The Dow Jones News Fund seeks college students for paid summer internships with media organizations across the country. By completing this application you will be in the News Fund's applicant pool and eligible to be placed at more than 70 newsrooms. We will review applications and match students to internships based on qualifications, test performance, newsroom requirements, geographical preferences and interns' interest.
Interns attend one of our 7- to 10-day specialized training programs (all expenses paid by DJNF) before reporting to work at top media companies for 10 to 12 weeks. Weekly salaries are $525 or more, depending on the newsroom and minimum wage laws. There are in-person and hybrid internships depending on the newsrooms' requirements. Interns who are returning to school in the fall or graduates with federal loans are eligible for $1,500 scholarships from the News Fund after the internship ends.
Eligibility: College sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students who are enrolled in school full-time as of Nov. 16, 2023, are eligible to apply. This includes December graduates. U.S. students studying abroad and international students already in the U.S. with work visas are also eligible. Former professionals (those who have worked full-time on staff as a journalist for one year or more) in the U.S. or abroad are not eligible.
- Audience Engagement: Audience engagement internships vary by newsroom, but the mission always remain the same—help the news find its audience. From writing SEO-friendly headlines and producing engaging content for video and social to crafting newsletters and seizing on trending topics on social media, job expectations vary. Previous internship placements include: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Kansas City Star, The Marshall Project and Detroit Free Press.
- Business Reporting: We place reporters in more than 30 newsrooms across the country covering a wide variety of topics from Wall Street to Main Street, including the stock market, new businesses and entrepreneurs, labor unions, minority-owned businesses, real estate, climate change, agriculture and automotive industries. Previous internship placements include: The Wall Street Journal, American City Business Journals, Barron’s, Insider, Fortune, American Banker, Detroit News and Automotive News.
- Data Journalism: There are three different types of data internships we usually place interns in: 1) heavy emphasis on filing records requests and analyzing data using spreadsheets; 2) reporting and writing using government data or assisting investigative reporting projects; and 3) using coding and technical tools to build apps and interactive visuals for news stories. Previous internship placements include: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kansas City Public Television, The Marshall Project, Investigative Reporting Network, IndyStar and USA Today.
- Digital Media: Working as a digital media intern means many different things, depending on the newsroom. You could be working in print, social, video, audio or all of it. Interns receive across-the-board training so they can expand their skill sets using the latest technology and storytelling techniques. Previous internship placements include: Austin American-Statesman, Arizona Republic, Hawaii News Now, Nashville Public Radio, Colorado Sun and CalMatters.
- Multiplatform Editing: Editors are the final check on a story before it is published. Multiplatform editing interns assess copy for accuracy, completeness, tone and style while also writing SEO-friendly headlines and designing pages on deadline. Previous internship placements include: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Stars & Stripes and San Francisco Chronicle.
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