The Dow Jones News Fund (DJNF) focuses on the education of students and educators as a part of their mission to further promote careers in journalism. The DJNF is supported by Dow Jones & Co., Inc., Dow Jones Foundation and other members of the news industry. The DJNF operates a number of high school and college-level grant programs.
The DJNF offers internship opportunities in four areas: business reporting, news, multimedia and sports copy editing. Students are able to get hands-on experience working with and learning from those professionals who are currently working for the DJNF. In addition to the real-world experience that students get, each internship will also includes free pre-internship seminars plus training that will help students obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to enter this very competitive field.
Multimedia (Online) Editing Program – student interns will work as editors over the summer for various websites and will be trained at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
News Copy Editing Program - students who are selected to work at newspapers, websites and other media outlets will attend the Centers for Editing Excellence at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.; University of Missouri, Columbia; Pennsylvania State University and the University of Texas at Austin.
Sports Copy Editing Program – students working in the Sports Copy Editing Program will work at sports desks and will be trained at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Interested candidates can check out the DJNF blog for more information on the summer internship program. Information is available on the News Fund Program on the website in the “Journalists Road to Success.”
The DJNF offers paid summer internships for students working in each of the four programs – business reporting, news, multimedia and sports copy editing. In addition, students will receive training prior to starting their internship experience to help them gain the necessary knowledge and skills and to teach them what’s required to gain entry into the field.
Students interested in applying for a DJNF internship must be a junior, senior, or graduate student.
Students applying for the multimedia, news and sports copy editing internships must complete a controlled editing exam no later than October (please check website for exact date). Monitors are available at many colleges and universities across the country.
If your school does not currently have a designated monitor, you can request that a professor on campus to act as mentor and administer the exam on campus. If a professor is to administer the exam, please send an email with “editing exam” in the subject line to email@example.com, with the name, address, university, department, city, state, zip code, email address and office and home phone numbers of a professor who has agreed to be your monitor.
The business reporting test is a separate exam which must be requested by applicants on the application form.
Interested applicants can apply to all four programs. Applicants can register on the DJNF website.
Additional information on how to apply can be found on the website.
Check out the brochure on the Summer Editing & Reporting Internships.
Deadline to Apply:
The deadline to apply for a DJNF internship is usually around the 1st of November.
Additional Scholarship Listings can be found on the DJNF website offering information on opportunities available for students interested in journalism. The information on the Scholarship page provides opportunities available in journalism along with the contact information needed to apply for these programs.
ATTENTION: For News Media who’d Like to Request an Intern:
For news media who’d like to request an intern for summer 2012, please complete the Intern Request Form and select “Create a new login?” Employers choose “Hiring News Professional” as the User Role and all requests must be received before December (please check website for exact date). For more information, employers can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (609) 452-2820.