At a time when the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 epidemic continues to affect students and employers across the nation, Columbia Journalism School is collaborating with the Institute for Nonprofit News to provide graduating students with paid internships to support their transitions to professional newsrooms.
Institute for Nonprofit News | Internship Program
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, responding to a news media job market in crisis due to the COVID-19 virus, collaborated with the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) in 2020, in 2021 and in 2022 to provide graduating students with paid internships to support their transitions to professional journalism.
The internship program provides 10- to 12-week paid internships at non-profit news media companies, through a partnership with the Institute for Nonprofit News. Recent graduates are placed at regional news outlets to cover local communities, as well as at national outlets, where they will work in international reporting. Graduating students work as reporting interns covering issues ranging from local to international, during the summer or fall months. In the collaboration, INN arranges for some of its 300-member news organizations to recruit and select graduates from the graduating class into paid editorial reporting jobs. Students in all of the school’s master’s degree programs, including international scholars, are eligible to apply directly to the employers who will oversee their work.
The local news internships and reporting grants are funded by generous alumni of the school, including through the Dean’s Fund for Post Graduate Reporting Opportunities, a new multi-donor fund that honors outgoing Dean Steve Coll and anticipates the arrival of a new dean.
The international reporting internships and reporting grants are funded by the Simon and June Li Center for Global Journalism, a new center at Columbia committed to preparing journalists to work, think and report globally. In 2022, there will be four Li Center for Global Journalism Fellows, two at PBS NewsHour, one at Coda Story, and another at Honolulu Civil Beat. The Scripps Howard Foundation supports three internships, two at Religion News Service and one at Jewish Telegraphic Agency, all to be administered through INN.
INN was founded in 2009 as an investigative news consortium. It works to strengthen the trusted sources of news by growing a network of nonprofit, nonpartisan news organizations. With more than 2,000 journalists in the INN network now generating some 150,000 original reports a year, the network’s news footprint is now similar in scale to NPR and the NPR affiliate network. INN members share news coverage, editorial and business resources and function as an innovation network developing new models for news media.
In the inaugural year, internships were awarded to members of the Class of 2020 at the following INN-member newsrooms.
In 2021, internships were awarded to members of the Class of 2021 at the following INN-member newsrooms.
In 2022, internships will be awarded to members of the Class of 2022 at the following INN-member newsrooms:
Links to Student Work
The following are links to stories completed by Columbia Journalism graduates from the Class of 2022 during their internships at participating INN Member newsrooms.
- Can The Dems Finally Take Ewa Beach Away From The GOP? (Honolulu Civil Beat) | Benjamin Angarone '22
- Would Tax on Vacant Homes Be Enough to Push Owners to Lease Empty SF Units? (San Francisco Public Press) | Camellia Burris '22
- COVID changed their lives. What those with long-haul symptoms want people to know (inewsource) | Danielle Dawson '22
- As states ban abortion, a new spotlight on an old battle over sex education (Religion News Service) | Riley Farrell '22
- Russia’s Jewish oligarchs, 4 months into the war on Ukraine: Where are they now? (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) | Madeline Fixler '22
- Here’s what to know about abortion access in post-Roe Wisconsin (Wisconsin Watch) | Samantha McCabe '22
- The Surveillance Threat After Roe Is Worse Than You Think (Washington Monthly) | William Norris '22
- Could fake news provoke violence in Kenya’s elections? (Coda Story) | Rebekah Robinson '22
- Who loses – and by how much – with legalized sports gambling in Kansas? (The Kansas City Beacon) | Marco Schaden '22
- After 2 fatal shootings, Burlington city councilors call on state lawmakers to approve local gun regulations (VTDigger) | Kori Skillman '22
- How Latinos Are Responding to the Overturning of ‘Roe v Wade’ (Futuro Media, Latino Rebels) | Chantal Vaca '22
The following are links to stories completed by Columbia Journalism graduates from the Class of 2021 during their internships at participating INN Member newsrooms.
- Wisconsin imprisons 1 in 36 Black adults. No state has a higher rate. (Wisconsin Watch) | Clare Amari '21
- The Pandemic Saw A Spike In Traffic Deaths. What’s Being Done To Stop It? (WAMU) | Katie Anastas '21
- A Chicago Cop Resigned After A Woman Was Found Dead In His RV. Now, Treasure Hendrix’s Family Wants Answers (Block Club Chicago) | Sara Badilini '21
- Charlotte celebrates first African American Marines with new street name (WFAE) | Damilola Banjo '21
- Covid-19 disinformation collides with climate conspiracy theories in Italy (Coda Story) | Marta Biino '21
- Pakistani refugee in NC cannot escape the images of trauma from a land he fled years ago (North Carolina Health News) | Nadia Bokhari '21
- Bigger. Older. Richer. Here’s how Utah is changing. (The Salt Lake Tribune) | Shane Burke '21
- In Ohio, a Special Congressional Race Might Test the Trump Effect (Washington Monthly) | Ella Creamer '21
- HPD Reviewing New Bodycam Policy After Judge’s Ruling (Honolulu Civil Beat) | Jacob Geanous '21
- Japan’s Plan To Discharge Nuclear Waste Into The Pacific Worries Island Nations (Honolulu Civil Beat) | Thomas Heaton '21
- “The entire system is not designed for men”: how America silences and fails to help Native American men who survive domestic violence (Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting) | Norma Hilton '21
- Little fires everywhere: Fires rose by 26 percent in San Francisco last year (Mission Local) | William Jarrett
- South Sudanese refugees are making a home, and a church, in Central New York (Religion News Service) | Jessica Mundie '21
- Climate change could make Virginia’s Tangier Island uninhabitable by 2051 (Science News) | Trishla Ostwal '21
- How the rise of copper reveals clean energy’s dark side (New Mexico In Depth) | Gitanjali Poonia '21
- The Obscure Organization Powering a Race to Mine the Bottom of the Seas (PassBlue) | Anna Bianca Roach '21
- ‘You can’t think yourself out of racism’: Black religion scholars call for conversion (Religion News Service) | Renée Roden '21
- People are using coded language to avoid social media moderation. Is it working? (PolitiFact) | Kayla Steinberg '21
- Harlem is home to an important part of Jewish history in New York (Religion News Service) | Nidhi Upadhyaya '21
- San Diego hospitals delay compliance with landmark price transparency regulations (inewsource) | Chloe Wynne '21
- Dallas PD Expands Controversial, Though Successful, Mental Health Response Program (Next City) | Hayley Zhao '21
Information on how INN-member newsrooms may apply to the 2023 program will be announced shortly.
Information on how Columbia Journalism School students can apply to the 2023 program will be announced shortly.
About the Institute for Nonprofit News
The Institute for Nonprofit News strengthens and supports more than 350 independent news organizations in a new kind of news network: nonprofit, nonpartisan and dedicated to public service. From local news to in-depth reporting on pressing global issues, INN’s members tell stories that otherwise would go untold – connecting communities, holding the powerful accountable and strengthening democracy. INN programs help these news organizations develop revenue and business models to support strong reporting, collaborate on editorial and business innovation, share services and advance the diverse leaders who are forging a new future for news.