TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama’s journalism department held an informational meeting on Tuesday night for student’s interested in Dow Jones News Fund internships. Dow Jones offers college students prestigious paid internships at major news organizations every summer.
While only 10-20% of applicants are accepted, Tom Arenberg, a graduate teaching assistant in the department, said he doesn’t want to discourage any student. “Acceptance into the program is a great resume credential in itself,” he said, telling students, “I’m glad you want to give it a try, and I’ll help you out.”
Students must apply on Dow Jones’ website and submit a resume and transcript as well as take a rigorous editing test. Those selected are assigned to a university for seven to ten days of intense pre-internship training before being assigned to a news organization for ten to 12 weeks. Students may state a preferred region, but Dow Jones decides where they will study and work based on the needs of the partnering news organizations.
In past years, students have worked for prestigious organizations such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Interns are asked to do real-world reporting and writing for their news organizations. Dow Jones offers four programs: news editing, sports editing, business reporting, and digital media.
According to Arenberg, Alabama has had multiple students accepted in the past five years. “There’s no harm in applying, though it is competitive,” he said. Acceptances are a “feather in the cap” of both the department and the students. Those interested should email Arenberg at email@example.com. Applications are due by November 3 for the summer of 2015. For more information, visit the college internships page at www.newsfund.org.