How do I sign up to hire an intern for the summer?
Media companies can sign up before Dec. 1 to guarantee a summer intern. Complete this form to request intern(s).
Are media companies allowed to select their own intern?
Yes. Media companies can select their own intern and send them to a Dow Jones News Fund residency program. They must still agree to pay the News Fund $1,200 per intern for pre-internship training, and to pay interns a weekly salary of at least $525 for a minimum of 10 weeks. Discounted fees are available for qualified nonprofit organizations.
The Fund will also do its best to satisfy special requests media companies may have, such as placing a graduating senior, a local resident or interns with special language or computer skills.
Can international media organizations request interns?
The Dow Jones News Fund only partners with media organizations seeking to hire students for internships within the U.S. Those seeking interns for placements outside of the U.S. are not eligible to participate.
Can professional journalists apply for an internship?
No. Professional journalists, including freelancers from abroad, and those who have worked more than 30 hours per week for more than one year during their careers are ineligible for Dow Jones News Fund internships. This includes professional journalists attending graduate school.
How do I post a media job?
Email job opportunities to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will distribute via email, social media and our private Slack and Facebook Group.
For College Educators
What do test monitors/campus contacts do?
The Dow Jones News Fund requires students applying to its summer internship program to first take a qualifying test. Before the pandemic we relied on college journalism professors and career service counselors to administer the tests. We have since moved to a online test that does not need proctors. College faculty are still the primary campus contact we send information and promotional materials about our programs. To be on our list, fill out this form.
Can there be more than one campus contact at a college?
Yes, it is helpful if they are from different departments, i.e. journalism, computer science and history as well as career services, to reach the most students.
How do I edit my listing in the directory?
To update a listing in the directory of test monitors complete this form. Please notify us of any changes before Sept. 1.
For College Students
Who is eligible to apply for internships?
College sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students, including those graduating in December, are eligible to apply as long as they are enrolled full-time by the application deadline. Recent graduates and former professional journalists are not eligible.
Can I apply for more than one internship program?
Yes, you may apply for any of the programs for which you would like to be considered. There is a single, timed, online test all applicants must take.
Can international students apply?
The programs are open to international students who are already in the U.S. and authorized to work here on student visas. The Dow Jones News Fund does not transport students from abroad or ask employers to sponsor international students to come here.
Where can I take the qualifying test?
For 2024 internships, the test will be a timed, online test on HireVue. After you apply, you will receive a link to the HireVue test by the next business day.
Why is my application not going through when I hit submit?
Confirm the required fields marked with asterisks are completed. Once the application is successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation email.
What is the essay question on the application?
Tell us about a time you learned a life lesson the hard way? Submit no more than 500 words.
What attachments are required for the application?
1) Résumé; 2) Unofficial transcript. (For graduate students, attach your undergraduate transcript); 3)
A 500-word essay: Tell us about a time you learned a life lesson the hard way; 4) Samples of your work. Attach 3-5 clips of stories you wrote or links to digital content you produced. For data journalism you may attach code you have written or a data visualization you created; editors can provide headlines, page designs or social media posts. Please note you must combine your work samples into one PDF or Word document.
Can I edit my application after I hit submit?
No, after clicking “Submit,” you will NOT be able to return to the application. You can start the application and stop and save it as you work on it, but once you hit submit you cannot go back. If you submitted an application and forgot to attach your essay and transcript, please email those documents to email@example.com. In the subject line put, “YOUR NAME – Missing Attachments”.
What is the maximum size for uploads?
The maximum file size for each document is 5 MB.
What document formats can be uploaded?
The following files types are accepted: DOC, DOCX, HTML, PDF, or TXT. It is best to use MSWord documents or PDFs.
Who can I contact if I need assistance with the online application process?
If you cannot resolve the issue on your own, you may call 609-468-0347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
When are applications and tests due?
The final due date for applications is Nov. 16.
The deadline to take the online, timed test will be Nov. 20.
When will I be notified if I was selected?
The DJNF begins notifying interns in December and continues until all the media requests are fulfilled. Our selection process usually wraps up in March or April.
Do you notify applicants if they have not been selected?
Who determines where students will intern during the summer?
Training directors assign students to their internships. Interns will be offered a placement and internship training site when selected.
Where have students interned in the past?
The Dow Jones News Fund interns have worked in more than 70 newsrooms across the country, including:
– The Wall Street Journal
– The New York Times
– American City Business Journals
– USA TODAY Network
– Los Angeles Times
– The Arizona Republic
– Advertising Specialty Institute
– The Salt Lake Tribune
– St. Paul Pioneer Press
– Kansas City Star
– Houston Chronicle
Visit the media partners page for a list of our most recent partners.
How are students chosen for the internship program?
Students are placed at internships based on a number of factors, including location, experience, performance on qualifying tests and specific requests made by news organizations.
How many students typically apply?
DJNF receives hundreds of online applications and tests. Only those students who have submitted an online application and taken the required test will be considered.
How many are accepted?
Approximately 100 students are selected, based on the number of media requests.
For High School Teachers
How is the Teacher of the Year chosen?
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association is the primary sponsor of the award and DNJF is a co-sponsor along with The Poynter Institute for Media Studies and The Wall Street Journal. Visit the CSPA website to learn more about the nomination and selection process.
If I previously won a teacher award, can I apply again?
A previous Teacher of the Year cannot apply again.
Teachers who were previously selected as Distinguished Advisers or Special Recognition Advisers are eligible to apply again, and are encouraged to do so. Distinguished Advisers are eligible for the Teacher of the Year award; Special Recognition Advisers are eligible for Teacher of the Year and Distinguished Adviser awards.
Who are the previous winners of the Teacher of the Year award?
The Dow Jones News Fund selected its first Teacher of the Year in 1960. Click here for a full list of past winners.
Who sponsors the Teacher of the Year award?
The Teacher of the Year program is co-sponsored by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and The Wall Street Journal.
Are contributions to the Dow Jones News Fund tax deductible?
Yes. The News Fund is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by the Dow Jones Foundation, Dow Jones, media companies and private donations. Contributions to DJNF are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
How do I apply for a grant?
The Dow Jones News Fund reviews proposals for summer high school journalism workshops and college internship residencies by invitation only from tax-exempt, 501 (c)(3) organizations. Consult with Fund staff at email@example.com if you have further questions.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
The Dow Jones News Fund does not award general scholarships. A limited number of scholarships are awarded to certain high school and college students who participate DJNF-funded programs.
How do I post a media job for DJNF alumni?
The Dow Jones News Fund regularly posts job opportunities to its network via LinkedIn and email. Send job descriptions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is your postal address?
P.O. Box 300
Princeton, NJ 08543
4300 Route 1 North
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
What is the general DJNF email and phone number?
General inquiries may be directed to email@example.com or call (609) 452-2820.