Students, apply for support for summer internships

The Virginia SPJ,SDX Educational Foundation invites applications from students at accredited Virginia colleges and universities for fellowships to support their summer 2023 internships at print and electronic news organizations. Each fellowship will include a cash stipend of up to $1,500, which can be used for expenses incurred in performing a supervised, full-time summer internship of at least six weeks.

The application deadline is April 1, 2023.

The amount of each stipend will be determined by the foundation trustees based on an applicant’s estimated out-of-pocket internship costs, such as living expenses, equipment, professional attire, travel costs, publications, subscriptions, supplies and so on.

The fellowship recipients each will be responsible for securing an internship, which can be paid or unpaid.

Stipends will be paid upon independent confirmation of an internship offer by the fellow’s host news organization. An evaluation provided by the fellow’s supervisor will be required upon completion of the internship.

The application form is at http://bit.ly/spjva-fellowships.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must be sophomores, juniors or seniors enrolled at an accredited Virginia college or university.
  • Applicants need not be journalism majors but must demonstrate intent to pursue a journalism career in print, broadcast or online media. (The application requires a brief essay on why you are pursuing a journalism career.)
  • Applicants must provide a résumé or LinkedIn profile and three samples of journalistic work. They also must provide a letter of recommendation from a professor and/or journalism professional.

Questions may be sent to Jeff South, fellowship promotions chair, at jeffsouthrva@gmail.com.

Published by SPJ Virginia Pro

SPJ is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 10,000 members; works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts.

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