New listings/events: Internships

Renée Schafer Horton,
Internship Coordinator

Aug. 21, 2019

Dear journalism students:

Welcome to the first Internship listserv of fall 2019!  I hope you all had a great summer and are ready for the new school year. I’ve heard it will be spectacular. J

TODAY’S listserv is being sent on Wednesday because we have a faculty/staff retreat tomorrow so the office is closed, but normally, the Internship Listserv will be sent every Thursday afternoon. Current you wants to sleep in and skip reading email, but Future You will thank you for reading this every Thursday.

This listserv is arranged the same way each week:

·        Announcements (if needed; usually only at the beginning of the semester)

·        Upcoming Events and sign-ups for them

·        Featured/Recommended internships

·        All internships currently taking applications

·        Tips/recommended reading (today includes a piece on negotiating your first salary)

So, let’s get going!


1.      New students – welcome! Old students --- please welcome the new students you see!

2.      My days at the J. School are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4. My office is room 323A. You can view my calendar and make appointments to see me via this link, but feel free to just stop by as well.

3.      UA Career Services is hosting a number of good events this fall, including job fairs and interview prep sessions. Details on the Calendar of Events attachment to this email, and just a note: Make sure you always check attachments sent with these listserv messages for things that aren’t included directly in this message.

4.      Want journalism experience right now? Start with campus media! The Arizona Daily Wildcat, the UA student-run campus newspaper, is accepting applications for all positions until Sept. 1. Photography and reporting positions are unpaid, but design and copy-editing are paid positions. Go to the links below to apply for each position. If you have any questions please email editor Nicholas Trujillo at

Ø  Reporters:  

Ø  Photographer and Videographers:  

Ø  Design:

Ø  Copy Editors:

5.      Have you completed JOUR 205 and want an internship this fall? Tucson Local Media (the Tucson Weekly and five other papers) is still looking for fall interns. Send a resume and three writing clips to Jeff Gardener at by Wed., Aug. 28 – a week from today.

UPCOMING EVENTS – mark that calendar now:

·        Pizza and Portfolios: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 5 to 7 p.m. here in the Marshall building. Open to all students, regardless of year in the major. Bring your resume, cover letter and work samples to have them reviewed one-on-one with faculty members, and hear from students who had good summer internships and/or local media professionals on what they look for in resumes. This is a huge learning and networking opportunity that only comes once a year, so take advantage of it. Free pizza, salad and drinks. RSVP here so we know how much/what type of pizza to get and what kind of work samples you’ll be bringing (print, broadcast reel, photos, etc.). 

·        School of Journalism Fall Internship Fair: Friday, Oct. 25, here in the Marshall building. Open to all students who have completed JOUR 205 or are enrolled in 205 this semester. Local Tucson and Arizona recruiters seeking interns for the spring semester and, in some cases, summer 2020. Sign up link will be sent in late September.


Arizona Capitol Television Legislative Broadcast Internship. PAID

Deadline: Second week of October. This is a great deal. For sophomores, juniors and seniors. Tuition covered for the spring, plus you get about a $5,000 salary and a moving allowance is available if need is demonstrated. You will spend the spring semester in Phoenix covering the legislature and end the semester with contacts and knowledge about law making, feature writing, and broadcasting. You do not need to have any broadcasting experience to do this internship. Interns earn 12 hours of upper division class credits (6 in journalism elective and 6 in political science elective). This should not delay your graduation if you plan correctly. Read about everything here. Questions? Come see Renée.

The Bolles Legislative Reporting Fellowship PAID

Deadline: Second week of October. Exact same deal as the Legislative internship, but you cover the legislature as a print reporter for Arizona Sonora News Service. You work directly with a journalism professor here and professional journalists at the legislature. You will earn a paycheck, a tuition waiver and up to 12 hours of upper division class credits. 3 of which satisfy the JOUR 490F requirement.


Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism PAID
Deadline: Early October The program, operated by the Freedom Forum, matches qualified candidates with participating news organizations from across the country for 10-to-12-week paid internships in the summer. 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 program’s aim is to bring greater diversity to the newsrooms of the United States. College juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates with majors in journalism or career goals in journalism are eligible to apply.


OTHER INTERNSHIPS entertainment and lifestyle internship PAID

Deadline: Applications open continuously. An alum of the UA Communication Department manages the freelancers for POPSUGAR. She’s seeking college students interested in reporting on entertainment (movies and TV), fitness, family dynamics, home and relationships from a local perspective. Students apply by submitting an on-spec piece. If that piece is accepted, students will be paid $50 to $100 per article, depending on reporting and research required. See this information page to decide if you want to do this.


Thompson-Reuters Summer 2020 Internship PAID

Deadline: Oct. 1. Application is open now, and the sooner you apply the better. Internships last for 10 weeks and begin in early June 2020. Most are in our New York and Washington bureaus, but opportunities may also exist in Mexico City, Toronto, San Francisco and Chicago. Applicants must have completed at least two years of university. Competitive candidates will have some prior journalism experience, excellent writing and communication skills, and a background (coursework or reporting) in journalism, economics, business, law, accounting or computer science. They have ambitious journalistic goals and a hunger to develop news-wire reporting skills to meet them. These include working on a tightly knit team covering spot news, contributing collaboratively on deadline and pitching enterprising story ideas. Further details and application at the link above. Know you will need to include the following: Serious candidates should include a cover letter referencing the Reuters reporting they admire most and a relevant reporting idea or two of their own.


Editorial Internship at The Nation (Spring) PAID
Deadline: Oct. 1. Review the requirements at link above. "For more than three decades The Nation Institute, in conjunction with The Nation magazine, has provided an internship program for early-career journalists interested in journalism and publishing."

Atlanta-Journal Constitution Internship PAID
Deadline: Oct. 1 and decision made by Dec. 15.
“The AJC is looking for upper-level college students interested in pursuing a career as a reporter, database specialist or interactive producer. Interns are treated as full-time professional journalists."

Charlotte Observer Summer Internships PAID
Deadline: Oct. 1. "From Day 1 of your internship, you will be welcomed as part of The Charlotte Observer staff. We expect our interns to function as beginning professionals from their first day: that is, to report or shoot video for stories ready to be edited for digital and print publication."

This American Life Fellowships – six months PAID

Deadline: Oct. 1. For December graduates who have radio or podcasting experience. Read all about it at the link above.

Sacramento Bee reporting internship PAID

Deadline: Early October. Application is open now for summer 2020. See details at the link above.


The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship. PAID

Deadline: Oct. 8. 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 blog. Excellent opportunity for graduate students.


Chicago Public Media Internships PAID

Deadline: Early October. Application opens first week of September, check the link above frequently so you don’t miss the application window. Excellent option for December grads! Internships are offered twice a year and last six months: January through the end June and July through December. No summer-only internships. Internships here cater to current journalism students or students who have recently graduated from a journalism or communications program. Potential interns should have had some prior exposure to journalism, either through previous internships or student media. Find out details here, including a nice little article on what makes a winning application! 


Dow Jones News Fund Internship Programs PAID
Deadline: Mid-October “The Dow Jones News Fund college internship programs help competitive juniors, seniors and graduate students jump-start careers in journalism through hands-on internships with leading news organizations. Interns receive one week of rigorous pre-internship training, a weekly salary during the internship and a $1,000 scholarship for those returning to school." The Down Jones internships require that you take a test before applying. Talk to Renee about this.


The Miami Herald Newsroom Internships PAID
Deadline: Oct. 31. "We think internships at the Miami Herald Media Company are among the best in the country. Each year, we offer talented collegiate journalists the opportunity to hone their craft working with the country’s top professionals in the most interesting, diverse and news-intensive city in the United States." See the website for detailed application instructions and note the emphasis on the cover letter.


Austin American Statesman Internships PAID
Deadline: Oct. 31. Summer interns: From a nationwide pool of candidates, we select four full-time interns seeking front-line experience in news, business, features and sports reporting, still and video photography and online content editing. Our program pays $450 a week for 11 weeks, and we provide housing at St. Edward’s University near the newspaper. Our objective is to help interns grow with challenging assignments. In other words, you won't spend your time writing police briefs, taking mug shots and running errands. Last summer, one intern finished with three dozen bylines, three-quarters of which were on the front page or the Metro cover."


Pulliam Journalism Fellowship the Arizona Republic PAID
Deadline: Nov. 1 but you can apply right now!  The recruiter for the Pulliam will be here at the Fall Internship Fair on Nov. 1 to interview students who have turned in their applications online. That will be the chance for students who want to apply to meet the recruiter and turn in work samples. The Pulliam tries to take two interns from UA School of Journalism each year, but you are competing with about 350 applicants across the country for 20 positions. Pay is $650 per week. Transportation and housing are on the intern, but editors can help you know where prior interns have rented. To apply you need a recent photo, five to eight writing samples, three letters of recommendation, an unofficial grade transcript and to fill out the application form here: They look for reporters, news designers and photojournalism.


Los Angeles Times Summer Internship PAID
Deadline: Nov. 1. Multiple internships on different desks at this newspaper powerhouse. Read all about it at the link above and start gathering materials.


Tampa Bay Times Internships PAID
Deadline: Nov. 1. "Sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students pursuing careers in media are encouraged to apply. Experience at a college publication is a plus, and applicants should have at least one professional internship. Interns also will need their own reliable transportation.The Times offers internships in all of its departments. The internships range from 12-week summer experiences to six-month and yearlong jobs. Our interns gain hands-on experience, working alongside staffers who offer guidance and respect them as equals. Interns are paid a weekly salary and also are eligible for scholarships from the Tampa Bay Times Fund."


Minneapolis Star-Tribune Reporting Internship PAID

Deadline: Nov. 1. "Star Tribune offers 10-week summer reporting internships. We recruit nationally for this program and select talented, driven college and graduate students who can cover breaking news, as well as write enterprise stories. We expect our interns to come to us with skill and leave with polish and invaluable experience from a major-market newsroom. We will place reporters in metro, business, features and sports; please note your preference."


The Virginian-Pilot Internship Program PAID
Deadline: Nov. 10. "You will report and write from the first day. You will also be assigned an editor and will participate in team meetings and brown bag programs on topical subjects. Past sessions have included journalism values, self-editing, how to read a financial report, investigative reporting and social media uses.”



Please note: The paid internships listed below are offered every summer and the application deadlines are usually in October or November. They are not all open yet, but I’m including them here so you can plan ahead! Go to these links now to understand what each internship entails and what you will need to gather up to apply. Then, return to the links in September to see the current application and deadlines for summer 2020.


National Public Radio

A learning experience like no other. The NPR internship program has a rich history. Nearly 10% of our current staff — including Ari ShapiroAudie CornishGuy Raz and many more — were discovered as interns. We are looking for students and recent graduates who are intelligent, creative, and curious. We need strong researchers and excellent writers who work well on diverse teams and can also thrive with individual assignments.


Dallas Morning News

"The Dallas Morning News offers an internship in our Editorial Department at the downtown Dallas office. The main responsibility for this intern will be writing and researching online columns expressing his or her personal point of view, as well as aggregation posts that summarize others' opinions."


The Courier-Journal; Louisville, Kentucky
Be in the heart of rural America during the run-up to the next presidential election! You have to apply by sending hard copies of your materials to their internship coordinator – read all about it at the link above."This fellowship program gives a select group of college students from across the country an opportunity to work in the Courier-Journal newsroom for 12 weeks as reporters, producers and photographers during the summer months. We will provide one-on-one coaching, mentoring, interactive seminars as well as professional experience working for a multimedia company."


New York Public Radio Internships
"NYPR internships are designed to be a learning experience for sharp, enthusiastic self-starters, with or without radio skills. Our interns do meaningful work across a variety of shows and departments. Interns who work on our shows and departments are an integral part of the team and assist with all aspects of work."


The Seattle Times – multiple internships on various desks
"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. For the copy editing internship, applicants must have strong language skills and some editing experience on multiple platforms. Finalists will take a copy editing test."


The Chronicle of Higher Education (Spring)
"Are you an early-career or aspiring journalist interested (even just a little) in covering colleges and universities? If so, you should apply for our spring internship."


High Country News (Spring)

Deadline: Nov. 1. For December graduates. Also have one for the fall for May graduates. Great for grad students. Pay: $220 per week plus free housing, $500 travel stipend
"High Country News is looking for informed and enthusiastic editorial interns and fellows to report on natural resource, environmental and community issues in the 11 Western states."


The Boston Globe Newsroom Summer Internship
"The largest group of interns reports on local and regional news across New England as general assignment reporters — working on both breaking news for our Express Desk and longer daily and non-daily stories for our Super Department. Other intern reporters cover sports, living/arts or business news. We also have intern positions in the Photography and Editorial Design departments, and on the News copy desk."


The Washington Post Newsroom Internships
"Come be a reporter, photographer, videographer, multiplatform editor or producer, news or digital designer, graphics reporter or developer, or social media producer."


Oregonian/ internship 
“The Oregonian/OregonLive, an award-winning news organization, offers a 10-week paid internship program for college students and recent graduates who wish to work in a digitally focused newsroom. Summer interns are given news and feature assignments just like regular staff members, producing journalism for the and The Oregonian.”


New York Times Fellowship – for students graduating in May

The program targets journalists with some experience who are early in their careers, including recent graduates of college and graduate school. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. It is a year-long, fully funded program. If you have years at the Wildcat and/or some experience at the Star, you should apply.


Pennsylvania Capitol Reporters
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2020."The Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents’ Association offers a summer internship program at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The 10-week program for two interns consists of rotations at the following publications: The Allentown Morning CallCapitolwire.comLNP Media GroupThe Philadelphia InquirerPittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pennlive/Patriot-News. Interns will assist reporters covering the state budget and report on committee hearings and other political and policy stories in a fast-paced news environment."


The Valley News Photo Internship (Spring) For May grads
"The Valley News is currently accepting applications for a six-month photo internship, running from January to June. The photo intern works with the newspaper's two staff photographers and photo editor, covering a range of assignments and enterprise work."


NPR Kroc Fellowship
Applications accepted only between Oct. 15 and Dec. 31. “While the ideal Kroc Fellow aspires to work in public media, previous journalism or public radio experience is not required. Fellows must be able to demonstrate exceptional potential and drive. Applicants must be close to completing an undergraduate or graduate degree or have earned a degree no more than one year prior to Dec. 31, 2019. The NPR Kroc Fellowship identifies and develops a new generation of extraordinary public radio journalists. Over the course of a year, the three Kroc Fellows get rigorous, hands-on training in every aspect of public radio journalism, both on-air and online, including writing, reporting, producing and editing."


Atlantic Media Fellowship
Applications open now until Oct. 1 for yearlong fellowship that begins in January. Perfect for Dec. grads. Applications for fellowships that begin in June and run for a year open in mid-October. "Atlantic Media offers high-achieving recent college graduates a unique opportunity to participate in the Atlantic Media Fellowship Program. The program is a structured, year-long paid fellowship for top-tier talent committed to editorial-side or business-side careers in media." 


Baltimore Magazine
Applications open all year long for fall, spring or summer internships. Please make sure to specify which intern period(s) you are applying for (spring, summer, or fall). Editorial internship applicants should also include a brief cover letter and at least two writing samples in addition to a resume. See the bottom of the page in the link above for contacts for each internship.

Associated Press Global Internships

Multiple locations at TIME brands across the world. Go to the website above in late October to read all details about applying for 2020.


WIRED Editorial Fellow

Applications open in November. "WIRED offers five six-month-long editorial fellowships, all located at our editorial headquarters in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood. Editorial fellowships focus on reportingvideogadgetsfact-checking, and photography."


The Denver Post Summer Internships
"Our editors choose full-time summer interns in news, business and features reporting (3 positions); digital production; photography; videography; and information design/visual communication."


American Society of Magazine Editors Internship Program
"ASME interns participate in a three-day orientation program and learn the fundamentals of reporting, fact checking and copy editing. Over the course of the summer, ASME interns also attend special events in New York and Washington and meet for lunch with top editors. Only 10 percent of all Magazine Internship Program applicants are accepted. ASME interns have distinguished academic records and usually have extensive experience working on city and regional magazines as well as college newspapers and magazines.


Chalkbeat Summer Internship
"Chalkbeat, the nonprofit education news organization, is seeking motivated undergraduate or graduate students to serve as summer reporting interns. Our reporting teams cover schools in Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, and New York City, as well as a national bureau covering education issues affecting schools across the country."



·        Check your email every day. I have had three (count ‘em THREE) students miss out on jobs and internships because they missed offers from recruiters that came by email. If you do not understand how to manage it, come see me and I’ll teach you how to do it.

·        Here’s a new place to look for internships:

·        Want to freelance? One of our two new professors, Ruxandra Guidi, curates a website with jobs for freelance storytellers, as well as monetary awards for freelancers to produce their work and jobs for recent grads. Make sure you check it out here and keep it bookmarked!

·        Here are questions to ask (and not ask) in an interview.

·        Here is a good article on what editors are looking for in hiring journalism grads. 

·        This is a piece on negotiating your first salary.

·       Here are two great articles from the Colombia Journalism Review about “aha” moments journalists have had and best reporting advice journalists ever got. In the latter article, the fourth paragraph alone will help you in all your reporting classes – not to mention any job you get. Here’s a snipped from the first story:

A mentor I once had was a woman named Veronica Wadley. She was the features editor of The Daily Telegraph in England at the time. I remember, I actually wrote an article on spec, and then she called me in—I was straight out of university. And she said to me, “You can clearly write. That’s good. But the question is, can you report? And she said, In order to be a really good journalist, you have to be able to walk into a room full of people you don’t know and find a story. Anybody can report on a train crash. But what takes real skill is to walk into a room full of people and come out with a story that is ready to publish.” And I said, “Well, what about the writing?” And she said, “The writing is the icing on the cake.” That always stayed with me—the importance of the reporting. Then I spent a year or so being sent out into rooms of people to find stories, and it was incredibly good training. ---- Vicky Ward, senior reporter, CNN

·        And finally, if you haven’t tried the ice cream at the Screamery, make sure you do sometime this year!

Kind regards –




Renée Schafer Horton, Coordinator

Internship and Career Development; School of Journalism, University of Arizona

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