 toward the campaign buying you a pizza party at ProPublica’s NYC offices (still can’t believe no one took them up on that offer). The Knight Foundation got behind the idea, too, and will donate $5,000 toward funding the internship-reporting intern.