Monday, September 16, 2019

Want a great internship next summer? Fall deadlines coming up

Note: This post is being updated to reflect summer 2020 application deadlines as they are announced.

One of my Bucket List items is to help get a UMass Journalism student to the New York Times or Washington Post next summer. If you think you are that person, NOW is the time to apply. Most nationally competitive internships have fall deadlines, so you need to get cracking.

Here's Poynter's list of top internships. This is a fantastic roundup that includes sites like Politico, and it gives you an idea of what's out there. If you're a first or second-year student, this will give you an idea of what to shoot for. Build that resume with student media and lower level internships, so you'll be ready.

And while we're on Poynter, here's a webinar called "Flourish, Don't Flounder, At Your First Internship or Job."

Here's a list that's being constantly updated by The Lead

Here's another list from the Student Press Law Center.

The Washington Post Summer Internship Program: deadline: Oct. 9.

Pulliam Fellowship: deadline Nov. 1.

Boston Globe Internship Program:  deadline: Nov. 1.

Boston Globe Coops: deadline: Oct. 15. Coops run in six month rotations, from January to June and June to December. They are not writing gigs, but coops often end up with some bylines. These are paid positions, and you should consider applying for these as well as for the internships.

The Wall Street Journal Internship program. 

The Dow Jones News Internship Program: deadline: Nov. 8. If you are interested, try a practice test here. 

Miami Herald Internship Program: deadline: Oct. 31.

College Seniors can apply for Scripps Howard Foundation fellowship to work with ProPublica or Newsy for a year. Deadline: Oct. 18.

The International Radio and Television Society offers several terrific internship programs and workshops, including a summer, all-expenses paid workshop in New York City.

The Sports Journalism Institute, a program celebrating 25-plus years of enhancing racial and gender diversity in sports media, runs in late May 2020,  at Arizona State University with a bootcamp followed by paid internships (to be determined individually) at print, digital or electronic media outlets. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2019.

Want to work at a magazine? Here's info from the American Society of Magazine Editors 2019 Internship Program.

I will help you build your application package. You should have at least one or two smaller internships, and employers are also looking for campus media experience.

These programs get hundreds of applications for about a dozen slots in each shop. It will not be easy and odds are that you won't get in on the first try. Apply anyway. You'll learn a lot, and the judges will remember you next time.

Before we meet, please read the posts below and be sure that you have a solid resume prepared according to my Career Tips Handout in the right hand column of this page, as well as a Pressfolios or Wordpress site with your clips, and a solid Linkedin profile.

Clean up your social media presence and get your Twitter feed up and running and tweet some smart things. (I recently had an editor tell me she would have hired a student, but that she wished he was a better tweeter.)

I want to see the package that you'd be sending out, and we'll make sure it best represents you and your work.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The interns tell all, summer 2019 edition

One of the best parts of my summer is the week I read the papers written by students who have completed a summer internship. I know there's a lot of controversy about internships, particularly unpaid, and whether they're exploitive. Certainly the "unpaid" aspect is a problem for most students, and in some workplaces, students do serve as an unpaid labor source. (We try to root these employers out and don't encourage students to work there.)

What the critics miss is the invaluable array of experiences, skills and contacts that our students make during these internships.

Plus, the fun they have.

One student ended up covering the Stanley Cup playoffs, while another learned some valuable lessons about trust (or lack thereof) in the media working at a small local newspaper. Other students built their communication/social media skills working for the baseball teams in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Their experiences drumming up excitement and covering the teams sounded straight out of  Bull Durham, a great baseball movie that still holds up.

But I digress.

Each semester, I ask interns to offer some advice for fellow students. Here they go.

Monday, June 24, 2019

How to register for summer internship credits

The registration process for summer internships is different from other courses. You must first fill out a Handshake "experience," and provide details about the internship, and you should contact me for help figuring out how many credits you are eligible for. The Journalism Department determines this, not the employer.

Once you've uploaded the employer information to Handshake, the internship goes to Career Services for approval, and then a bill will be generated by Continuing and Professional Education. Once you have paid your bill, the credits will show up on your SPIRE.

SOUNDS CONFUSING. But actually, it's not too bad. Check out the Internship Checklist, which  explains the process. And watch  a screencast I created to walk you through the process, which starts on the UMass Handshake page.

Remember you must pay for summer credits before you will be registered. You should receive a bill within a few weeks of uploading your Handshake experience. If you don't, please get in touch with me via email.

Internship credits count toward graduation, not toward the major (except for Sport Journalism Concentration students), and they do not fill any major elective requirements. You may take a total of 18 internship credits over the course of your college career.

If you have any questions, email me:

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The interns tell all, spring 2019 edition

Each semester, I ask interns to write up a short post on their experiences, and to offer advice to fellow students. Here we go!

Monday, December 3, 2018

The interns tell all, Fall 2018 edition

At the end of each semester, I ask interns to post about their experiences and offer advice to fellow students. Here they go!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Tips for senior year job hunters

Several seniors have stopped by my office lately to talk about job hunting, and, if you're graduating in May, it's probably too early to actually start applying for jobs in journalism. But there's still a lot you can do to increase your chances of finding a job before graduation day. Spend a few hours a week now, and you'll be ready to go in May.

First, sign up for the Journalism Launchpad Class in the spring. It's a one-credit, five-week class that gets you prepped for the job hunt. We cover lots of topics, including networking, resumes, Linkedin, practice interviews, and issues like early career personal finance, managing student loan debt and how to negotiate for a higher salary. Students who have taken the class say it changed the way they approach the job hunt, and many of them get jobs as a result of the tools and insights they pick up in this class.

Second, get your professional materials: resume, online portfolio and Linkedin profile in the best shape you can: this means, updated, concise, well-written and no typos. This takes time, and should not be left to the last minute. Many students put a lot of work into perfecting the resume and leave the LinkedIn as an afterthought. Don't do that. Both must be in perfect shape. You want an employer to look you up online and find your work easily. If you don't have a Wordpress or Wix site, get a Pressfolios site, so an employer can stop at one site and see your work.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Last minute fall 2018 internship opportunities

If you are still looking for internships for fall, check in here. I will be posting opportunities as they arrive in my mailbox. And don't forget to check Handshake!

Here's a science writing internship that starts October 1 in Washington DC.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette and The Valley Advocate have several openings for fall semester. E-mail me and I will get you started.

WGBY, public television in Springfield, offers several internships.  Find out more here.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Take it from an intern, 2018

I was very happy to see a Tweet from Rafat Ali, founder of Skift, recently, because it featured one of our recent alums, Dan Peltier, who also did some great work for Here's Dan, above, speaking to the Nightly Business Report, about tourism in Las Vegas, one of the beats he covers for Skift, which covers the business of travel.

Dan first met Rafat when I assigned him to do a presentation on him for Entrepreneurial Journalism. The conversation he had with Rafat led to a post-grad internship at Skift, which led to a job, which led to Dan living in New York City and working for one of the country's best media entrepreneurs in a very interesting industry. Not too shabby.

As Dan's experience shows, internships can really change your life. Each summer I ask our UMass Journalism interns to post a few words about their experiences, to give you an idea of what it's like and to get you started. If you are interested in a great internship next summer, it's never too early to start planning. Competitive internships (see below) all have fall and December deadlines, so if your goal is the big leagues, you need to get started now.

Meanwhile, read on to see what your fellow students were up to over the summer.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Summer Internship starting line: your digital professional credentials

If you're gearing up for an internship search, you need to have your credentials ready to go. Here are my three suggestions. A few students have come in for resume work and tell me they'll get to their LinkedIn profiles later. Big mistake. (One person in my Launchpad class had a profile picture from high school yearbook. WUT? No.)  Have everything perfect and ready to go (including a professional photo) before you send out the resume.

If you're coming to speak with me about an internship, please do this work before we meet. It will speed up the process.

1. A functional resume. I recommend the functional resume, which is a little different from others, because it emphasizes your skills, and gives you a chance to sell these skills to an employer right out of the box. Sometimes you can "jump the line" because you have a particular skill that an employer is looking for. You can find a model of this resume in the Career Tips handouts on the right hand sidebar of this site. Remember that your campus media work is not an "activity," but "experience," and get it up high. Julie or Lucy offer resume feedback hours out in the Hub. Have one of them take a look and help you revise.

2. A solid LinkedIn profile. Spend some time on this. (You'll find LinkedIn advice in this blog, read through the posts!) Develop a well-written and edited summary with lots of keywords, and an emphasis on your solid skills and results.  Get a good professional photograph. Talk to profs or former employers or internship supervisors and ask to Link In with them, and ask if they'd provide a recommendation for you on your LinkedIn profile.

3. A digital portfolio with links to your published work. Buy your domain name and put up a site. You can do this with a simple Wordpress site, or with a terrific site like Pressfolios. Be sure to put a LinkedIn badge on your page. Get the code for your profile at Your badge size options and the code is in the lower right hand column. Embed your Twitter and/or Instagram feed.

4. PDF's of ten of your best clips, in case an employer wants them printable. These should include breaking news, enterprise stories, features---a range of your best work--stored on Dropbox so you can access them anywhere and e-mail or print them as needed. This gives you the flexibility for employers who want hard copy.

5. Business cards. You can get these at Staples, or online at On this card, you should have the LinkedIn address and your portfolio address.

Here's a post from Romenesko about how graduating journalism students should present their clips to potential employers. 

Do some hunting around on the sites on the right hand column of this site. Sign up online via my calendar at the top of the right hand column on this page. See you soon!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

You can't win a scholarship if you don't apply

(This post is an update from Jan. 31, 2017.)

Here's the thing about UMass. Sure, it's big, and sure, it's sometimes crazy and it feels like no one cares about you. But here's the other thing: if you reach out, you can almost always find help.

A student just told me a story about not having any money. This student was worried about not being able to come back in the fall. The student met with an advisor at Financial Aid, and the advisor walked through all this person's options, where the student was from, what the student's financial situation was. Asked many questions. The student ended up with a scholarship that helped ensure a return to UMass in the fall. This never would have happened if that student hadn't gone to the Financial Aid office and asked for help.

Which brings me to scholarships. There's probably more than $250,000 in scholarships about to be handed out over the next few months. Some are straight scholarships, others go to help fund research or study abroad. Still others defray the costs of  summer internships, which, in journalism, generally go unpaid. So if you want to spend the summer in New York, read on.

I hear you now: I won't bother applying because there are so many applications I can't be competitive, and I never win anything. But this isn't the Powerball, where there are 7 bajillion other players from 50 states. It's UMass! I sit on many review committees for scholarships and I can tell you, if you just put some time and effort into your applications and essays, you have a pretty good chance.  But you need to apply.

How do you win some of this money? Look at every list below and see what you're eligible for. Don't wait until the last minute. If the application requires a financial need, make sure that you're on record with the Financial Aid office. If you're not, be sure to include a financial need statement of your own that spells out your circumstances. Make sure you have a great looking resume (see my Career Tips handout on the right for a good model). Then, write a great essay. What makes a great essay? Heart and substance. More than a few drafts. Solid spelling, punctuation and grammar. Run it through the Hemingway App and Grammarly. Have a friend read it.  Here's some great advice from SBS Advising. And here's my advice.

If there's enough interest, I'll host a workshop this semester. In the meantime, I'll be posting the available scholarships as I find them. Three words: APPLY, APPLY, APPLY.

Scholarships for 2018
The UMass Alumni Association offers more than $100,000 in scholarships each year. I love these because most of them are donated by UMass alumni. Check this list out, because some of the requirements are so specific that the applicant pool is very limited.

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Scholarships include scholarships to fund research, study abroad and other areas. If you are doing study abroad, apply for these! 
Journalism Dept. Scholarships are given out to Journalism majors only. If you are in other departments, check their websites for major-specific scholarships.

New England Newspaper Publishers Association $1,000 scholarships for college students pursuing a career in journalism.

Broadcast student? Apply for the Student Broadcaster Scholarship.