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 $400 for a minimum of 10 weeks.
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 six months during their careers are ineligible for Dow Jones News Fund internships. This includes professional journalists attending graduate school.
For College Educators
What do test monitors do?
The Dow Jones News Fund requires students applying to its summer internship program to first take a qualifying test. We rely on college journalism professors and career service counselors to promote our programs to students and administer the tests. Test monitors receive several copies of our one-hour tests, instructions and promotional materials to distribute on campus. They are also listed in our online directory for students to contact.
Can there be more than one test monitor 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.
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 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. Freshmen, sophomores, 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. We will only review applications for programs for which you also took the qualifying test.
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?
Each applicant must take an in-person test monitored by a professor or employee of their college. Applicants will only be considered if they apply online and complete the appropriate qualifying tests. Visit this link for a list of professors and career counselors who have signed up to be test monitors.
What do I do if there is no test monitor at my school?
If there is no test monitor on your campus, you may recruit a professor or media adviser at your school to be your monitor. (Students cannot be monitors.) Once you find someone to serve as your monitor, send email@example.com an email with “data test,” “digital test,” “editing test,” “business reporting test” or “DJNF internship tests” in the subject line. In the body of the email enter the name, address, university, department, city, state, zip code, email address and phone number of the professor who has agreed to be your monitor. Also, include your full name, mailing address, school, phone number and email address.
How can I take the qualifying tests if I am studying abroad?
Those studying abroad should recruit a professor at the university they are attending.
Send firstname.lastname@example.org an email with the test name in the subject line (i.e. Multiplatform Editing Test), in the body of the email enter the name, address, university, department, city, state, zip code, email address and phone number of the professor who has agreed to be your monitor. Be sure to include your full name, mailing address, school, phone number and email address.
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?
Describe your journalistic skills that make you an asset in an interactive newsroom whether working as a business reporter, data journalist, digital journalist or news editor. Submit no more than 500 words.
Can I edit my application after I hit submit?
No, you must complete all eight sections of an application in one session or the information will not be saved. After clicking “Submit,” you will NOT be able to return to the application. We recommend you begin the application process once you have assembled all required items.
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 609-627-1240 or email email@example.com for further assistance.
When are applications and tests due?
Most years the final due date for applications is Nov. 1.
All tests, written or digital, must be taken by Nov. 1. Paper tests must be postmarked Nov. 1. We do not accept tests via fax.
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.
Do you notify applicants if they have not been selected?
Who determines where students will intern during the summer?
Residency 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 has had more than 50 media partners, including:
– The Wall Street Journal
– The New York Times
– American City Business Journals
– USA TODAY Network
– Los Angeles Times
– The Philadelphia Inquirer
– The Denver Post
– The Arizona Republic
– Advertising Specialty Institute
– The Salt Lake Tribune
– McClatchy Newspapers DC Bureau
– 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 the companion test(s) will be considered.
How many are accepted?
Between 75 and 95 students are selected, based on the number of media requests.
I am filling out the application and cannot locate my major in the drop-down menu. What should I do?
Each application asks students for their fields of study. The drop-down menu only lists the first 100 available options (up to the letter “D”). If you don’t see your major, try typing it into the search bar.
If you are still unable to locate your major, use the short answer space on the next page that asks for additional majors or minors.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (609) 452-2820.