Opportunities 10.1.13


Dow Jones News Fund (DJNF) Summer 2014 Internships
The DJNF places top juniors, seniors and graduate students from across the country in full-time, paid summer internships at companies like: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post, The Dallas Morning News and others.

There are positions in news copy editing, sports copy editing, business reporting, digital journalism. See the full description of offerings here.

Not only will be you paid for the internship, but if you return to school for your final year, you are eligible to apply for a $1,000 scholarship from the DJNF. Last summer, four Cronkite School students received the DJNF scholarship.

Part of the application process is to take a copy editing test.

The DJNF copy editing test will be held on October 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cronkite School in Cronkite #444 on the fourth floor. Professor Leslie-Jean Thornton will proctor the test.

In order to preview and prep you for the test, Faculty Associate David Gordon of The Arizona Republic will hold two 45-minute review sessions on:

Monday October 7
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Cronkite #222

Tuesday October 8
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Cronkite #222

If you are interested in attending one of these prep sessions (which is highly recommended), please RSVP by 3:00 p.m. October 4 to Stephanie Acuna at Stephanie.acuna@asu.edu.

The Dallas Morning News
A recruiter for the Dallas Morning News will be at the Cronkite School on Wednesday October 16 to interview juniors, seniors and graduate students for summer 2014 paid internships.

Please send resume and clips to cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu by October 10.

The Chicago Tribune
A recruiter for The Chicago Tribune will be at the Cronkite School November 4-5 to interview juniors, seniors and graduate students for summer 2014 paid internships.

Please send resume and clips to cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu by October 21.


Spring 2014- EmpowHER Health Writing Internship
We are seeking an exciting internship opportunity for students studying or hoping to gain experience working with a women’s health and wellness website. Our intern will have the opportunity to produce high quality articles surrounding the ever-changing world of women’s health and wellness.

EmpowHER’s interns must have excellent personal management skills; organizational skills; ability to think creatively; creative writing skills; an understanding of standard grammar and strong proofreading skills; the ability to improve written material for consistency, clarity and flow as well as sentence structure, grammar, spelling, punctuation, knowledge of the Associated Press writing style, fact-checking and research.

•Write and edit original health, wellness and medical articles in accordance with The Associated Press style guide and EmpowHER standards;
•Work with editors to brainstorm topics relevant to women’s health, general health news, national health observances and EmpowHER’s editorial calendar;
•Choose and size photos relevant to content;
•Manage deadlines and deliverables for content campaign execution;
•Work with EmpowHER’s marketing and editorial team to promote and publish content on the site and across social media channels.

•Must be able to provide 3-5 writing samples;
•Must have a working knowledge of the Associated Press Style Guide;
•Strong written and verbal communication skills;
•Have the ability to write 3-5 articles each month.

Contact: Jenny Housh jhoush@empowher.com

EmpowHER is an award-winning social health company for women. EmpowHER.com provides visitors access to one of the largest women’s health and wellness content libraries on the web, as well as the largest online community of women discussing their health and wellness issues. EmpowHER promotes a “24 Hour Promise” to its visitors, who can come to the site, ask any health question and receive a response within 24 hours. Millions of women visit EmpowHER.com every year, making it one of the largest and fastest-growing resources dedicated exclusively to women’s health and wellness.

SparkPoint Studio, a hybrid PR, branding and social media agency and book publisher based in Tempe off of Mill Ave, is seeking a new “Spark” intern to join our fast-paced, growing company. You’ll work with an evolving roster of clients in book publishing, consumer tech and more. Through our BookSparksPR division, you’ll have the opportunity to develop and execute campaigns for a long list of New York Times bestselling and talented debut authors in women’s fiction, suspense, memoir, family/parenting and Young Adult genres. Our interns get hands-on experience and build a strong skill set in writing, national media relations and marketing communications, storytelling, media materials development, content strategy, copywriting, book publicity, magazine style writing and pitching and social media.

If you’re ready for a fun, exciting internship, contact crystal@sparkpointstudio.com

Social Media INTERN
U-Haul Corporate Headquarters
U-Haul International
2727 N Central Ave

This position will work with the social media team to perform industry research particularly as it relates to the online space. This person will need to be experienced in using social media, business writing and research, and be familiar with monitoring key terms in order to provide analysis and bench-marking social media and online strategies. This position requires the ability to interact with personnel from all levels within the organization.

Program Objectives:
Develop understanding of online monitoring, research and reporting.
Obtain high level skills in business writing for documentation, analysis and bench-marking.

Technical Skills:
High proficiency in MS Office Suite
Experience with Social Media (required)
Ability to analyze data and consolidate information
Experience in business writing and journalism

Performance Skills:
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Superior time management and organization skills

Junior or Senior status enrolled college student
GPA 3.0 or greater in major
Ability to work 15-20 hours per week. Flexible with school schedule (between 8am-5pm)
Bachelor enrolled students are paid @ $15.00/hr

Apply here.

Contact: Anne Collins


Broadcast Education Association (BEA)
The BEA is offering scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students interested in broadcasting. The awards range from $1500-$5000. Details of each scholarship and application instructions can be found here.

International Radio and Television Society Summer Fellowship (IRTS)
Want to spend a summer working in NYC and have someone else pay for travel housing and living expenses?
Take a close look at the IRTS fellowship. Deadline to apply is November 3.

When: June 1 – August 2, 2014
Where: New York, New York
Application Deadline: Sunday, November 3, 2013, midnight EST

Expense-Paid Opportunity: Travel, housing, and living allowance included.
Eligibility: Extremely competitive. Students must be college juniors, seniors, or graduate students as of May 2014.

The Summer Fellowship Program, the most notable student out-reach effort of IRTS, teaches up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world through an expense-paid fellowship, which includes practical experience and career-planning advice. Each year college juniors, seniors and graduate students are selected nationwide to participate in the nine-week Summer Fellowship Program.

Read more details and how to apply at IRTS Summer Fellowship.

Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM)
The application process for the 2014 Association for Women in Sports Media internship/scholarship program is now open. Students have until Oct. 31, 2013 to apply.

Applicants must be full-time female college students seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree during the 2013-14 school year. In order to apply, students must provide: basic contact information, a headshot, a letter of reference, contact information for three references, a resume, up to five clips/work samples and a short essay.
Membership in AWSM is not required, however, members pay $10 per application and non-members pay $20. Students also have the option of joining AWSM for $25 and then paying $10 for their applications.

Students can apply for internships in the following categories: newspaper/online, broadcast, public relations and magazines. Each applicant can apply in as few as one category and in as many as all four categories.
This summer will be the 25th year of the AWSM internship/scholarship program. AWSM has worked with nearly 40 different employers in the history of the program including long-time partners ESPN and Sports Illustrated.
Winners of the internships will be notified in December 2013/January 2014.

Please e-mail awsminternship@gmail.com with questions about the internship program.

See all of the details and how to apply by clicking AWSM.

Photojournalism Scholarship- James Alan Cox Foundation
Founded in memory of James Alan Cox, a television photojournalist, The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists aims to provide financial support to student photographers of high school and college age. Through a variety of funding, including equipment purchases and scholarships for college and technical school classes, the foundation’s mission is to expand educational and developmental opportunities for student photographers demonstrating interest, talent and financial need.

Type of Awards:

Five (5) $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to five (5) college or technical school students, payable to their school. Four awards will be for video work while one will be for still photography.

Starting in 2013, one (1) $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to one (1) graduate student, payable to their school, for video work.

Deadline to apply is November 15, 2013.

To see the full description and find out how to apply, click James Alan Cox Foundation Scholarships.

Scholarship for PR Students- The Lagrant Foundation (TLF)
TLF is now accepting applications for the 2014 scholarship program. In 2014, TLF will award 40 scholarships to ethnically diverse college students pursuing degrees in marketing or public relations. For the first time in the history of the Foundation, the applications are now open to art, anthropology, communications, English, graphic design and sociology majors who are pursuing careers in the marketing/public relations industries.

These 40 students will be recognized at the 16th Anniversary Scholarship Donor Recognition Reception in Minneapolis on Monday, May 19, 2014. Of the 40 students, 20 undergraduate students will receive scholarships of $2,500 each and 20 graduate students will receive scholarships of $5,000 each. This is also the largest number of scholarships ever to be awarded in one year.

Scholarship winners will receive a trip to Minneapolis where they will participate in career building
activities including a welcome dinner with a keynote speaker, a daylong career development
workshop and a scholarship & donor recognition reception.

Undergraduate (current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors ONLY!) applicants meeting the
following criteria and completing the online application will be considered for The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF)
scholarship in the amount of $2,500.

Eligibility Criteria:
• Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
• Must be a member of one of the following ethnic groups: African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific
Islander, Hispanic/Latino or Native American/American Indian
• Must be a full-time student at a four-year, accredited institution, carrying a total of 12 units or more per
• *Must have a minimum of 2.75 GPA (if you do not meet this requirement, please see the application
checklist below)
• MUST major in a field of study that has an emphasis in advertising, marketing, public relations or in anthropology, art, communications, English, graphic design, sociology while maintaining a career focus in advertising, marketing or public relations
• Must have AT LEAST ONE YEAR to complete his/her degree from the time the scholarships are awarded in May, 2014
• Recipients MUST be available from May 18, 2014 through May 20, 2014. If chosen, the applicant MUST attend TLF’s scholarship activities as noted at top of page to receive the scholarship. The applicant must make a one-year commitment to maintain contact with TLF to receive professional guidance and academic support

Details and applications instructions can be found at Lagrant Foundation.


Fashion Blogger
Azfoothills.com is currently looking for a new fashion blogger to take over its Style Files fashion blog.

Here is a link to the details and application

This is a paid opportunity open to experienced students in fashion and journalism.

Volunteer– NASCAR
On November 7-10, Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) will be conducting its last major race weekend of the year, the penultimate rounds of the championships for NASCAR’s three major national touring series. We are looking for some aspiring journalists who are interested in experiencing sports reporting at the highest level to work as volunteer pit note reporters. As the next-to-last events of the NASCAR season, the races at Phoenix play crucial roles in the developing story lines that will end a week later in Florida. It is the job of the pit notes team to bring those story opportunities to the attention of the media.

Please note that pit note reporters are volunteer positions. The track will, however, provide food and beverages.

I am the editor of the pit notes at PIR. The pit notes are the basic bits of information used to keep the media informed of news events at the track during a race weekend. It is my job to decide what is important and what is not and then to put a brief record of the newsworthy item into the notes. They generally run 60 to 80 pages for an entire race weekend.

I obtain a significant portion of the information used in the pit notes by communicating by radio with various volunteer pit reporters (usually 4 to 10) and directing them where to go, who to speak with, and what to ask. The key is taking complete and accurate quotes (as you will see, these quotes are regarded as “gospel” by the media; they will be copied EXACTLY in newspapers and magazines) and doing so quickly. At the end of each race, pit note reporters will be assigned to either get quotes from several drivers or to attend the post-race news conference and get the quotes from other drivers about what happened on the track. Afterwards, pit note reporters would come to the media center and type the quotes (as quickly as possible) into a computer so that I can edit them and we can distribute them to the reporters. Because Phoenix is not in the Eastern time zone, it is important to get the information to the media as quickly as we can so that the stories that appear in the next morning’s newspapers on the East coast are as complete and accurate as possible.

The track will provide my staff with credentials providing full-access to the pits, garage area and media facilities. There is no assigned seat for this volunteer job and participants must act professionally at all times (e.g., requests for autographs, asking celebrities to pose for photographs, etc. are strictly forbidden). But the pit note reporters do get the opportunity to talk to the leading players in the sport (such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson) as well as other celebrities (Senators John McCain and John Kyl and Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona, baseball players C.J. Wilson, Sergio Romo, Brandon Webb and Randy Johnson, actor/singer Tyrese Gibson, comedian Arsenio Hall, and professional wrestler Sgt. Slaughter, and mixed martial arts champion Dominc Cruz have all attended recent races).

Working as a pit notes reporter is an opportunity that enables aspiring sports writers to see the sport from an unique perspective; I can add that almost everyone who has volunteered to do this work at the various tracks I have established this program has certainly enjoyed the experience (though it does tend be a physically draining endeavor).

Those who volunteer for the November 7-10 weekend will be able to take home a copy of the weekend’s notes to add to their clipping portfolio.

I can also provide contact information for current ASU students who have successfully participated in this program in the past; almost all plan to return (and those who do not return all want to – only school work or outside part-time employment limit their participation).

The November 7-10 race weekend will feature four races in four days, so events will be exceptionally intense. Friday and Saturday will be the most difficult days – they are the longest (in terms of most on-track action) and feature the most diverse activity (featuring practice and qualifying sessions for all four classes). We will have a staff meeting each day to discuss expectations for the current day and to discuss problems encountered the previous day and possible ways to overcome them.

I need a full commitment for all four days of action from anyone who wants to be a pit reporter. In extraordinary circumstances, I would consider a student working only on Thursday and Friday, but activities get lighter as the weekend progresses so I will not consider anyone who wishes to work only on Saturday and Sunday. Attached below is a copy of the weekend schedule.

A typical day at the track begins when the first on-track activity occurs (approximately 9 a.m.) and it ends about three hours AFTER the checkered flag falls; the notes produced after the end of the race are probably the most important. We generally conclude our duties three-and-a-half hours after the drop of the checkered flag. The track supplies food (at least lunch, possibly dinner) and beverages. Nobody is asked to work constantly during the practice sessions, but during the time trials and races, the pit note staff is quite active. Attached is the preliminary schedule for the race weekend.

If any journalism students are curious about this opportunity or if you have specific questions, I can be contacted by return eMail or I can be called at 253-220-2566 (despite the area code, I am based in New York so if anyone wishes to call, they should be aware that I am in the Eastern time zone. No calls after 8 p.m. Arizona time, please).

I certainly would be available to act as a reference for any student who successfully serves as a pit note reporter and I would gladly help them with a job description that could be used as part of a resume.

With the race weekend activities now just over one month away, I am trying to fill this staffing requirement as soon as possible. Ideally, I would prefer sophomores or juniors so that I might utilize their services at future events, but I will consider all applicants. Past knowledge of NASCAR or any form of auto racing would be helpful, but it is NOT necessary. However, I would like to see some examples of their work and to speak with some references who can discuss the applicant’s abilities and work habits.

(When communicating, please address him as “Mr. Chuhran.”)

Contact: John Chuhran


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