Thanks to a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism launched a Summer Internship Program in June 2015 with a goal of addressing under-representation in U.S. newsrooms by helping build a stronger pipeline of academically excellent, digitally trained minority journalists. The funding allows for the program to repeat in the summers of 2016 and 2017.
The Knight CUNYJ Summer Internship Program brings 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 performers are 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 2016 or recent college graduates who received a bachelor’s degree in May 2014 or later.
In addition, applicants must attend or have graduated from senior colleges classified as a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) or Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). If the applicant is not from an HBCU or HSI, he or she must be a member of a journalists of color association, such as the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), 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 classroom training from our faculty and also participate in a seven-week summer internship, which we help them secure at news outlets around the city. If the internship is unpaid, the student will receive a $3,000 stipend to help cover their living expenses over the summer.
Dorm housing at The Towers at the City College of New York is free for participants. It is a short walk to the subway station, where students can catch the A or the D trains that will get them to the J-School’s Times Square location within minutes. We also provide monthly MetroCards for students to get around the city on public transportation.
How to Apply
The application process for the summer 2016 session closes Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Click here to go the program’s website and to apply.
You will be able to upload your application materials, including resume and writing samples, on the application form. However, we will only accept official transcripts mailed directly from your higher education institution.
PLEASE MAIL TRANSCRIPTS TO:
Ms. Joanna Hernandez
Director, Diversity Initiatives
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
219 W. 40th St., Fourth Floor
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.