Internships: Sept. 1, 2016

Dear students:

There are a number of internship events in the next two months that require an RSVP, and there is a good list of internships after the details of these events below. But first, an important note:

I’ve been informed by TV recruiters that job applicants all have to take drug tests and if you fail the test, it is a life-long ban for that company – so if you apply to an NBC affiliate in a small town and fail the drug test, you’ll never work for any NBC station. They do not usually test interns, but your motto should be better safe than sorry. Marijuana lasts in your system for at least 14 days, even if you are just standing in a room where people are lighting up and breathing in that second-hand smoke. Here are sites you can use to explore the implications of drug use and your chance of jobs. Be smart.

•  OHS timeline of how long drugs and alcohol stay in your system.

•  And another timeline of duration of drugs in system.

•  And finally, the Pass Your Drug test timeline.

And now: Fall events!

Pizza and Portfolios: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 5 to 7 p.m., beginning in the Reading Room. Join local media for a brief panel on working in journalism and PR and then have your résumé’s, clips, broadcast reels, multimedia packages and cover letters critiqued. If you are a senior graduating in December or a student hoping to get an internship at the Fall Internship Fair, attending Pizza and Portfolios should be a high priority. (Please note: All students are encouraged to attend Pizza and Portfolios, but only students who have completed JOUR 205 or are currently enrolled in that course can attend the Internship Fair.) RSVP required for this event. RSVP here, making sure you follow all the directions on the page.

USA TODAY NETWORK recruiting with Aric Johnson. Thursday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Minimum requirements: Completion of JOUR 306, 307 and 320A. Prefer you have completed at least one internship, but if you’ve worked for the Wildcat/Aztec Press and done well, you should apply. You must have a professor recommendation to apply for this, so email a professor and get that email saying they vouched for you to apply. The USA TODAY NETWORK is seeking a range of intern and entry-level candidates. Specifically, they are also looking to talk to students interested in summer 2017 internships at USA Today, the Indianapolis Star, Naples (Florida) Daily News, and other news operations. They are also looking for entry-level digital/print candidates graduating in December seeking jobs in the network’s more than 100 news operations. These candidates should have one more of these skills: write and report breaking news and enterprise stories, shoot and edit video, analyze audiences or create and manage web pages. Sign up for an interview time here. And make sure Renee or a faculty member sees your resume and cover letter at least a week before Oct. 6 event.

PAC-12 Networks’ TV Production Student Training Program; 8 to 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 21.  Excellent opportunity for freshmen and sophomores. This training event is a networking event that does not guarantee a paid position but often leads to one. PAC-12 is looking for Red Hats/Time-Out Coordinators, Runners, Stage Managers, Spotters, Statisticians, Utilities and camera operators. This is an excellent chance to get your foot in the door with the Pac-12. You do not need to have any experience. Read about it all here, but sign up here. Once you’ve signed up, Pac-12 will be in touch with further details.  

Fall Internship Fair: Friday, Oct. 21, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Must have completed or be currently enrolled in JOUR 205 to attend. Exceptions made for students with at least a year’s experience/clips from the Wildcat or Aztec Press. Recruiters are still being finalized. Once they are, a link to sign up for interviews will be sent to students. Get your résumés, cover letters, and writing samples prepared in both print and digital formats (PDFs) now, because many recruiters want to see those items about a week before the fair.


REMEMBER: The titles are hyperlinked to the internship information.

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.

Filament Marketing Communications and Marketing Internship UNPAID

Deadline: Sept. 16. Madison, Wisconsin. Looking for juniors and seniors with an interest and experience in agricultural/science writing.

Don Bolles Reporting Fellowship, Spring 2016 PAID

DEADLINE: Oct. 1, noon. Spend the spring semester in Phoenix covering the legislature for Arizona Sonora News and earn up to 12 units of upper-division credit at no cost to you. Students get a $4000 stipend and tuition for the spring semester’s units (the aforementioned 12 units) is waived.  The Fellowship honors the memory of Don Bolles, a reporter for the Arizona Republic who was assassinated in 1976 while reporting on organized crime in the state. Requirements: One-page statement on why you want this Fellowship, three writing samples and a résumé. Submit entire packet to Professor Joe Sharkey by noon on October 1. Dr. Terry Wimmer will be your supervisor and edit all of the stories in the spring.  For any more information, please contact Dr. Wimmer at twimmer@email.arizona.eduand put “Bolles Fellowship” in the subject line.

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:

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. 1. Looking 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. Information and application here.

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 sports journalism 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 College Fix Internship at National Review Online. PAID

DEADLINE: Rolling. Paid journalism internships every spring, summer and fall at leading news outlets in Washington D.C. – including USA Today, National Review, The Hill, Examiner, Real Clear Politics, Weekly Standard, and many more.Working remotely can be arranged. For more information visit the application link here.

Seattle Times Summer 2017 internship PAID

Deadline: Nov. 15 (but apply sooner!) See this flyer for the very specific application process. They have internships in news, investigation, sports, graphics, copy-editing, photojournalism and digital interactives. 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

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 to 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.

Note about the interactive calendar and excel spreadsheet I sent out last week: Please remember that the instructions sent with them explained that some of the deadline pages may be listing dates for summer 2106. Simply make sure you note when the deadline was for summer 2016 because the deadline for summer 2017 will be the same time – or earlier – and then go back to that link closer to the deadline for the updated summer application, or search “name of the company, internship, summer 2017. If you’re still having trouble, come see me.

Note about any and all things NBCUniversal: All listings and application information is here. It is a frustrating website, but there is no way around it. In many cases, deadlines for applications are not listed. I spoke to a recruiter and she said to assume applying early is best. The major NY and West Coast summer internships will be noted as such. Local internships may not say when they are. Bookmark this page and check it often if interested in these broadcast internships.


Renée Schafer Horton, Coordinator

Internship and Career Development

School of Journalism, University of Arizona

Louise Foucar Marshall Bldg., Room 323A

Tucson, AZ 85721-0158


HOURS: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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