Internship and Research Opportunities

Corporate Internships

  • INROADS. The mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.
  • United Negro College Fund lists both scholarship and internship information.

Federal Internships

  • Many of these government internships are designated for specific minority populations
  • The Washington Center: An independent nonprofit organization that provides internship programs to college students from across the country and around the world. Diversity Leadership Programs listings can be found here.

Biomedical Research

  • The co-op/internship positions listed at this website specifically focus on providing opportunities for minority students and students from underrepresented groups in the sciences and medicine.
  • Minority Access to research careers information here.
  • University of Kentucky Medical School Summer Research Programs for Undergraduates: Bucks for Brains Summer Research Program. Learn more here.

Student Affairs Internship

  • The NASPA Undergraduate Fellows program is a semi-structured mentoring program for undergraduate students wishing to explore and better understand the field of student affairs and/or higher education. Students and mentors apply as a pair, and if selected are provided the foundation to establish a semi-structured mentoring relationship at their institution. Students, once selected, are known as Fellows, and are given the opportunity to attend a national conference, participate in paid internships, and participate in the Summer Leadership Institute. 

Minority Internships in Journalism

Below are examples of just what’s available for those pursing journalism.

  • Chicago Sun-Times Minority Scholarship and Internship Program. Open to minority college students and recent college graduates who have graduated from a Chicago-area high school or have been a resident of the Chicago area for the past five years. Applicants must have an interest in newspaper reporting, editing, graphics or photography. Selected applicants receive a 12-week paid summer internship and a $1,500 scholarship payable to his or her school. Application must be postmarked by December 15. Winners will be notified by May 31. Please do not call to request an interview or personal visit. You may also request a detailed list of application requirements. To apply, send a comprehensive resume (include name, SS#, phone numbers, address, education information, extracurricular activities/interests and honors and employment history), two letters of recommendations, a 500-word biographical essay on why you want to become journalists and writing, editing or photography samples to: Martha Flores, Chicago Sun-Times, 401 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.
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  • Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Business Reporting Program. Up to 12 summer internships will be offered to college minority sophomores and juniors to work as business reporters at daily newspapers. All interns attend a one-week pre-internship training program (paid for by the Newspaper Fund and participating newspapers) before beginning their internships. Interns are paid regular wages by the newspapers where they work. Interns returning to school will receive $1,000 scholarships. Application deadline is November 1
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  • Hispanic Link News Service Internships. Two internships will be awarded to Hispanics aspiring to be journalists. Applicants will be judged on basic writing skills (emphasis on English language), journalistic potential and commitment to pursuing journalism as a career. Interns will cover all branches of the federal establishment with special focus on activities that affect the nation’s Hispanics. Internships carry a $20,800 annual salary. Apply in the spring and fall to: Charles Ericksen, Hispanic Link News Service, 1420 N St. N.W., Washington, DC 20005; email: info@hispaniclink.org; Tel: 202-234-0280; Fax: 202-234-4090.
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  • Kaiser Media Internships in Urban Health Reporting. Twelve summer internships are offered by eleven major metropolitan newspapers and three television stations to young minority journalists or journalism graduates interested in reporting on urban public health issues. Interns are selected by the papers and television stations. Interns attend a one-week briefing on urban public health issues and health reporting at the National Press Foundation before beginning the internships. Interns receive a 12-week stipend, travel and project expenses. For information, write: Penny Duckham, executive director, Kaiser Media Fellowships Program, Kaiser Family Foundation, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025; email: pduckham@kff.org; Tel: 650-854-9400; Fax: 650-854-4800.
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  • Knight Ridder Internships for Native American Journalists. Native American journalists are invited to apply for 10 to 12-week internships. Interns are placed in paid positions at Knight Ridder newspapers in the Midwest to pursue their career interests in reporting, writing, copyediting, design and photography. Successful interns may be invited to return to a Knight Ridder newspaper for additional internships and may be considered for future employment. Applications must be postmarked by January 3. For application information, contact: Ruben Rosario, coordinator, Knight Ridder Native American Internship, St. Paul Pioneer Press, 345 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55101; Tel: 651-228-5454; or Jacqui Love Marshall, assistant vice president, Corporate Learning and Diversity, Knight-Ridder Inc., 50 W. San Fernando St., San Jose, CA 95113-2413; Tel: 408-938-7700.
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  • Knight Ridder Rotating Internship Program. (Formerly Cap Cities/ABC Newspaper Internship.) A one-year training program in newspapers and online journalism for people of color. Successful candidates will work at several newspapers over the course of the year. Trainees receive a weekly salary, medical benefits and housing plus a moving stipend each time they move to another newspaper location. Trainees must have a car, insurance and valid driver’s license. For a list of participating newspapers and application requirements, write to: Knight Ridder Rotating Internship Program, Knight-Ridder, Inc., 50 W. San Fernando St., San Jose, CA 95113-2413; Tel: 408-938-7700.
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  • Messenger-Anderson Journalism Internship/Scholarship Program of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Up to $10,000 will be awarded to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender journalism/communications undergraduate college students. Those who plan to pursue a degree in journalism, communications or a related field at an accredited four-year college or university are encouraged to apply. The Messenger-Anderson Scholarship Award is $5,000 for the first year, followed by $2,500 each year for the next two years, bringing the award total to $10,000. Applicants must re-apply each year. Winners are required to participate in an eight-week Messenger-Anderson Scholarship Intern Program at the Task Force's New York City office during the summer. The postmark deadline for applications is February 24. Applications can be downloaded at here.
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  • Metcalf Institute Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting. This 10-month fellowship will support six minority journalists to study and report on marine and environmental science. Each fellowship includes a science immersion workshop focusing on environmental justice, four weeks of independent study with mentorship at the University of Rhode Island, and 37 weeks working as a reporter covering science and the environment at one of six news outlets including: Science Friday, NOVA Science Television/NOVA Online, The Providence Journal, and NPR-member station, WBUR. This fellowship is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and includes a $28,000 stipend to each fellow. These fellowships are available to six minority journalists with U.S. citizenship who work in print, broadcast or electronic media. The fellowship begins in September 2006. Applications must be postmarked by April 14, 2006. Application available at here. Contact: Fellowship coordinator, Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett, RI 02882. Tel: (401) 874-6211; email fellowships@metcalfinstitute.org.
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  • National Association of Black Journalists Summer Journalism Internships. Minority undergraduate sophomores and juniors enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university who are majoring in journalism or planning a career in the field are eligible to apply. Paid internships are 10 weeks during the summer at newspapers, magazines, and radio and television stations. Apply by November 1. For program details and application requirements write after August 1 to: Warren Paul, student services associate, NABJ, 8701-A Adelphi Road, Adelphi, MD 20783-1716. 
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  • The Oregonian Minority Internship Program. Minority journalists with a commitment to a career in newspaper journalism are eligible for this two-year internship that combines practical experience with professional mentoring in specialized areas. Midway through the second year, interns may apply for any staff openings available at The Oregonian. Graduate students and graduating seniors are eligible. Application deadline is February 1; program begins in September. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, college transcript, three references, 2 letters of recommendation from people other than references, a 500-word autobiographical essay, a goal oriented essay, and 10-12 work samples to: The Oregonian, Minority Internship Program, George Rede, recruiting director, 1320 S.W. Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, or visit the website here; email: jobs@news.oregonian.com; Tel: 503-221-8039.
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  • Philadelphia Daily News Internships. Open to minority college students with good academic records and some journalistic experience. Interns work during the summer as artists, copy editors in news or sports or as reporters in news, sports, features or business and earn $640 a week. Application deadline is November 30. To apply, send a resume, work samples and the names of three references to: Deborah Licklider, new initiative editor, Philadelphia Daily News, 400 N. Broad St., P.O. Box 7788, Philadelphia, PA 19101;email: licklid@phillynews.com; Tel: 215-854-5879; Fax: 215-854-5910.
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  • Virginia Press Association Minority Internships. Two internships will be offered to a Virginia resident or a student attending a Virginia college or university; juniors through graduate students are eligible. Deadline is March 15. For information, contact: Rachel Bailey, publications editor, Virginia Press Association, 11529 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen, VA 23005; email: rachelb@vpa.net; Tel: 804-521-7570; Fax: 800-849-8717.

Pre-Doctoral Internships

Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program (includes a summer internship for sophomores): The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement program awards grants to institutions of higher education for projects designed to prepare participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential. Institutions work closely with these participants through their undergraduate requirements, encourage their entrance into graduate programs, and track their progress to successful completion of advanced degrees. McNair’s goal is to increase the attainment of the Ph.D by students from underrepresented segments of society.