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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 
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
The Seattle Times Newsroom Summer Internships

The Seattle Times offers paid summer internships to outstanding students pursuing a career in journalism. For 10 weeks, interns work on varied assignments and attend weekly training sessions with members of a Pulitzer Prize-winning staff. Interns receive a skill-development plan and work with a staff mentor to achieve it. 

Internships are open to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students attending a four-year college or university.

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

The SNPA Minority Internship Program

The Southern Newspaper Publishers Association awards $2,500 each to three of its member newspapers for the purpose of establishing summer internships for students who are racial minorities. The full $2,500 is to be used to pay an intern for a nine-week period beginning in June.

Candidates for the minority internship program should have completed their sophomore year in college by the spring quarter, and should be potential candidates for full-time employment at the newspaper following graduation from an accredited college or university.

The purpose of the SNPA Internship Program is to work with SNPA newspapers to develop and retain more minority newspaper employees in every department.

For further information on eligibility and on how to apply, visit scholarship-directory/state/ The-SNPA-Minority-Internship- Program-90223/.


Emma L. Bowen Foundation

The Emma L. Bowen Foundation offers paid internships in the media industry for college-aged students of color. Opportunities are available for all functions & departments in media companies for high school seniors and college students of color. For further information visit  or contact:

Sandra D. Rice 
SVP, National Recruitment 
Emma L. Bowen Foundation 
30 Rockefeller Plaza 
(Campus 1221 Avenue of the Americas #28A41) 
New York, NY 10112 
Telephone (212) 664-3486


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.


The Blethen Family Newspaper Internship

A one-year internship is offered to outstanding minority journalism students through The Seattle Times and its affiliate newspapers in Washington. To apply, the individual must be a minority graduate student interested in pursuing a career in print journalism in the Pacific Northwest.


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 from:

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

Information is also available at: and

Application deadline is Nov. 3.


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 to:

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

Visit for more information. 


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 deadline to apply for summer 2016 is Nov. 1, 2015.


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 Deadlines:

Jan. 1 to apply for the Summer internship. 
May 15 for the Fall.
Nov. 30 for the Spring.

Visit for more information.


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

The Star Internship Program is ideal for undergraduates to test their abilities on genuine business challenges and to be exposed to real work responsibilities. It is open to all Malaysian students who have the ability to converse in English and Bahasa Malaysia and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. For more information, visit 


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. Applications will be available in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting main office MMTH 216 and are due in February. 

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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