2020 INN/Columbia Journalism Internship Program

The Columbia Journalism School Internship and Grants Program will fund internships for up to 25 M.S. and M.A. level graduates from the class of 2020 at INN member news organizations.

Applications for Newsrooms


  • Applicants must be INN member news organizations in good standing with a paid internship program, and commit to paying the intern according to their organization’s internship payscale.
  • Internships should be 10 to 12 weeks long and full-time positions. Internships must begin between May and December of 2020, and complete no later than March 2021.
  • All or part of the internship may be completed remotely if the organization has the capacity to supervise a productive remote internship experience, and at the discretion of the news outlet and the intern.
  • If your organization has committed to hosting an Emma Bowen Foundation intern in 2020, please continue to honor that important commitment.

Applications from Newsrooms

  • Applications for INN member news organizations wishing to participate in the Columbia internship program open April 20 and close April 27 at midnight PST. As part of the application, news organizations must include a description of the internship position.
  • A committee from the Columbia Journalism School and INN will review applications and select news organizations to participate in the program. Those organizations will be notified of their selection by May 4.

Intern Hiring Process

  • Once selected, news organizations’ internship position descriptions will be distributed to eligible graduating M.S. and M.A. students at the Columbia Journalism School.
  • News organizations receive applications directly from students if students choose to apply to the position. Organizations review applications, conduct interviews, check references and make an offer in accordance with their organization’s procedures.
  • Organizations should notify any selected interns by June 15.
  • News organizations cover all payroll taxes, workers compensation and other employment benefits offered to temporary staffers of 40 hours/week, and are responsible for all local, state and federal employment tax, payroll filings and compliance with HR requirements.

Payment Process

  • Host organizations will be reimbursed up to $8,000 at the end of the internship period after invoicing INN, providing payroll documentation supporting the invoiced amount and a completed W-9.

Please contact Sara Shahriari, INN’s director of leadership and talent development, with any questions at sara.s@inn.org.