Cultivating a diverse talent pipeline with an emphasis on investigative journalism, audience development and engagement is essential in propelling the nonprofit sector’s ongoing innovation and growth. Each partnership brings interns and fellows with different skills and experiences to the table. Explore our partnerships below.
Columbia Journalism School and INN partner to match M.S. and M.A. level graduates with INN member newsrooms for paid internships with a focus on explanatory, investigative and data reporting. The Columbia Journalism School Internship and Grants Program supports full-time, 12-week paid summer or fall internships at nonprofit news organizations through the partnership. CJS provides a salary reimbursement for participating INN members.
Applications for INN members for summer and fall 2024 are open and will close January 12, 2024. Learn more and apply here.
The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and INN are teaming up to connect graduate students from the school’s “Newmark J-Corps” program with INN member organizations for eight-week summer internships in 2024. In CUNY’s 16-month graduate school, these students specialize in at least one media format — print, video, broadcast TV, documentary, photo, audio or data journalism. There are also interns who are participating in the school’s master’s programs in bilingual reporting (Spanish + English). For non-profit news organizations that are unable to support a paid intern, the school has a 1:1 stipend match program for a limited number of newsrooms.
Applications for INN members to host summer 2024 interns are OPEN and close January 5, 2024. Learn more and apply here.
The GNI Fellowship in Digital Marketing connects INN member news organizations with recent college graduates who have completed a digital apprenticeship at COOP, an initiative that equips low-income and first-generation graduates of public colleges with the digital skills and peer connections they need to overcome underemployment. Fellows hold full-time, 6-month paid positions working on community engagement, digital marketing, digital communications and audience growth. Mentorship is a critical component of this fellowship, and host organizations should have a full-time staff member dedicated to digital strategy who will guide the fellow’s work. Past fellows worked on growing social media reach, streamlining workflows across platforms and designing surveys to improve newsletter readership engagement. Participating newsrooms will be reimbursed up to $30,000 per fellow toward salary and payroll expenses. Read more about the program here.
Please contact INN’s Sara Shahriari if you are interested in hosting a 2024 fellow.
Emma Bowen Foundation and INN partner to bring EBF Fellows into more than 20 INN member organizations each summer. These undergraduate fellows are exploring careers including sales, human resources, marketing, journalism, finance, production, software development and engineering. The program is part of INN’s strategic initiative to cultivate a diverse talent pipeline essential in propelling the nonprofit sector’s innovation and growth, with generous support from Democracy Fund. Learn more about the Emma Bowen Foundation here.
Please contact INN’s Sara Shahriari if you are interested in hosting a 2024 intern.
The Missouri School of Journalism partners with INN to match five undergraduate and graduate-level students with newsrooms to work on projects including membership models, audience engagement, newsletter development, analytics and live event planning. The internship program selects diverse students to place into newsrooms, particularly in audience and product positions, where they can build management and leadership experience. Meet the 2023 interns.
Applications for INN members for summer 2024 are closed – please email INN’s Sara Shahriari if you are interested in hosting a 2025 intern.
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Director of Leadership & Talent Development
Sara Shahriari helps nonprofit newsrooms develop effective and forward-thinking leaders who advance the industry in both journalism and financial sustainability.