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Start with what, and whom, you know. You have a network of people you've met through your family, your friends, your previous jobs, your fellow students and your professors. From now on, keep expanding that network. Meet and stay in touch with alumni, fellow students who have had internships, professors who know employers and folks you meet at journalism gatherings.

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Regional internships

Thanks to alumni who know the value of professional experience, The Journalism Program is able to provide stipends to support internships at many of these newsrooms. You'll find details on how to apply for that support here.

The News Journal

Interns work for the city, sports, business, education or features desk. Editors prefer at least one semester on The Review with a number of strong clips. Students must have a car. Internships are available only for credit but are eligible for substantial stipend support. To apply: Interested applicants should send an email to the director of internships at journalism@udel.edu; you'll be asked to provide a cover letter, resume and at least three clips. 

Newark Post

Interns will work with former Review editor, and now Newark Post editor, Josh Shannon. Interns work in all departments, writing feature and breaking news stories, often landing on the front page. Editors prefer at least one semester on The Review with several strong clips. To apply: Send a cover letter, resume and three clips to Josh Shannon at jshannon@cecilwhig.com . Summer deadline, April 1; fall deadline, August 1.

The Cecil Whig

Interns write stories for a variety of desks, including breaking news, features and sports. At least one semester's experience at The Review is required. To apply: Send a cover letter, resume and three clips to Jacob Owens, executive editor, at jowens@cecilwhig.com . Summer deadline, May 1; fall deadline, August 15.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Interns work on various desks across the newsroom and in the suburbs. It's an intense internship involving a lot of breaking news and some features, and interns are expected to pitch their own ideas eventually. A previous internship is suggested, and applicants are advised to consult with our internship director. Full information can be found on its internship page.

MDDC Press Association

The Maryland, Delaware, D.C. press association offers paid, eight-week internships through its Reese Cleghorn Summer Internship program. Information is on its internship page.

New Jersey Press Foundation

The foundation, part of the New Jersey Press Association, offers two paid internships: The Jules L. Plangere Jr. internship and the Isaac Roth Media business internship.  Details are on the foundation's  internship page.

Delaware Today

Interns will work closely with members of the editorial department to develop story ideas for the magazine and the web; proofread, fact-check and edit stories and content; write briefs for the magazine; and write stories for the web, including dining blogs, people and community profiles, guide and event listings and bride and healthy living stories.

Interns can also assist our digital editor by developing content for social media accounts (including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest); helping maintain social media accounts; assisting in formatting print articles for web; assisting with newsletters; and assisting with photo research/production;

Students who have taken a basic newswriting course are encouraged to apply and should be comfortable using Macs, as well as have some familiarity with Dropbox. Photoshop and InDesign skills are helpful but not required. To apply: Send a resume and links to a couple of writing samples, as well as a short cover letter describing why you would like to intern for Delaware Today, to: Danielle Bouchat-Friedman associate editor, Delaware Today, dfriedman@delawaretoday.com. Students must receive credit for the internship.

Out and About

The Wilmington-based entertainment magazine offer internships year-round. Interns get the chance to write and be part of the publishing process. It promises to give interns "as much of a taste of the business as you can handle." Duties include research; fact-checking stories; compiling editorial briefs; conducting interviews; updating and provide content to the OA website; proof-reading and participating in magazine press preparation; and assisting with Out & About Magazine-sponsored events/promotions when applicable. To apply: Send an inquiry to contact@tsnpub.com.

Main Line Today

Interns can get experience in both the print and web operations doing a variety of jobs, such as writing, fact-checking and updating content. Interns work 12 to 18 hours a week and must receive academic credit. To apply and for full information on its internships, check out its internship page.

Philadelphia Weekly

Interns focus on the editorial process, especially fact-checking and research. Full information can be found on its internship page.

WHYY

Internships range from production to newsroom positions. Full information can be found on its internship page.

National internships

Washington Post

The WashPo offers paid summer internships as a reporter, photographer, videographer, multiplatform editor or producer, news or digital designer, graphics reporter or developer, or social media producer. Applicants must be a junior, senior or a graduate student with at least one previous journalism internship. To apply: Details are here; the application deadline for summer 2018 interns is Oct. 6, 2017.

Center for Public Integrity

The Center for Public Integrity offers a paid summer internship in its Washington, D.C., office. The Center is one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. The Center is also the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. To apply: Details are here. Deadline for applications: Dec. 1, 2017.  

American Graphics Institute

AGI is currently offering a paid iBusiness and Technology Reporting Internship for 2018 in Boston. Interns cover technology and business news that relates to publishing, marketing, advertising, and media. To apply: Details are here.Deadline for applications: November 30th, 2017.

Time Inc.

Time is the parent company for several media publications, such as Time, People, Cooking Light and Sports Illustrated. It also offers a postgraduate fellowship. Details are here.

Association for Women in Sports Media

Female college students can apply for paid summer internships at companies including Sports Illustrated, ESPN and the Newark Star-Ledger. Interns also get $1,000 scholarships. Details here.

Chips Quinn Scholars Program

The Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism offers paid 10- to 12-week internships for reporters, copy editors, photographers, multimedia journalists, graphic designers and broadcast students. The program is open to all students, with a goal of bringing greater diversity to newsrooms. Full details here.

American Society of Magazine Editors

Paid summer internships at magazines in New York City and Washington, D.C. Details are here. Note: Applicants who are recommended by their university get preference over applicants from that school who are not recommended. If you'd like to be considered for a recommendation, send a note to the internship director at journalism@udel.edu. You'll be asked for your resume, your three best clips and a letter explaining why you're interested in the program.

Dow Jones News Fund

The DJNF internships are competitive paid nationwide internships that come with training and $1,000 scholarships. The selection process for internships in multiplatform editing, data journalism, digital media and business reporting involves résumés, experience, performance on DJNF tests (see practice tests here), telephone interviews, 500-word essays and the needs of media outlets. Sounds like a lot of work, but oh so worth it. Details are here.

Pulliam Journalism Fellowship

Interns work as reporters, news designers and graphic artistis or photojournalists at either the Indianapolis Star or the Arizona Republic and are paid $650/week for 10 weeks.

Boston Globe

Paid, 12-week summer internships are offered throughout the newsroom. Details are here.

Associated Press

The AP offers paid, 12-week internships in two programs: The Global News General Assignment internships and the Business, Entertainment and Sports internships. Details are here.

National Journalism Center

The center offers D.C. internships to students and recent graduates "to get involved in combating liberal media bias." Interns get a $1,200 monthly stipend but must find their own housing and have access to a car. Details here.

Reuters

Paid 10-week internships offer experience in business, political and general news reporting. Details here.

Newsday

Paid 10-week paid internships offer interns experience as reporters, copy editors, visual journalists or designers for the newspaper and the web. Details here.

Internship directories

JournalismJobs.com (apply "internship filter")

UC Berkeley Career Services

LinkedIn

Poynter media jobs directory (search "internships")

DC Public Affairs and Communications Jobs (search "internships")

Also, professional journalism organizations and state news organizations often post job and internship boards, as well as listservs for members. Consider joining at least one organization that most closely fits your career affinity. Your network instantly explodes in possibilities.

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