PRINCETON, N.J. – The Dow Jones News Fund invites college students to apply for paid summer internships in audience engagement, business reporting, data journalism, digital media and multiplatform editing. The application deadline is Nov. 16.
The News Fund will select college journalists for internships with more than 70 newsrooms across the country. Those selected will also benefit from week-long, pre-internship training, $1,500 scholarships, memberships to journalism groups and access to the DJNF alumni network for jobs and mentoring.
To be considered, students must apply by Nov. 16, and take a timed, online qualifying test. There are five training programs that align with work interns will be doing over the summer. Students may indicate their interest for one or more programs:
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 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.
DJNF will host two information sessions about the application and selection process, as well as two test prep sessions. Students or faculty can sign up here to attend or to request recordings. College faculty can use the same form to request a virtual visit from a DJNF representative to speak to students.
College sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students enrolled full-time on Nov. 16 are eligible to apply, including December graduates. U.S. students studying abroad and international students already in the U.S. with work visas are also eligible.
To apply, students click here. After applying, students will receive an email from HireVue with the link to the timed, online test to be completed within 72 hours. Students can prepare for the test by taking practice tests found here.