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Applications open: May 19, 2021
Application deadline: June 30, Midnight ET


The Society of Professional Journalists is seeking 10 interns for the SPJ News. Interns will cover the SPJ 21 Journalism Conference using a variety of digital approaches (video, social, audio, photos, written stories) that will be published online. Collegiate multimedia journalists are invited to apply for these select positions.

This year’s conference is set for September 2-4 in New Orleans, La. Selected interns will cover the conference on site. The internship begins with a mandatory staff meeting on Sept. 1, and ends Sept. 5 at Noon.


You provide:

— Energy, talent, great ideas and a good attitude
— Your transportation to and from New Orleans
— Your own laptop for writing and production (if you cannot provide this, please alert us ahead of time)
— Any tools you have that are capable of capturing/editing video, audio and photos (particularly if you're covering the conference on site)
— Money to cover out-of-pocket expenses (example: meals not provided by SPJ)


Want to join the SPJ News team at SPJ21? Hear what to expect, and some valuable tips for making it a successful venture, from the students who covered the Excellence in Journalism 2019 Conference in San Antonio.


2019 interns discuss their experience covering EIJ19 in San Antonio.

SPJ provides:

— Complimentary conference registration
— Complimentary four nights at conference hotel (interns will share the room with another intern)
— Some, but not all, meals
— Mentoring by professional journalists
— Networking venues
— A place to showcase your talents in front of many professionals


Eligibility

Applicants must:

— Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in journalism or a related field
— Not graduate before the start of the internship
— Be available from Sept. 1-5, 2021
— Not be a past intern of the SPJ News team
— Though membership in SPJ is not mandatory to apply, preference will be given to members of SPJ during the selection process. If not an SPJ member and if selected, we ask that you join SPJ

The following must be submitted or your application will not be considered:

— Completed application
— Cover letter (upload with application form)
— Resume (include three references with complete contact information and upload with application form)
— One recommendation letter
— Up to three working links or attached files with multimedia content you have written and/or produced, including stories, photos, slideshows and audio/video packages.
— Information about your existing social media footprint (Twitter, Vine, Tumblr, etc.).


Apply online

Click here to apply online. Please be ready to upload your resume, cover letter, one recommendation letter and up to three samples of (or links to) multimedia content you have written and/or produced.

Please note that applications without a resume, cover letter and samples will not be considered.


Questions about the SPJ News?

Contact SPJ News adviser Bob Butler.

Note: As an SPJ News intern, SPJ retains all rights to the work you produce during the conference as part of your internship.

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