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Application deadline for Soles slot at Center for Public Integrity is Feb. 28

By Katherine Nails
Journalism Program writer

The Department of Political Science and International Relations is searching for graduating seniors to apply by Feb. 28 for the 2019-2020 James R. Soles fellowship at the Center for Public Integrity.

The fellow will work at the center for one year in Washington, D.C., producing long-form investigative journalism with its team. The $37,500 salary comes with full benefits.

The mission of the CPI is to produce original investigative journalism about significant public issues and to make institutional power more transparent and accountable. The fellowship was established in 1998 by CPI founder and distinguished UD alum Chuck Lewis to honor his mentor, James Soles.

'Journalism hub of Washington, D.C.'
Soles fellow Madeline Buiano

​2018-2019 Soles fellow Madeline Buiano. Journalism Program photo.

Previous Soles interns at the center  have found the experience invaluable.

“You are dropped into the heart of Washington, D.C. - journalism's hub,” said this year’s fellow,  Madeline Buiano, in an email. “You work with the best reporters in the investigative field, make critical connections, and have the opportunity to jump start your career - at a Pulitzer Prize-winning news outlet, no less.”

Candidates should have an interest in political science and investigative journalism, and it is preferred that they have prior experience writing for a newspaper or other publication. In addition, the ideal candidate will be a motivated self-starter comfortable working with little supervision.

Buiano, who is spending her fellowship reporting on immigration, said that CPI has provided a welcoming environment and that mentors like her editor helped her learn about the subject and gain confidence.

“I came into this knowing very little about immigration,” she said. “But the center has given me the tools necessary to succeed.” She added that because of her fellowship, immigration has become a topic she is “passionate” about.

“I've produced work that I am ridiculously proud of,” she said.

Buiano added that interested students should apply even if they don’t envision spending their career at a nonprofit organization because the skills fellows learn at the center are valuable to any newsroom.

“The writing experience and intense editing process at the center will take your writing skills to the next level and solidify you in the journalism world,” she said. “As a first gig in the ‘real world,’ there is no place I recommend more than the Center for Public Integrity.”

Lewis founded CPI in 1989 with the mission “to protect democracy and inspire change using investigative reporting that exposes betrayals of the public trust by powerful interests,” according to the center’s website. I

Students interested in applying should email the following to

  • Their resume

  • A short writing sample

  • A letter of recommendation from a UD faculty member

  • A statement of interest in the position, which should include information about themselves - why they are an excellent candidate (personal ambitions and motivations), how their education at UD prepared them for this position, and why this opportunity is relevant to their career objectives. The statement should be typewritten, single-spaced, and not exceed two pages.

Students should always include their student UD student ID number in all university email correspondence.

Applications will be vetted by the Department of Political Science and International Relations' Honors and Awards Committee. In late March, the committee will submit its recommendations to CPI. CPI will arrange interviews and make the final decision on the 2019-2020 James R. Soles Fellow based on its criteria.

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​Applications are being accepted for the 2019-2020 Soles reporting fellowship at the Center for Public Integrity, which was founded by UD alum Chuck Lewis.

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