Knight CUNYJ Summer Internship Program

Knight CUNYJ Summer Internship Program We are looking to bring 20 aspiring journalists to New York City this summer. We pick up transportation costs and put students up in dorm housing in Harlem

Thanks to a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism launched a diversity initiative in the Summer of 2015 to address underrepresentation in U.S. newsrooms and build a stronger pipeline of academically excellent and digitally trained minority journalists. The initiative repeats in Summers 2016 and 2017. The Knight-CUNYJ Summer Internship Program brings 20 aspiring journalists to New York City for two months — June and July — to participate in an all-expenses paid training and internship program. There’s also a competitive component to the program — at the end of each summer session, the five top fellows are given a free ride to earn their master’s degrees at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, if they apply and are admitted to one of our M.A. programs. The inaugural Summer 2015 session is now history. To be eligible for the next session in Summer 2016, applicants must: A) Be rising seniors during the summer of 2016 or be recent college graduates who received a bachelor’s degree in May 2014 or later. B) In addition, applicants must attend or have graduated from senior colleges that are classified as historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) or Hispanic-serving Institutions (HSIs); or applicants must be members in good standing of one of the journalists of color organizations — including the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA), the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) or the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA). Here are some additional details: – Fellows receive free transportation to and from New York City – within the United States – to participate in the program. – Fellows get free Unlimited Ride 30-day MetroCards, one in June and one in July, for use on the MTA NYC subway and bus system. – Fellows get free dorm housing, provided at The Towers at the City College of New York. – The dorms are a short walk to the 125th Street subway station, where students can take the A or D train and be at the J-School’s Times Square location within minutes. – Participants get one-week of digital classroom training from CUNY J-School faculty followed by 7-week summer internships, which we help them secure, at news outlets around New York City. – If the internship is unpaid, the intern receives a $3,000 stipend to help pay for summer living expenses.

Mission: The purpose of Knight CUNYJ’s program is to address underrepresentation in U.S. newsrooms by helping build a stronger pipeline of academically excellent and digitally trained minority journalists

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