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Student Internships/Jobs/Fellowships


All students are encouraged strongly to obtain internships, primarily during the summer, because they provide invaluable professional experience. Many students have one or more internships before graduation. Almost all students seeking internships in their respective fields are able to obtain employment. Only students majoring in advertising, broadcasting, journalism and public relations may take internships for credit in their majors.

There are many internships available to all students both for credit and not for credit.

Students should check with the program coordinator for current internship opportunities.

American Society of Newspaper Editors Internships Page:
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Kentucky Press Association

Each summer, the Kentucky Press Association/Kentucky Journalism Foundation and the KPA Associates Division place a minimum of 24 college students in internship positions with newspapers and Associates members.

Students must either be a graduate of a Kentucky high school (if attending college out of state) or a student at a Kentucky college or university. They must have completed the freshman year. There is no stipulation on a specific major or career direction for students to qualify. Students apply to KPA and then host newspapers and companies interview students and select their intern.

National Public Radio

NPR offers internships at its national headquarters in Washington, DC and at the NPR West office in Culver City, CA.

Minority Internships Offered by the Media

Art Peters Program at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Seven minority college students will be selected for a 10-week internship, four in copyediting and three in reporting. After an orientation period, reporting interns are assigned to the metropolitan, business, features or sports desks. Copyediting interns may be assigned to those desks or the national/foreign desk. Interns are paid $573 a week. Students from all college classes are eligible. To apply, send a letter, resume and clips or other work samples to:

Paul Jablow, Director of Internships and Recruiting
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Suite 100
1100 E. Hector St.
Conshohocken PA 19428.

Application deadline is Nov. 15.

Associated Press Summer Minority Internship.

Black Asian American, Native American and Hispanic college juniors seniors and graduate students who are in school full time at the time of application are eligible for his 13 week program. Interns work in one of he AP's domestic bureaus. Students who successfully complete the program will be offered full-time jobs with the AP after graduation. For more information write:

Jack Stokes, Director of Recruiting
The Associated Press
50 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020.

The Blethen Family Internships.

College graduates committed to print journalism who are African American, Asian American, Latino, Native American or Pacific Islanders are eligible for one-year newspaper internships. Applicants should have a strong desire to pursue their career in the Pacific Northwest. Interns spend four months training at each of the following Washington newspapers: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Yakima Herald-Republic and The Seattle Times. Interns are paid and receive housing and medical coverage. For information write to:

The Seattle Times
Newsroom Intern Coordinator
PO Box 70
Seattle, WA 98111

Application deadlines are March 28 Aug 29 and Nov 28.

Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Business Reporting Program.

Up to 12 summer internships will be offered to college minority sophomores and juniors to work as business reporters at daily newspapers. All interns attend a one week pre-internship training program (paid for by the Newspaper Fund and participating newspapers) before beginning their internships. Interns are paid regular wages by the newspapers where they work. Interns returning to school will receive $1 000 scholarships. Applications are available beginning Aug. 15 from:

Dow Jones Newspaper Fund
P.O. Box 300
Princeton, NJ 08543-0300

Information is also available at:

Application deadline is Nov. 15.

Hispanic Link News Service Internships/National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Two internships will be awarded to Hispanics aspiring to be journalists. Applicants will be judged on basic writing skills (emphasis on English language) journalistic potential and commitment to pursuing journalism as a career Interns will cover all branches of the federal establishment with special focus on activities that affect the nation's Hispanics. Internships carry a $18,000 annual salary. Apply in the spring and fall to:

Charles Ericksen
Hispanic Link News Service
1420 N St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
202-234-0280; Fax: 202-234-4090

Kaiser Media Internships in Urban Health Reporting.

Nine summer internships are offered by six major metropolitan newspapers and three TV stations to young minority journalists or journalism graduates interested in reporting on urban public health issues. Interns are selected by the papers/TV stations Interns attend a one-week briefing on urban public health issues and health reporting at the National Press Foundation before beginning the internships. Interns receive a 12 week stipend, travel and project expenses. For information write to:

Penny Duckham, Executive Director
Kaiser Media Fellowships Program
Kaiser Family Foundation
2400 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
415-854-9400; Fax 415-854-4800

Landmark Communications Inc Minority Internships.

Eight one-year internships are open to minorities who have completed their undergraduate work. Positions are available for news and sports reporters, copy editors, graphic artists and photographers. The program is designed to train participants for full-time employment at one of the 40 Landmark newspapers. Interns spend four months a each of three Landmark papers. During the internship, trainees receive the same benefits as other employees. A $300 moving allowance is paid between the second and third moves. The interns may be hired to full-time positions at any point during the scheduled training program. Most trainees will find employment at The Virginian Pilot; Roanoke Times; or Greensboro NC) News & Record Reporting interns must have automobiles. Clips are considered when making the selections. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and samples of work to:

Marvin Lake, Recruiting
Landmark Communications, Inc.
150 W. Brambleton Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Modesto Bee Minority Intern Program.

Students who have completed at least their junior year in college with either basic journalism training or newspaper experience should apply by Dec. 30 to intern the following year. Assignments are made based on skills and energy shown by the applicants; internships are available during the summer. Applicants should send a cover letter outlining their career goals, a complete resume, five work samples and names of at least three professional references to:

Sandels LaMont
The Modesto Bee
P O. Box 5256
Modesto, CA 95352.

Interns usually work 12 weeks and receive $420 per week.

National Association of Black Journalists Summer Journalism Internships.

Minority undergraduate sophomores and juniors enrolled in an accredited four year college or university who are majoring in journalism or planning a career in the field are eligible to apply. Paid internships are 10 weeks during the summer at newspapers, magazines, and radio and television stations. For program details and application requirements write after Aug. 1 to:

Internship Coordinator
3100 Taliaferro Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-7717.

Apply by Nov. 1.

NPR's Next Generation Radio Project

In partnership with minority journalist organizations, NPR member stations and the Collegiate Broadcasters Inc., NPR coordinates and leads week-long training sessions bringing professional producers, editors, and reporters together with college students interested in radio and journalism. Those who are competitively selected for these projects will report and produce their own radio stories after participation in teaching sessions on recording techniques, writing, voice and on-air presentation, and audio production.

The Oregonian Minority Internship Program.

Minority journalists with a commitment to a career in newspaper journalism are eligible for this two-year internship that combines practical experience with professional mentoring in specialized areas. Midway through the second year, interns may apply for any staff openings available at The Oregonian. For application information, write to:

Kay Balmer, Recruiting Director
Minority Internship Program
The Oregonian
1320 S.W. Broadway
Portland, OR 97201 503-221-8039


The Oregonian offers a newsroom internship program and recruits nationally for the summer internship program.

  Deadline: Postmarked by DEC. 1, 2011, FOR SUMMER 2012. Address to:

The Oregonian Newsroom
1320 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
Attention: Summer Internship Program 2012
Philadelphia Daily News Internships.

Open to minority college students with good academic records and same journalistic experience. Interns work during the summer as artists, copy editors in news or sports or as reporters in news, sports, features or business and earn $500 a week.To apply, send a resume, work samples and the names of three references to :

Michael Days, Assistant Managing Editor
Philadelphia Daily News
400 N. Broad St.
P.O. Box 7788
Philadelphia, PA 19101.

Application deadline is Nov. 30.

Society of Environmental Journalists Fellowship Program for Journalists of Color.

These travel fellowships for working journalists will underwrite airfare, shared lodging and registration to SEJ's national conference. Application deadline is mid July, 1998 for the 1998 conference in Chattanooga, Tenn. For information and an application form, write to:

SEJ Office
P.O. Box 27280
Philadelphia, PA 19118
215-836-9970; Fax: 215-836-9972

Star Publications Minority Internships.

Open to students who have completed their junior year in college and have a major or minor concentration in journalism. Internship length and time will be based on the needs of Star Publications and the college or university. The paid internship will include supervised training and experience in a variety of reporting and photojournalism skills. Interested students should write to:

Dennis W. Shook Sr., Human Resources Manager
Star Publications
6901 W. 1 59th St.
Tinley Park, IL 60477.

Charles M. Anderson Public Broadcasting Fellowship in radio news & television production

Fellows will gain an in-depth exposure to the professional environment of Western's Public Broadcasting, working side-by-side with some of the best broadcast professionals in the nation.

Fellows will be enrolled in BCOM 491 Internship in Broadcasting: a 3 credit hour course. The Fellowship will pay for the tuition for the course (in-state rate) and pay an hourly rate per hour for the 240 hours of work necessary to meet the course requirements, plus a cash stipend. Fall deadline TBA for 2012-13 academic year.

Eligibility requirements: Minimum GPA - 3.2, 18 hours completed in their major in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting, Current resume, An application narrative, A portfolio submission, 3 letters of recommendation, Practical exam of demonstrated professional skills, FAFSA on file at WKU.

Fellowship Websites:

Pulliam Journalism Fellowship Indy Star:

National Public Radio/ Kroc Fellowships:

Kroc Fellowships were established to identify and develop a new generation of extraordinary journalists for the public radio system.

The Stone and Holt Weeks Fellowship
The Fellowship was created in memory of Stone and Holt Weeks by NPR and The Washington Post following their tragic deaths in 2009. Designed to give a promising individual the opportunity to launch a career in journalism, the fellowship consists of two sessions: 12 weeks at The Washington Post followed by 12 weeks at NPR in Washington, DC, to learn how to report for print, web, and radio.  The deadline is April 30, 2012 for the 2012-13 academic year.

Above the Fray Fellowship
NPR and the John Alexander Project have collaborated to launch the Above the Fray Fellowship, a joint international reporting fellowship designed to give a promising journalist the opportunity to cover important but under-reported stories from a location abroad.

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