At a time when people need good information to make critical decisions about how they will live as citizens of their country and the world, journalism is searching for new business models that can monetize on-line content. Maybe you can help. Print publications struggle as more people consume information over the Internet and do not pay for it. The television news audience is older and in decline as young people look to the Internet for news. Journalists must see themselves as content creators not wed to any particular distribution channel.
Start writing for the Orient or the Quill. Join BCN and learn how to shoot and edit video.
Many of the deadlines for journalism internships are early in the first semester.
Here is a sample of 2016 median salaries from the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor:
- Reporter/Correspondent: $37,820
- Writer: $61,240
Internships for Minorities in Media
The Foundation was created in 1989 to prepare minority youth for careers in the media industry. The Foundation’s program is unlike traditional intern programs in that students work for partner companies during summers and school breaks from the summer following their senior year in high school until they graduate from college. During the four-year program, students have an opportunity to learn many aspects of corporate operations and develop company-specific skills. Corporations have an opportunity to train and mentor students with the option of full-time employment upon completion of their college degrees.
Minority Science Writers Internship
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Pitts Family Foundation is proud to offer a summer internship program for minority students interested in journalism as a career and who want to learn about science writing. Experience what it’s like to cover the scientific and technological issues that shape our global community. The Internship takes place at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of AAAS’s Science magazine, the largest interdisciplinary journal in the world.
The program is a paid, 10-week experience under the guidance of the weekly magazine’s award-winning staff of professional science writers and editors.
Black Enterprise Internships are designed to provide real-life work experiences for college students interested in a career in the media industry. College students who are juniors, seniors, or in graduate school may apply.
Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above in order to be eligible. They must also have a strong desire to work within the media industry. The internships are unpaid. You might consider applying for a Career Exploration and Development Funded Internship grant. Applicants interested in working in the editorial department must have excellent writing skills. In addition to an application, they will be required to submit samples of their written work. All students applying must include a cover letter and resume as well.
Essence hosts summer interns through the Time Inc. Summer Internship Program. The program is a 9-week paid learning experience where you’ll receive on-the-job training that will enhance your education and prepare you for a future career in the media industry. You must have an interest in media and issues related to African-American women to intern at ESSENCE. They are looking for students who are professional, self-motivated and extremely detail-oriented to take on various opportunities throughout departments in both the Publishing and Editorial divisions. If you are currently an undergraduate or graduate student, then you are eligible to apply for an Editorial or Publishing internship at Time Inc. Summer internships.
Institute on Political Journalism
For approximately thirty-six hours a week, you will intern in a Washington media organization. Sponsors include print and broadcast media outlets news services, internet publications and PR firms. The IPJ staff will match you with an internship that best meets your interests and level of skill. Students who plan on seeking a broadcast journalism internship are encouraged to apply early, as these internships are very competitive and need to be secured in early spring. Intern responsibilities vary, but often include covering congressional hearings, drafting articles for publication, editing and producing news stories, researching, writing press releases, assisting with media relations, and general administrative office work. The Institute selects many of the best undergraduate journalism students in the country to attend this Institute each summer, where they attend classes in economics, ethics, and leadership and also serve in internships in major news organizations. Participants also attend regular briefings at principal news sites such as Congress, the White House, the State Department, and the Pentagon. Students are enrolled at Georgetown University, live in a furnished apartment on campus in the center of D.C., and are placed in a competitive internship for eight weeks. Each summer, 85 students from across the country are selected. The total cost of the program is between $5,000 and $6,000, but scholarships are available.
Full-time, unpaid internships are available for undergraduate and graduate women who would like to be involved in journalism. The four areas in which internships are available are: fundraising/development, research, communications, fellowships/program.
The NABJ offers an internship in conjunction with NBC, with experience at their premiere shows. Interns will get hands-on experience at the news outlets, in writing, editing, and much more.
The Newhouse Graduate Newspaper Fellowship for Minorities is a highly competitive 18-month program that provides two generous awards each year to minority students who have majored in subjects other than journalism as undergraduates. It is supported by the Newhouse Foundation, a private foundation established by Samuel I. Newhouse. The winners study in the Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism master’s program at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Additionally, students receive professional, on-the-job training. While attending classes, students work as part-time reporting interns at Syracuse Media Group. Fellows receive full tuition scholarships, $1,400-per-month stipends, health insurance coverage, up to $1,500 to cover moving expenses to Syracuse, up to $800 for travel to professional conferences and up to $1,000 for books, fees and other academic expenses.