Exclusive Fellowships and Internships | Columbia Journalism School

Exclusive Fellowships and Internships

After graduation, students have the opportunity to land numerous special paid postgraduate reporting positions ranging in length from three months to a year. Some of the opportunities are based at Columbia. Others are located at news outlets in the U.S. and abroad. Opportunities evolve yearly. The companies listed here are those who participated recently. Application information will be available here.

Exclusive Opportunities through the Journalism School

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Cross-Borders Data Investigations Fellowship

Several fellowships of at least six months with fellows focused on the collection and analysis of data to find patterns and explanations to complex globalized problems. The Cross-Borders Data Project is supervised by Kristen Lombardi, Columbia Journalism Investigations Editor and Post-Graduate Reporting Program Director, and Giannina Segnini, Knight Chair and Data Journalism Director. 

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Global Migration Reporting Fellowship

At least two reporting fellowships of at least six months on gender and migration, focusing on U.S. immigration law, border politics, international refugee policy, and more that contribute to the Global Migration Project. Supervised by Kristen Lombardi, Columbia Journalism Investigations Editor and Post-Graduate Reporting Program Director.

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Hidden Epidemics Reporting Fellowship

Six- to 12-month-long fellowship with fellows reporting on climate change and communities of color. Columbia Journalism Investigations is supervised by Kristen Lombardi, Columbia Journalism Investigations Editor and Post-Graduate Reporting Program Director.

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Columbia Journalism Investigations Reporting Fellowship

Several fellowships of at least nine months with fellows working on one or more investigative reporting projects and who are focused on the collection and analysis of data and documents and other investigative techniques to identify patterns and connect dots on complex problems. Columbia Journalism Investigations is supervised by Kristen Lombardi, Columbia Journalism Investigations Editor and Post-Graduate Reporting Program Director.

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Columbia Journalism Investigations Voter Access Project Fellowship

Two six-month fellowships on voter access and disenfranchisement in the U.S. The Voter Access Project is supervised by Kristen Lombardi, Columbia Journalism Investigations Editor and Post-Graduate Reporting Program Director, and Stephen Stirling, Project Editor.

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Columbia Post-Doctoral Research Scholar

One 12-month Columbia J-School fellowship working for Dean Steve Coll on various research and book-related projects.

Exclusive Opportunities at News Companies

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AARP

Editorial associate reporting fellowship; six months in Washington, D.C.

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ABC News David Jayne Fellowship

Broadcast/digital reporting fellowship; 8 weeks in London. Airfare provided.

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ABC News Frank Reynolds Fellowship

Broadcast/digital reporting fellowship; 8 weeks in Washington, D.C.

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Al Jazeera Media Network

Provides an opportunity for two graduates to work at Al Jazeera's English headquarters in Doha, Qatar; three months, starting in September. 

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BBC News

At least one multimedia fellowship; three- to six-month summer multimedia fellowship in New York City.

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BBC News Video Fellowship

At least one digital/video fellowship; six months in the Washington, D.C. bureau.

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Brown Institute | Stanford University Department of Political Science

Criminal justice and media criticism reporting fellowship; 10 weeks, remote. 

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Brown Institute in partnership with Consumer Reports Digital Lab

Two research assistants focusing on data collection and volunteer data; 10 weeks, remote.

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Bustle

Up to two reporting fellowships; 13 weeks in New York City.

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Cannabis Wire

One 12-week, part-time reporting fellowship in New York City. 

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Coda

Journalism video fellowship; six to nine months in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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CoinDesk

Reporting fellowship focused on blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency economy; three months in New York City.

Connecticut Mirror

One Investigative Researcher Fellow; one year in Hartford, Conn.

Eurasianet

Editorial associate with focus on reporting in Eurasia, including Russia, Ukraine, the South Caucasus and Central Asia; three to four months in New York City.

Financial Times

One CJS/SIPA Exclusive: Financial Times US Diversity Fellowship; six months in New York City.

FRONTLINE

Two enterprise journalism fellowships; one year in Boston.

Grupo Clarín

Up to two internships; 10 weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Insider, Inc.

At least one fellowship in reporting, video, editing or social media; six months in New York City.

La Stampa San Paolo Fellowship

Two to three reporting fellowships, which include weekly salary, housing and transportation; 12 weeks in Turin or Rome, Italy.

McClatchy Video/Audio Fellowships 

Two full-time, temporary positions in McClatchy bureaus across the U.S.; six months (locations vary).

NBC News Richard Engel Unit 

Three months in London (U.K. work authorization required).

Nikkei Asia

Reporting Internship; 8 weeks (summer) in New York City.

Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford

All expenses paid for two graduates to study at Oxford University and the Reuters Institute; three months in Oxford, U.K.

Richemont North America + Brown Institute for Media Innovation

Reporting Fellowship; 10 weeks (summer) in New York City.

TELEMUNDO

Fellowship in the News division; 12 months in Miami.

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The Real Deal

Two fellowships; 12 weeks in New York.

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting | Post-Graduate Reporting Fellows

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 for a second year with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to provide graduating students with reporting grants to support their transitions to professional newsrooms.

Columbia Journalism School established a $50,000 fund in 2021 and a $50,000 fund in 2020, administered by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, to award individual grants to graduates so they can continue work on their theses or develop other freelance stories to be pitched for publication. These reporting grants have also funded local news reporting and international reporting.

The Pulitzer Center solicited proposals from the class of 2021 in Spring 2021 and from the class of 2020 in Summer 2020 to report on enterprising stories focused on crises anywhere in the world. Reporting Fellow selections are made jointly by the Columbia Journalism School and the Pulitzer Center based on applications that include project proposals. Fellows receive mentorship from the Pulitzer Center team, which also pairs each Fellow with an adviser who has a particular interest or expertise in the Reporting Fellow's proposed project.

The reporting grants are funded by generous alumni of the school, and the international 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. Recipients of the international grants are known as the Li Center for Global Journalism Fellows. 

The Pulitzer Center, founded 15 years ago, is dedicated to raising awareness of underreported global issues through direct support for quality journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of outreach and education to schools and universities. The Columbia Journalism School is a member of the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium, with an emphasis on support for the school’s documentary filmmaking students.

In the inaugural year, 18 reporting grants were awarded to members of the Class of 2020. 

2020 Post Graduate Reporting Fellows and Project Topics

Stories included:

In the second year, 10 reporting grants will be awarded to members of the Class of 2021. 

2021 Post Graduate Reporting Fellows and Project Topics

We will announce the selection of additional Fellows in September 2021.

Read More: Reporting Fellow Stories and Projects: Articles, photography, multimedia, and field notes by Reporting Fellows, published by the Pulitzer Center and other news media outlets.

Institute for Nonprofit News | Internship Program

Institute for Nonprofit News

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 and in 2021 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 reporting grants are funded by generous alumni of the school, and the international 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. Recipients of the international grants are known as the Li Center for Global Journalism Fellows. The Scripps Howard Foundation supports four of these internships at Religion News Service 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. 

Employers: Join Us

Partner with us to create a post-graduate fellowship or internship position in your newsroom. For more information, please contact Lauren Mack, Program Manager, Office of Career Development: lem2111@columbia.edu.