Apply for the AAJA & Sacramento Bee internship

In partnership with The Sacramento Bee, AAJA Sacramento is sponsoring a 12-week, internship program for aspiring print, photo, graphics and multimedia journalists. A stipend of $570 a week will be provided by AAJA Sacramento. The program begins in May or June 2010, depending on the intern’s availability.

To be considered, applicants must be enrolled in a college or university within the chapter’s membership area* OR have permanent addresses within those boundaries. Recent graduates who completed their studies in 2009 are also eligible to apply. All applicants must be student members of AAJA Sacramento. (Visit to become a member.)

AAJA Sacramento will evaluate the initial pool of applicants and nominate two candidates for The Bee’s consideration. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for other internships at The Bee.

The internship recipient will be announced April 1, 2010. Deadline for applications is March 19, 2010.

In addition to the internship application form, the following is required:

  • A resume and cover letter.
  • A 300-word essay on why diversity still matters in America’s newsrooms. Your essay should also mention the qualities and accomplishments you would bring to The Bee and a career in journalism.
  • Five to seven writing clips or CDs of multimedia work.
  • Two letters of reference, at least one from a professor or faculty adviser on school letterhead.

The application form is available here.

AAJA-Sports Journalism Institute Internship – Deadline Extended

AAJA has received a limited number of applications for the AAJA-Sports Journalism Institute Internship. As a result, we have extended the deadline an extra week to this Friday, Dec. 12. 

Please help us get the word out to your student members who are college sophomores and juniors during spring 2009. This is a rare opportunity to learn about sports coverage and experience it through a paid internship with a daily newspaper in their local area. 

For application, please visit here.

Boston Globe Summer Internship

This is a message to our student members from Paula Bouknight about the Boston Globe’s summer internship program:

The Globe started its program more than 50 years ago. Through the years, it has continued to be a challenging and rewarding program for those invited to participate. The 12-week program gives young journalists a chance to work for a major metropolitan paper, covering a variety of stories in our Metro, Business, Living/Arts, Health/Science and Sports sections, as well as shooting photos and video, designing section fronts and creating graphics for print and online, and copy editing. While we provide guidance, direction, and editing to the interns, as well as offer another layer of feedback with a writing coach dedicated to the interns, we expect them to work nearly at the level of a beginning reporter. This means our interns produce great work and finely polish their journalism skills every day.

In 2005, The Wall Street Journal published “America’s A-List of Internships,” and the Boston Globe was the only newspaper included on it. To make the final list, the Journal said “internship programs had to receive multiple recommendations from employers” and “stand out from competing programs.”

So, if any student in your chapter is seeking a summer internship next year, please consider our program.
A fuller description of the program as well as an application can also be downloaded from our Web site.

Paula Bouknight
The Boston Globe
AME/Hiring & Development
Tel: 617-929-3120
Fax: 617-929-2018

AAJA Sacramento awards $3,000 in scholarships to two local students

Donna Lee and Deur Julie Tcha were selected for AAJA Sacramento scholarships this year.

Tcha, a senior at California State University, Sacramento majoring in government journalism, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. She is an intern at CBS13 and plans to intern in the Office of Assemblymember Dave Jones this fall.

Lee, who will be a graduate student at Columbia this fall, was given a $2,000 scholarship. She is currently interning as an associate producer for ‘Insight’ on Capital Public Radio. Lee interned at The Statesman-Journal in Salem, Ore. as part of the Chips Quinn Scholar program and at the Sacramento News & Review. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology from the University of California at Berkeley.