Applications Now Open for Knight-CUNYJ Summer Internships

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

Thanks to a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism will launch a summer internship program in June 2015.

The purpose of the program is to address under-representation in U.S. newsrooms by helping build a stronger pipeline of academically excellent, digitally trained minority journalists.

The Knight-CUNYJ Summer Internship Program will bring 20 aspiring journalists to New York City for two months — June and July — to participate in an all-expenses paid training and internship program.

There’s also a competitive component to the program — at the end of the summer, the five top interns will be offered tuition-free enrollment at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, if they apply and are admitted to one of our M.A. programs.

To be eligible for the Knight-CUNYJ Summer Internship Program, applicants must be rising seniors in the summer of 2015 or recent college graduates who received a bachelor’s degree in May 2013 or later. In addition, applicants must attend or have graduated from a senior college that is classified as a Historically Black College or a Hispanic-Serving Institution AND/OR be a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), CCNMA, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA), the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) or the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA).

Participants will receive of classroom training from our faculty and participate in an 8-week summer internship, which we will help them secure at news outlets around the city. If the internship is unpaid, the student will receive a $3,000 stipend.

Housing will be provided at The Towers at the City College of New York. It is a short walk to the subway station, where students can catch a train that will get them to the school’s Times Square location within minutes.

How to Apply

Visit the Knight-CUNYJ Summer Internship Program application page to apply to the summer 2015 session. Please note: The application must be completed in one sitting. You cannot start the application and save it to complete later.

You will be able to upload your resume and writing samples onto the application form. However, we will only accept official transcripts mailed directly from your higher education institution.


Ms. Joanna Hernandez
Director, Diversity Initiatives
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
219 W. 40th St.
New York, NY 10018

For More Information

Have questions? Check out our FAQs — a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Wonder whether your school is considered a Historically Black College and University? Check out our “Map of HBCUs” as defined by the White House.

Don’t know whether you are attending a Hispanic-Serving Institution? Click here for a list of Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) members.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 16.