Internships: Aug. 18, 2016

Renée Schafer Horton, Internship Coordinator

Aug. 18, 2016

Dear students,

I hope you had a wonderful summer! I know you are technically still on break, but I hope you’re slowly awakening from your summer slumber and checking email. This is the first of the weekly internship listserv messages you’ll receive in 2016-17, and there is a ton of information here. There are still internships in Tucson or at UA for the fall (at least 12 positions at a variety of places), including one at a new downtown radio station and another at a new public access TV station. So, go get your coffee, soda, tea and eye drops so you can make it through this info-dump. Statistics have shown that students who read this listserv message and act on the information within have an 85 percent better chance of getting an internship than students who don’t read it.  (There are no statistics about students who bring me Godiva chocolate having a better chance at internships, but thank you to those of you who have!)

Some important reminders:

  • October is recruiting season for the majority of the prestige, paid summer 2017 internships, including the Chips Quinn Scholars and Dow Jones News Fund positions. Juniors and seniors, this is your time to shine. So, start developing your application plan now so you have time to get letters of recommendation and time to revise your resume and cover letters after I or faculty members are helpful with our red pens. You can play in November!
  • Most of the titles in these listings are hyperlinked to the internship information and application page. Those that are not hyperlinked have the application information in the description. Read carefully. Click cautiously. Check the attachments below.
  • If you see an internship for the fall or the spring and it is out-of-state, you can still do it. Simply meet with Paloma, the School’s academic advisor, to discuss your options for taking a semester off. You can make appointments with Paloma (and me) through the Wise Advising Calendar.
  •  Local internships are usually first on the list, and I try to list all internships by date. Deadlines within the next three weeks are highlighted in yellow. Archives of prior listings are on the School of Journalism website.
  • Internships are followed by scholarships and awards you can apply for, then resources/tips. Those who read, learn and, possibly, earn!
  • Working for the Wildcat or UATV is the best way to get your foot in the door of journalism and the best way to get clips to help you get an internship. UATV is still looking for student reporters. (Details below.)
  • If you are especially interested in working for magazines, please bookmark this website and check it frequently, as various magazines post application deadlines for jobs and internships weekly:
  • Attached below find a 2016-17 School of Journalism career/internship event calendar. Get those dates on your personal calendars now and arrange for time off from work if needed.
  • The coordinator for internships and career counseling (that’s me!) is a part-time position. That means I am only in the office Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Always check the Wise Advising Calendar to see when I’m available and know that if you send me a resume for critique on a Thursday night, it most likely won’t get looked at until Tuesday morning. Plan accordingly.

And now, drum roll……



Arizona Public Media UA + fall content producer UNPAID

DEADLINE: Aug. 26. Seeking student intern to be a multi-platform content producer for a Web/TV program by and about the University of Arizona called UA+. A content producer for UA+ will research story ideas, schedule, shoot and conduct interviews. This includes writing scripts for UA+ segments. For more details about qualifications and applying, see the “UA+ Producer” attachment in this email.


Arizona Public Media UA+ fall social media intern UNPAID

DEADLINE: Aug. 26. This is a is a student-run, web-first program that produces content about and for the University of Arizona Community. UA+ is seeking a student intern who is interested in pursuing a career in marketing and promotion through social media. For more details about qualifications and applying, see the “Internship Social Media AZPM” attachment in this email.


The University of Arizona Health Sciences’ Medical Television and Teleconferencing. PAID

DEADLINE: Aug. 26. Open until filled. Looking for student workers for the 2016 Fall semester. The student worker(s) will assist with the daily productions, live broadcasts, and technical assistance of teleconferences throughout the medical campus. Students will be taught how to direct live broadcasts using television production switchers (TriCaster & Broadcast Pix), routing and webmaster duties such as how to set up live broadcasts, maintain streaming website, maintain metadata, edit and upload videos to the webpage, iTunes, Panopto and so on. Students may be subjected to medically graphic images. Students must be able to work independently, think on their feet, troubleshoot technical problems, lift at least 30 pounds and stand for long periods of time. Send your resume and fall class schedule to Michelle Bauer at


Sierra Vista Herald freelance sports reporters PAID

DEADLINE: Aug. 26. Looking for reporters to cover high school football for the Herald this coming fall. Email resume and clips with to See attachment re: pay rates


The Institute of the Environment Is Hiring Students PAID
DEADLINE: Aug. 26. IE is seeking an undergraduate or graduate environmental science writer to write press releases and feature articles on environmental research and activities. Pay is 10–$12/hour depending on experience.


Downtown Radio Tucson intern UNPAID

DEADLINE: Aug. 26 – Sept. 2. This new radio station covers the mental-health beat, primarily, in addition to spinning records. It is looking for interns who can “do everything” and is willing to train what you cannot do. Responsibilities include: Edit underwriting text, write press releases, write/develop content for website/social media, maintaining a google calendar that keeps track of DJs and helping with Downtown Radio events. This internship is unpaid, but has the potential to develop into a part-time or full-time job. Apply to Jason LeValley at with a resume, writing clips and letter of interest. Make sure you listen to the station before applying.


Creative Tucson “News at 6 on 20” show intern. UNPAID

DEADLINE: Aug. 29. We are looking for students to commit to semester long internships to put on a 30 minute news show at 6PM every day. We need writers, producers, camera operators and on-camera personalities and most of all: hard workers, dedicated to attempting to do something that rarely gets done well. This setup will be a great opportunity for students to increase their news writing skills, get real-world on-camera experience and gain video production skills while getting material for their reels and resumes. If you are interested in applying, contact Danny Vinik at and mention you saw this ad on the listserv. Attach your resume. For more info about Creative Tucson, see this:


UATV student journalists PAID

DEADLINE: ASAP.  UATV is the University of Arizona's premiere student broadcast television station producing all original media content specified towards the U of A. UATV broadcasts live throughout the dorms while covering in depth stories happening around campus. UATV reporter are responsible for covering news, sports, and entertainment. We are also hiring production staff. 

To apply for a position at UATV, email General Manager Chris Delgado.


SBS Tech Services Multimedia Team UNPAID

DEADLINE: Aug. 29. The multimedia team at SBS Tech Services is looking for three interns for the Fall 2016 semester. The openings are:  Creative WriterVideographer/Photographer &Editor, and Graphic and Motion Graphics Designer (Animator). Please see attached descriptions for more information. The positions are worth 1 credit (8h/per week). To apply review the submission requirements and meet application deadline. 


Anne Kirpatrick’s Senate campaign intern UNPAID

DEADLINE: Aug. 29. Interns will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience in event building and planning, community outreach, political research, and organizing.  No prior experience necessary!  To apply please send your resume with the contact information of two references to Eric at


Fan Media remote internship. UNPAID

DEADLINE: August 25. Must have iPhone. During September and October, interns will work about three hours/daily over 56 days. This will be field work for mobile, video journalism covering Wildcat football before, during and after games, around campus, at practice and at media events. Fan Media app is a social news company that is building a network of iPhone video correspondents and media analysts for the top 250 NFL, NCAA, NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS teams across N. America (Patent Pending). Interns (correspondents) will provide 30-second iPhone videos covering their college football team on a weekly basis, including: news reporting, commentary, criticism, analysis, fan interviews, moments, trending topics, and public opinion. Fan Media Network will provide a correspondent kit with best practices for production quality and editorial direction. Students will learn mobile video journalism as social news in the field, get on-camera, cover high-profile sports news, build their mobile demo reel and get into the Feeds of Facebook and twitter as organized and professional social news coverage. Videos can be shared from the app by fans onto Facebook and twitter as well as Fan Media’s social brand pages. Apply by installing the app, and making one video 30-second or less video about your college football team. It can be a season preview video or any of the ideas listed above. We will contact you in the app from our Newsroom to set you up from there. Or you can email but the process is quicker as listed above. Here is an example video of a social news story on a college campus. Fan Media Network. Questions? Contact: Kent Koons, Media Manager, Fan Media Network Inc. at


The Tab, Remote internship, fall. UNPAID

Deadline: Sept. 2. Must have minimum 3.2 GPA. The Tab is an ambitious and rigorous remote internship that teaches talented students how to write and report to a high level. Fellows work remotely on stories with our professional editors in New York, who have written for Newsweek, VICE and The Guardian. They write three stories per month, varying from breaking news to long-form interviews, and they are given extensive guidance and training on how to execute those formats and how to produce stories to a professional standard. Participants also learn about media law, journalistic ethics and other areas of knowledge that will help them in their writing. Tab Fellows communicate with our team of paid editors in New York at least weekly, during which their performance is assessed and they are given feedback on their stories and how they can improve. The Tab Fellowship is a proven training path for young writers and journalists - its best participants have broken stories that have been covered in The New York Times, BuzzFeed and the Washington Post and many have taken jobs in the media upon graduation. To apply, please complete the following form:                                                                   


Bitch Media Fellowship. PAID

DEADLINE: Sept. 15. Great for December grads! Independent, nonprofit feminist media organization now in its 20th year offers three-month intensive writing fellowships whose goal is to develop, support, and amplify emerging, diverse voices in feminist, activist, and pop-culture media. We seek fellows who are passionate, engaged, and interested in developing their unique voices for these four fellowships, each of which pay a stipend of $2,000 for the three-month period. This is not a full-time position, but an independent fellowship designed for writers who want to develop confident, well-rounded voices and are particularly interested in feminist criticism and mission-driven journalism. Fellows may be based globally, and U.S. citizenship or residence is not required to be a fellow. Applications must be submitted through our submission manager: see info in link above.


Arizona Capitol Television Legislative Broadcast Internship PAID

Deadline: Oct. 14, 5:00 p.m. Mountain time to Renée’s office.

Arizona Capitol Television is offering several paid internships to qualified college students during the 2017 spring semester. These broadcast internships give students a rare opportunity to gain an insiders' understanding of the Arizona State Legislature and legislative process while developing their television production, journalism and communication skills in a professional work environment. Interns work full-time at the State Capitol in Phoenix (January-May) producing video coverage of legislative proceedings for the Internet and cable television. They earn a paycheck, a tuition waiver for the semester and up to 12 hours of upper division class credits. Students living outside of Maricopa County may also qualify for partial reimbursement of travel expenses. Watch a video produced by prior interns here: and remote interns. UNPAID

DEADLINE: Not listed. Focus is on movies, television, music, listicles and celebrities. We are really looking for students that have original ideas and can work independently for our online program. Excitement over interviews and social media conversations, especially via music reviews, is a big part of what we're looking for in interns. To apply
Please make sure students have contact information on their resumes. I have seen an increase in resumes lacking even basic information like name and email address. Questions? Angela Corry




Chips-Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism PAID

Deadline: Oct. 1. The Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism offers students hands-on training and mentoring by caring news veterans. More than 1,300 men and women have been named Chips Quinn Scholars since 1991, making it the largest and most enduring diversity initiative of the Newseum Institute. Internships are currently offered in spring and summer. College juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates with majors in journalism or career goals in journalism are eligible to apply. The program, operated by the Newseum Institute and funded by the Freedom Forum, matches qualified candidates with participating news organizations from across the country for 10- to 12-week paid internships. Selected scholars participate in an intense, one-week orientation/multimedia training workshop at the John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville, Tenn., in preparation for their internships. The training in Nashville is paid for by the Newseum Institute.


Atlanta Journal-Constitution PAID

Deadline: Oct. 1Looking for current juniors or seniors for reporting, data reporting, data visualization and photojournalist positions.


BuzzFeed Emerging Writers Fellowship. PAID ($12,000 a four-month fellowship in spring)

Deadline: Oct. 1. During the four-month program, the writers in this fellowship will benefit from career mentorship and editorial guidance while also receiving financial support. The learning process must be financially viable for emerging writers if it is intended to open the gates to writers traditionally locked out of opportunities in media.


The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship. PAID.

Deadline: Oct. 11. Part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and storytelling in one, two, or three countries on a globally significant theme. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society. Storytellers publish stories on the Fulbright-National Geographic Stories blogVery good for graduate students.


Science News Internship PAID

Deadline: Oct. 14 for spring placement; Jan. 15 for summer placement.


Denver Post Summer 2017 Internship PAID

Deadline: Oct. 31. Editors choose interns in news and features reporting, photography and design. Go to link to get details on application requirements. Must have had a prior internship and/or a couple years at the Wildcat.


High Country News Internships & Fellowships PAID (really well!)

Deadline: Nov. 1. For students graduating in December. For all of our positions, a bachelor's degree or equivalent and some prior journalism experience and/or education is preferred. We also prefer applicants who are familiar withHigh Country News and who have lived in the West and know its environmental and community issues. Photographic experience and familiarity with audio and visual programs such as Final Cut Pro and Flash, as well as radio or video experience are all pluses. We strongly encourage Native American journalists, Hispanic journalists and those from other under-represented backgrounds to apply. Our fellowship is designed for journalists with experience that may preclude them from an internship and who may have something extra, in terms of experience, to bring to High Country News. For info and application go to hyperlink above.


Dow Jones News Fund Summer Internships PAID

Deadline: Nov. 1. Provides free pre-internship seminars and weekly salaries for at least 10 weeks. Students are assigned to media based on academic performance, DJNF copy-editing scores and news outlet requests. Interns who return to college full-time receive $1,000 scholarships. If you got an A in JOUR 320 (editing) you should take advantage of this opportunity because completing on of these internships can greatly increase your job chances post-graduation.Practice tests and workshops from Prof. Sharkey will be announced within the first two weeks of school. Questions, please email Professor Sharkey at


Pulliam Journalism Fellowship PAID

Deadline: Nov. 1. College juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible. Previous newspaper journalism internships and/or experience as a journalist on a college newspaper are preferred. You need to be committed to a career in news journalism. You must have reliable transportation and arrange for your own housing. We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity among its journalism fellows. This is a paid fellowship at The Indianapolis Star or The Arizona Republic, Gannett Co. newspapers. Please note: The Arizona Republic representative comes to the School of Journalism Internship Fair.


Star-Tribune Media Company PAID

Deadline: Nov. 1 (application opens Oct. 1). Most successful applicants have completed their junior year in college, worked for a college news outlet AND interned with at least one other professional daily news organization.


Sports Journalism Institute PAID

Deadline: Nov. 2. Ten student journalists will be selected. Ideally, applicants should be college sophomores or juniors. Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated interest in sportsjournalism as a career and excellence on the required essay. The Institute is designed to attract talented students to journalism through opportunities in sports reporting and editing and enhance racial and gender diversity in sports departments of newspapers nationwide. The program will begin with one week of classes at Missouri University in Columbia, Mo. and eight weeks of professional experience at a paid internship in the sports department of a daily newspaper in the U.S., and a $500 scholarship upon successful completion of the program for students returning to college.


The Austin (TX) Chronicle. UNPAID

The Austin Chronicle offers unpaid internships in the spring, summer, and fall semesters. School credit available, and hours are flexible. Interns will be paired with one or more departments (News, Music, Food, Arts & Culture, Screens, and Social Media), work closely with editors, and gain first-hand experience with print and digital newsroom operations. Applicants should send a cover letter, three writing samples (journalism or academic), and a résumé Please include in your cover letter your background, interests, and preferred department. See hyperlink above for deadlines for different semesters.


Thompson Reuters 2017 internship PAID

DEADLINE: Dec. 1. Thompson Reuters offers talented students and graduates with a strong background in journalism an opportunity to learn at the world's largest international multimedia news provider. Our paid internships are a crash course in hands-on business, political and general news reporting. Interns will receive formal training before they start work. Every intern will report to a senior editor and be assigned a journalist mentor who will be available to provide advice and guidance. Internships last for 10 weeks and most will begin in early June 2017. Internships are available in many Reuters Americas bureaus. Apply at link in headline.




The Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE)

DEADLINE: Late Spring 2017. Check website often. Offers four $1,500 scholarships for collegiate sports journalists annually to help motivate talented students to pursue a career in sports journalism. Collegiate sports journalists entering their sophomore, junior or senior years are eligible for the scholarship which will awarded based on the students' journalistic work, their academic record, financial need, and geography. The winners will be chosen by the APSE scholarship committee, which is chaired by Joe Sullivan, sports editor of the Boston Globe and includes editors from all sections of the United States. See website for application details.


Felix Morely Journalism Competition

Prizes up to $2,500 awarded to full-time college, university, or high school students age 25 or younger. Selection is based upon demonstrated ability, potential for development as a writer, and appreciation of classical liberal principles evidenced in submitted publications. Deadline: December 1.


Eric Breindel College and University Journalism Award

Given to undergraduate student whose work work best reflects "Love of country and its democratic institutions as well as the act of bearing witness to the evils of totalitarianism." Winner gets $10,000, paid internship at either Fox News Channel or the New York Post and residential housing in New York City. Deadline: April 27

McGrady/Allard Science Journalism Travel Grant

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing occasionally makes funds available to aspiring science journalists (including those in graduate science writing programs) to help underwrite the costs of travel to other major science meetings. Deadline: varies.


Mark of Excellence Awards

Annual contest by Society of Professional Journalists honors best collegiate journalism in 39 categories for print, radio, television, and online media. Regional and national awards given. Deadline: January 23.


Vada and Colonel Barney Oldfield National Security Reporting Fellowship

$1,000 award for electronic journalists with 10 years of less experience recognizes excellence in coverage of national defense and security issues by a reporter or producer. Deadline: May 12.


College Photographer of the Year

The annual contest "recognizes outstanding work of students currently working toward a degree." The winner receives the $1,000 Col. William Lookadoo award, the $500 Milton Freier award and a paid 14-week internship with National Geographic magazine. Deadline: October 1.


The David W. Miller Award for Student Journalists

$2,500 award given annually to undergraduates who published journalistic articles in a campus publication on a topic of intellectual interest. Examples include a new trend, discovery, or theory; an important scholarly debate; an issue with both scholarly and public-policy implications; or a researcher who is as interesting as his or her scholarship. Deadline: June 1.


Rolling Stone's Annual College Journalism Competition

$2,500 awards given annually to college students in various categories: Entertainment Reporting (reporting on popular music, film or television, including artist profiles and interviews), Feature Writing (stylishly written narratives and profiles that illuminate issues and trends), and Essays and Criticism (commentary, including expressions of opinion and humor, on any subject). The editors of Rolling Stone judge the entries. Deadline: June 15.


The Livingston Awards for Young Journalists

$10,000 prize given to print, broadcast and online journalists ages 35 and younger for local, national and international reporting. Deadline: February 1.


Peter R. Weitz Prize

$5,000 prize for journalists ages 35 and younger who are covering European issues for U.S. newspapers and magazines, whether they are correspondents based in Europe or cover Europe from the United States. Deadline: February 28.


Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards

Known as the "Poor People's Pulitzers" within the press arena, these prizes are awarded to high school, college, professional and international journalists in the categories of print, radio, TV, photography and editorial cartoons. They honor "the outstanding reporting of the lives and strife of disadvantaged people throughout the world." Deadline: January 30.


The Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award For Young Science Journalists

Award given to journalists ages 30 and under who have pulished articles on any field of science (biology, health, math, computers, science policy, etc.). Winner receives $1,000 and expenses to attend the annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers and the New Horizons briefing of the Concil for the Advancement of Science Writing. Deadline: June 30.


David S. Barr Awards

$500 prize for a high school entrant and a $1,500 prize for the college winner in recognition of "reporting that promotes issues of importance to working people and that contributes to the pursuit of justice and fairness." Deadline: last Friday of January.


Robert Novak Collegiate Journalism Award

College journalists can win up to $5,000 and trip to Washington, D.C., for stories they published for a school publication or website. Deadline: April 15.


U.K. Student Media Awards

University students in the United Kingdom can enter a variety of categories: Reporter of the year, writer of the year, photographer of the year, broadcast journalist of the year, digital journalist of the year or publication of the year. Winners will receive internships at the Guardian or a blogging stint at popular music magazine NME. Deadline: July.


Scottish Student Press Awards

University students in Scotland can apply for the annual Scottish Student Press Awards. Awards given in several categories, including news writing, feature writing, sports writing, multimedia, photography and others. The grand prize winner, the Student Journalist of the Year, will receive a four-week internship at the Scotland Herald during the summer of 2010 and a cash prize of £500. Deadline: April.


Charles M. Schulz Award for College Cartoonist

Open to any undergraduate student cartoonist whose cartoons were published in print or online by a college newspaper or college magazine in the U.S. or its territories. Winner receives trophy and $10,000. Deadline: January 30.


Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition

Awards nine aspiring journalists a 10-day guided study tour to Japan. Deadline: February.


"Write into Gear" automotive journalism competition

Annual competition for aspiring automotive journalists is open to any United Kingdom resident who is 18+ years old. Top winner gets 3-month paid summer internship at Auto Express magazine. Deadline: February.


AAEC/John Locher Memorial Award

Annual award recognizes best editorial cartoonist in college. Open to undergraduate student cartoonists from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Winner receives a personalized plaque and an expense-paid trip to the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists convention. Deadline: March 15.



Social media can be a huge help. Tips from UA Career Services:

  • On LinkedIn, search for companies that interest you and follow them to get updates. Search for J-School alums and alums from your undergraduate institution. If you do have connections, you can ask your contacts to help you arrange informational interviews. You may also find Groups that relate to your companies of interest.
  • LinkedIn for Journalists is extremely valuable: for the price of an hour of your time to listen to the free webinar, you'll get a year's subscription to Premium service, which allows you to search anonymously and see third-party connections. 
  • On Twitter, search for companies of interest, and follow employees of that company to get a better idea of what it's like to work there. You can also find aggregated tweets of journalists who work at particular companies by going to and selecting from companies in the left margin.
  • On Facebook, look to see whether the places you work have their own pages, and like them. Sometimes you can also find the Facebook pages of individual journalists.
  • Also, let your professors, former employers and colleagues, classmates, your mentors and Career Services know what you're looking for. Networking is essential! Numerous professional journalism organizations will further your efforts: see networking links.

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Renée Schafer Horton, Coordinator

Internship and Career Development

School of Journalism, University of Arizona

Louise Foucar Marshall Bldg., Room 323A

Tucson, AZ 85721-0158


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