2014 Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington Internship programs

Deadline: November 1, 2013

The Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington program has five internship opportunities. All programs include a living stipend and free housing. Interns report for work each day at the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, which is housed in the same office as the Scripps Howard News Service, four blocks from the White House. They report and write a variety of stories.

Six undergraduate interns, including two international students each year, write stories during four Semester in Washington sessions. A post-graduate, multimedia fellow spends a year with the program, managing the website, teaching skills to other interns and working on his or her own projects.

Eligibility

  • College juniors and seniors who are planning careers in print, online or broadcast journalism can apply for this program.
  • The program has a slot for one post-graduate intern, who works for a year as a multimedia fellow.

2014 Program dates and application deadlines

Spring: Jan. 6 to April 11. Application deadline: Nov. 1. Program includes a stipend of $2,660 and free housing.
Summer: June 9 to Aug. 15. Application deadline: Nov. 1. Program includes a stipend of $1,900 and free housing.
Fall: Sept. 10 to Dec. 16. Application deadline: March 15. Program includes a stipend of $2,660 and free housing.

About the Internships

Undergraduate reporting internship

Interns report for work each day at the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, which is housed in the same office as the Scripps Howard News Service, four blocks from the White House. They report and write a variety of stories. In addition to perfecting their reporting and writing skills, interns take photos and shoot and edit video. The meet with experts at the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Student Press Law Center, the Washington Post, the State Department, the Pentagon and others to better understand how to cover the news. Interns should be prepared to cover government, politics, breaking news, business, sports and features.

Post-graduate multimedia fellowship

The fellowship includes website design and maintenance, creating multimedia projects for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, teaching skills to undergraduate interns and helping them to develop multimedia projects. The paid fellowship includes free housing. It will begin in September 2014 and go through August 2015. The application form will be available in early 2014.

International students

The Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington internship program brings two international students per year to Washington to work at the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire for a semester. The internship is designed to give international students an opportunity to cover events in the U.S. capital, as well as to report and write feature stories for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire and other news outlets.

Hispanic Link internship

The Scripps Howard Foundation sponsors an intern who reports for the Hispanic Link News Servicein Washington. The term dates, stipend and housing arrangements are the same as those for Semester in Washington interns. Students interested in both programs must apply to each. The Hispanic Link intern reports on Washington news for readers of this influential newsletter. Applicants should have an interest in reporting news about and for a Latino audience.

Short Course

Students from Hampton University and Florida International University spend a month in Washington reporting news and news-feature stories. Program includes a stipend of $760 and free housing. 2014 Program dates: May 12 to June 5. Application deadline: Nov. 1.

Benefits

  • Interns in the 14-week spring and fall sessions receive a $2,520 stipend.
  • Interns in the 10-week summer session receive $1,800.
  • Interns in the four-week Hampton University and Florida International University Short Course are paid $720.
  • The post-graduate, multimedia fellow earns $21,000 over a year.
  • All interns are housed for free in furnished apartments in Northwest Washington near the National Zoo.

NOTE: All applicants must use the online application form.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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