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 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.
The New York Times is looking for interns in reporting, interactive news, video, audio, audience development, and much more. Deadline: Nov. 1. (This link looks like they haven't upped their aps yet, but they have a wide range of internships, so keep checking.)
Miami Herald Internship Program: deadline: Oct. 31.
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.