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College Internships

For College Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students
DJNF provides paid summer internships in digital media, business reporting, news editing and data journalism for juniors, seniors and graduate students. Data journalism is a new pilot program. The deadline for summer 2016 internships was Nov. 3.  

For News Media Requesting Interns
Enrollment is open for news organizations to request 2016 summer interns. Use this easy link, no need for a password: Intern Request Form. Media pay the Fund $1,200 per intern for digital, news copy editing, data journalism and business reporting programs to help offset pre-internship training costs and some intern travel.  
Questions? Contact Linda Shockley at or (609) 520-5929. 

Read endorsements from interns and their supervisors here.

Program Descriptions
For Juniors, Seniors and Graduate students 

Each program provides free pre-internship seminars and weekly salaries for at least 10 weeks. Click this link to download an internship brochure. Students are assigned to media based on academic performance, DJNF scores and news outlet requests. Interns who return to college full-time receive $1,000 scholarships. 
In the Digital Program, The Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University in Phoenix trains

Digital alumni see future need for three critical skills. Learn more here.

digital interns to create digital products, produce multimedia components, manage social media, analyze web traffic and a wide array of other duties. The 2015 class produced a multimedia project on a Phantom of the Opera production at Gammage Theater. Experience it here: 

Students selected to work at newspapers, websites and other media  in the News Copy Editing Program, attended the Centers for Editing Excellence at Temple University, the University of Missouri, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Texas.
In the new Data Journalism Program, interns will work on computer-assisted and data journalism projects after training with Investigative Reporters and Editors at the University of Missouri. 
Business Reporting Program interns cover business news and attend a one-week residency at New York University before reporting to their jobs. Memberships are provided in the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Click the link for a look at the 2015 residency. Students can also use this application form to apply for internships at American City Business Journals markets around the country. In 2015, eight students worked in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Baltimore after attending a separate training session at New York University.

Study for DJNF's Editing and Business Reporting Exams
Old tests and answer keysApplicants take a one-hour copy editing and digital exam or business reporting exam which was mailed to professors on their campuses who act as monitors. Click Review the Monitors List here or the link above to see who is giving exams. Students can study past versions of the digital and editing exam at, a website for copy editing professors, students and professional copy editors. For more recent versions of the tests, click here

Click on these links for past versions of the business reporting exam:

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