For the Third Year, Internship and Reporting Grants Program to Fund Paid Opportunities for Graduating Columbia Journalism Students | Columbia Journalism School
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For the Third Year, Internship and Reporting Grants Program to Fund Paid Opportunities for Graduating Columbia Journalism Students

Columbia Journalism School is proud to collaborate with two non-profit news organizations for a third year to provide graduating students with paid internships and reporting grants to support their transitions to professional newsrooms.

The Columbia Journalism School Internship and Grants Program will support as many as 30 full-time, 10- to 12-week paid internships at non-profit media newsrooms through a partnership with the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN). Recent graduates will cover local communities with regional news outlets, as well as report international stories with national outlets. 

The grants program will also offer a $50,000 fund administered by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting that will award individual grants to 2022 graduates so they can continue their graduate theses or develop other stories for publication. These reporting grants will also fund local news and international reporting.

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 is supporting three internships, two at Religion News Service and one at Jewish Telegraphic Agency, all to be administered through INN.

The recent investments in graduating students complement existing postgraduate fellowships offered through Columbia Journalism School. These efforts recognize that students and newsrooms continue to need support as they cover ongoing news stories in the U.S. and elsewhere.

In the internship program, graduating students will work as reporting interns covering issues ranging from local to international, during the summer or fall months. In the collaboration, INN has arranged for outlets from its 300-member news organizations to recruit and select graduates from the class of 2022 into paid editorial reporting jobs.

The Pulitzer Center will solicit proposals from the class of 2022 to report on enterprising stories focused on crises anywhere in the world.

Students in all of the school’s master’s degree programs, including international scholars, will be eligible to apply directly to the INN employers who will oversee their work.


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.

About the Pulitzer Center
The Pulitzer Center, founded 16 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.

About Columbia Journalism School
For more than a century, the Columbia Journalism School has been preparing journalists in programs that stress academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry, and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened in 1912 and offers a Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Data Journalism, a joint Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Journalism, The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism and a Doctor of Philosophy in Communications. It houses the Columbia Journalism Review, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, The Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights, and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. In addition to the Pulitzer Prizes, the school administers many other leading journalism awards, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes, the John Chancellor Award, the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, the Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, the Mike Berger Awards and the WERT Prize for Women Business Journalists.