Opportunities: Internships, Jobs, Fellowships

Here is a running list of opportunities related to internships, fellowships and jobs, as discovered by UConn Journalism faculty. Date of posting in red.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) Awards


Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) Awards, deadline Monday, January 31, 2022

SURF Awards provide up to $4,500 to support UConn undergraduate students’ intensive engagement in summer research or creative projects. Come learn about the program at upcoming virtual information sessions:

-          Wednesday, December 8, 4-5pm

OUR advisors are available during December and January to answer questions and review draft materials. Students can make a SURF advising appointment here.

UConn IDEA Grants


UConn IDEA Grants, summer funding deadline - Friday December 10, 2021

The UConn IDEA Grant program awards funding to support student-designed and student-led projects, including creative endeavors, community service initiatives, entrepreneurial ventures, research projects, and other original and innovative projects. The December deadline is for summer 2022 projects (developed in spring 2022, implemented in summer 2022, shared in fall 2022); a second application deadline on March 11, 2022 is for academic year projects (developed in summer 2022, implemented in the 2022-23 academic year, shared in spring 2023).

Bilingual Editor – The Meriden Record-Journal


The Meriden Record-Journal is looking to hire a bilingual editor to oversee its growing Latino Communities Reporting Lab.

The Lab launched in March 2021 after a 5-month listening tour of the community. The lab’s mission is to amplify the voices of local Latino communities, including to provide empowering, fact-based news, information and resources for our Latino communities; to shine a light on injustices and inequities to promote greater understanding and a more inclusive community for everyone; to showcase the successes and contributions of Latinos as a way of inspiring young people to expand what they consider possible.

The bilingual news editor position involves planning, supervising, and creating news content for publication in print, online and social media for a Latino audience in central Connecticut.

Apply here: https://lnkd.in/dD9i43Nd

Reporter Jobs at Hearst Connecticut Media Group


Hearst Connecticut Media Group is looking to fill three local news reporter openings: one at the News-Times in Danbury, one at the Connecticut Post and one at the Greenwich Time. There are also two audience producer roles open.

Reporter: https://lnkd.in/ddF4n_ED

Producer: https://lnkd.in/dBG_xrUn

Hartford Courant Reporter Openings


The Hartford Courant is looking to hire two journalists -- one to cover criminal justice and courts and the other to report on Hartford. Contact Rick Green at rbgreen@courant.com.

Open Positions at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace


Susan Schoenberger, the Director of Communications at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace (the former Hartford Seminary), reached out to tell us that they are hiring for two positions: a communications coordinator – preferably a good content producer with social media experience – and an events coordinator. These jobs are good for someone  "looking for a place that values professional development and has an amazing mission (world peace!)"
Communications coordinator: https://lnkd.in/d7afcCZy
Events coordinator: https://lnkd.in/dfdMqTHG

Reporter Jobs at the Waterbury Republican-American


Waterbury Republican-American Managing Editor Anne Karolyi informed us of some reporter openings in her newsroom.
"We cover Northwestern Connecticut with authentic, ethical, impactful journalism across platforms and with community service top of mind. Experience is great; we'll also coach newcomers to our craft with our reporters and editors who appreciate getting reporters on a good path to tell engaging, vital stories readers need and want."

Popular Science Internship in Magazine and Online journalism


UConn Journalism alum Purbita Saha '12, a senior editor at Popular Science, is looking for science journalism interns: "Here at Popular Science, we love geeking out about breakthrough research and finding compelling science, tech, and DIY angles to mainstream topics. We’re authoritative without taking ourselves too seriously, and we like writing about weird animals as much as about the ongoing climate crisis. To help us in this quest, PopSci hires interns throughout the year to work with us remotely."

The position can be part-time or full-time for roughly 12 weeks, though we’re flexible on exact dates. Primary duties encompass writing for both the website and the quarterly digital magazine. That includes news stories, service guides, creative explainers, front-of-book pieces, and sidebars, as well as learning how to fact check, managing CMS duties, and participating in big editorial brainstorms. When time and resources allow, interns may also work on graphics, podcasts or embark on a longer, feature-length projects.

Ideal intern candidates have a passion for science reporting in the fields of health, environment, technology, DIY, physics, sustainability, and/or consumer goods, as well as a demonstrated interest in magazine, online, and/or multimedia journalism.

Interns are paid $15 an hour for their work. We’re flexible on start and end dates. Summer 2022 internship application deadline is March 15, 2022. See under "internships" on how to apply: https://www.popsci.com/contact/

JOB: Digital Producer at The Hartford Courant


UConn Journalism alum Megan Merrigan '14, who is the Director of Audience Engagement at The Hartford Courant, has a job opening on her team. The main responsibilities would be home page and social media production, along with authoring the Courant's 5 Things daily newsletter. 

Learn more and apply: https://careers-tribpub.icims.com/jobs/4632/content-editor/job


Applications open for the UConn Co-op Legacy Fellowship – Change Grants


UConn undergraduates in all majors, including Journalism, can apply for up to $2000 in funding to support community service, research, advocacy, and social innovation projects that represent the legacy of the UConn Co-op and their commitment to public engagement, innovation, and social impact.

Projects need to be student-designed and/or student-led. Applications are accepted from individuals and from small groups (no more than 3 people) who will be working collaboratively or co-leading an initiative.

Deadline: November 30, 2021

Learn more: https://ugradresearch.uconn.edu/change.


Internship Opportunity

11/05/2021:  The Post and Courier in beautiful Charleston, S.C., is seeking applications for its paid summer internship program. We are looking for talented students or recent graduates to spend 10 weeks working with the Post and Courier newsroom as a temporary full-time reporter, photographer/videographer, page designer/copy editor or digital journalist. We will accept three interns this year.

The 10-week experience will be designed around the strengths and goals of the interns we hire. In your cover letter, describe your ideal internship, share how you would use it to grow and what you would bring to our collaborative newsroom.

Photo intern candidates should send a cover letter, resume and samples of their best work to Visuals Editor Matthew Fortner at mfortner@postandcourier.com.

All other candidates should send a cover letter, resume and samples of their best work to Local News Editor Keith Kohn at kkohn@postandcourier.com.

The application deadline is Dec. 1.


Part-Time Job Opportunity

11/03/2021: Mike Thompson at the Rivereast News Bulletin is looking for a part-timer to write three stories a week out Glastonbury way.
He can be reached at bulletin@glcitizen.com.

UConn Undergraduate Law Journal seeking submissions

11/01/2021: The recently revived UConn Undergraduate Law Journal aims to enable all undergraduates to exhibit their legal research. The Journal will be curated by and for the undergraduate student body to showcase its best and most cogent work, and it aims to uphold a level of professionalism and academic prestige in its curation. Journal submissions for the Fall 2021 semester are now open. Journal submissions are accepted by our journal board on a rolling basis. This may be a place for students taking our JOUR3020:Journalism Law course to publish their research. More information: https://sites.google.com/uconn.edu/uconnlawsociety/journal

Hartford Business Journal & New Haven Biz in search of freelancers

10/29/2021: Connecticut’s top and award-winning business publications, Hartford Business Journal and New Haven Biz, are in search of freelance writers.

We are looking for freelancers who can take on weekly assignments for either publication. The freelance position could also evolve into a part-time role. We are looking for writers who can handle a variety of assignments from soft feature stories to more in-depth trend pieces. 

The right freelancers will be individuals who are dependable, can meet deadlines and are enterprising. If interested please reach out to editor Greg Bordonaro, at gbordonaro@hartfordbusiness.com.

Washington Press Club Foundation Webinar: POLICY AND POLITICAL REPORTING

10/29/2021:  Add policy expertise to your resume to better your job prospects. Understanding and interpreting policy decisions for an audience is useful for any reporter covering politics or national news. A background in policy or a specific beat will not only help your resume stand out from others but can also lead to some unexpected and successful career paths. Join us as our panel of seasoned journalists share how they used their knowledge of leading policy issues to land an entry level job or build a successful career as a policy expert and published author.  Learn how you can begin, through college course selection, personal study, or on the job experience, to grow your knowledge of policy and enhance your resume. The event will be held on November 5, 2021 at 1 pm EST on Zoom.

Moderated by Shawna Thomas, Executive Editor, CBS Mornings. Panelists are:
  • Khorri Atkinson, D.C. Courts Reporter, Law360
  • Amy Carlile, Managing Editor, E & E News
  • Bob Cusack, Editor in Chief, The Hill
  • Richard Rubin, U.S. Tax Policy Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
RSVP to programs@wpcf.org for your Zoom link

Join UConn Model United Nations


Interested in journalism and photography? Join the staff of UConn's Model UN conference! We meet Thursdays at 6:30pm in Austin 108 and virtually. Contact either exec@ucmun.com or james.shiang@uconn.edu.

UConn Model United Nations is recruiting members, specifically for the position(s) of Press Corps Staff. This position places an emphasis on photography and journalism. 

ASME 2022 Magazine Internship Program


ASME is now accepting applications for the 2022 Magazine Internship Program. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2021. Information about the Magazine Internship Program can be found at asmeinternship.org. 

The Magazine Internship Program gives preference to students who have been nominated by academic departments and career-guidance offices over other applicants from the same school. Colleges and universities are encouraged to nominate no more than two students. 

WEBINAR: PUBLIC INTEREST OR NEWS BIAS: Why do Some Stories Dominate and Others Fade Away?

10/14/2021: The Washington Press Club Foundation is pleased to host a series of webinars connecting aspiring journalists to Washington, DC reporters, editors and bureau chiefs. These programs are specifically designed for journalism students to gain practical insights into the changing culture and practices of media organizations as preparation for your future job search.

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 1 pm EST 

WEBINAR: PUBLIC INTEREST OR NEWS BIAS: Why do Some Stories Dominate and Others Fade Away? 

Recently the story of a young, White woman missing from a camping trip with her boyfriend dominated news cycles.  Why? Does audience interest drive this attention or is the need to cover click-bait type stories coming from within the newsrooms?  Does lack of diversity in the newsroom play into these decisions?  Are newsrooms responding properly to the need for diverse voices to ensure fair and accurate reporting?  Of equal importance, are diverse sources, which add viewpoints that may not be traditionally covered in the mainstream media, included to balance these stories?  

Our panel of experts will share how they navigate the fascination for these national obsessions with equal and fair news coverage. 

 Also learn how to improve your skills by developing diverse sources in your reporting. 

Shawna Thomas, Executive Editor, CBS Mornings University of Southern California Moderated by Shawna Thomas, Executive Editor, CBS Mornings University of Southern California

Kristen Go, Executive Editor, News and Initiatives, USA Today  University of Nevada-Reno Astead Herndon, National Political Reporter, The New York Times Marquette University Joshua Jamerson, National Politics Reporter, The Wall Street Journal  Ohio University Catherine McKenzie, Executive Producer GMA3 & ABC News Live  St. Olaf College Keith Woods, Chief Diversity Officer, NPR  Dillard University

On the panel: 
Kristen Go, Executive Editor, News and Initiatives, USA Today  University of Nevada-Reno
Astead Herndon, National Political Reporter, The New York Times Marquette University
Joshua Jamerson, National Politics Reporter, The Wall Street Journal  Ohio University
Catherine McKenzie, Executive Producer GMA3 & ABC News Live  St. Olaf College
Keith Woods, Chief Diversity Officer, NPR  Dillard University

Send an email to programs@wpcf.org to obtain the Zoom link for "PUBLIC INTEREST OR NEWS BIAS: Why do Some Stories Dominate and Others Fade Away? "

Entry Level Job: Fact-checker Editor, Outside Magazine

10/6/2021: This role will entail fact-checking print and digital features, packages, and news stories, as well as developing and maintaining our stable of freelance fact checkers. They will also write and report news stories for Outside Online and Outside magazine. If you’re new to the outdoor world but passionate about the topics we cover, please don’t hesitate to apply. https://outside.breezy.hr/p/91d1ae5ed112-assistant-editor

Hearst Journalism Fellowship Program

10/6/2021: The Fellowship is a two-year program focusing on journalism in a changing digital world. This program consists of two 12-month rotations at our top metro papers - San Francisco, Houston, San Antonio, Albany, and one of our papers in Connecticut. Fellows will receive training, mentoring and real-world experience alongside top journalists who are using cutting-edge tools to tell stories through data, video, and more. Hearst Fellows are full-time employees with competitive salary and benefits, including health insurance, relocation allowance and housing stipend depending on location. Deadline: February 2022.  https://hearstfellowships.com/faq/

Webinar: The Needed Competencies of Visual Editors

10/6/2021: Oct. 12, 2021 What makes a great visual editor? Part therapist..counselor...traffic cop...Swiss Army knife...coach...juggler...entrepreneur. Learn the traits of high performers - professional, communication, management, leadership and entrepreneurial. 

The Kalish Workshop

10/6/2021: In-person workshop June 5-11, 2022, at Rochester Institute of Technology. Applications open October 1st.  The Kalish Workshop is an inspirational and intense five-day experience led by award-winning faculty and staff members who focus on the editing and decision making aspects of visual storytelling. It is designed to benefit anyone who touches photography and video with a narrative storyline across platforms.  https://www.kalishworkshop.org/apply

Digital Editor, Associate, Bloomberg News

10/6/2021: The Associate Digital Editor edits and creates news content, harnessing the capabilities of digital platforms and tools. https://bloomberg.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Bloombergindustrygroup_External_Career_Site/job/Arlington---1801-S-Bell-INDG/Digital-Editor--Associate_92021

WBUR Newsroom Fellowship

9/10/2021: The WBUR Newsroom Fellowship is a yearlong program for journalists eager to pursue a career in public media. Applicants should be recent graduates or early-career journalists who are ambitious, hold a passion for public radio, are looking to build reporting and production skills, and have a demonstrated experience with and commitment to advancing issues of underrepresented voices in public radio. The fellowship provides hands-on training in every aspect of public media journalism. Fellows will develop their skills under the guidance of WBUR’s editors and producers and will have opportunities to work alongside newsroom journalists. More information: https://www.wbur.org/inside/2020/08/04/wbur-boston-introduces-a-yearlong-newsroom-fellowship-journalism 

Job: Sports Reporter at Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, Mass.

9/9/2021: The Daily Hampshire Gazette has an opening for a full-time sports reporter. The focus is primarily on community sporting events, with area high schools at the forefront, as well as the various local colleges and universities, headlined by the University of Massachusetts — a Division 1 institution. The sports reporter will write game stories, features, etc., covering a wide-variety of topics and subjects. The news organization is looking for creativity and a reporter who will be bold pitching story ideas and content for print and online. Experience with photography and video is a plus.  More information: https://www.journalismjobs.com/job-listing/1668626

Job: Western Mass News in Springfield is hiring a weekend morning producer

8/31/2021: Western Mass News in Springfield, Massachusetts is hiring a weekend morning producer. UConn Journalism alumna Olivia Hickey says this is an awesome foot in the door for other opportunities. She said, "Let students know they should not let the experience intimidate them. There are lots of people at WMN who started off in this business here. They are looking for people willing to put the work in!" More information: https://meredith.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/EXT/job/Massachusetts-Springfield-2/News-Producer-WGGB_JR10553

Conference: Learn about Community Journalism at the Radically Rural Summit 2021

8/31/2021: Attend sessions on community journalism at the Radically Rural Summit 2021, September 22-23, 2021. Local journalism, a bedrock for informed and successful small communities, is under threat. More and more towns are losing their local news sources to the economic upheaval facing the news business and dramatic changes in the ways people get their information. We know that when a trusted local news operation leaves a town, taxes increase, bond rates worsen and community economic development suffers. Radically Rural seeks to provide ideas, solutions, and models for news organizations and communities to ensure the financial health of those operations so that residents can stay informed.  Free student tickets are available. There is a virtual attendance option. Request free tickets by emailing Radically Rural co-founder Terrence Williams at twilliams@keenesentinel.com.

The Day: Editorial Page Editor job

8/13/2021: The Day Publishing Company is looking for a dynamic individual to be the Editorial Page Editor (EPE) for The Day of New London and theday.com. The position requires strong leadership qualities and collaboration skills and a willingness to take on controversial subjects. The Day has a long history of speaking with a strong voice on issues that impact the local communities it serves, as well as state-wide issues Candidates should have at least five years of newsroom experience and the skills necessary to utilize all digital platforms. View full job description on LinkedIn. 

The Connecticut Mirror: Sourcing Internship, Fall 2021

8/16/2021: The Connecticut Mirror is looking for a student sourcing intern who can a) follow-up with our reporters to capture race, ethnicity, and gender of all sources in stories they write, b) reach out to organizations / community leaders to seek referrals of people they think might be interested in being included in our sourcing diversity data base, and c) reach out to potential new sources to be included in our sourcing diversity data base. Internship for credit. Also pays a stipend. Contact publisher Bruce Putterman for more information: bputterman@ctmirror.org

The Connecticut Mirror: Membership/Audience internship, Fall 2021

8/16/2021: The Connecticut Mirror is looking for a student intern to help with social media, audience analytics, newsletter aggregation, data entry, generating reports. Internship for credit. Also pays a stipend. Contact publisher Bruce Putterman for more information: bputterman@ctmirror.org

Turley Publications: Staff Writer job

8/11/2021: Award-winning, family-owned Turley Publications, based in Palmer, Massachusetts is seeking a curious storyteller who understands how town government works to join our team of reporters for our weekly papers. Experience in covering town government is a huge plus, and any experience in community journalism is as well. Successful candidates must have people skills, boatloads of curiosity about everything and be able to tell stories of all kinds. If you enjoy community journalism we encourage you to apply for this position. Qualifications should include a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience, willingness to get the story whatever it might be, the ability to ask difficult questions and persevere, comfortable writing hard news, features and event coverage, possession of a camera and photography experience, ability to write clean copy in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment and proficiency in Associated Press style. Explain in a cover letter why you would be a good fit for a staff writing position at Turley Publications, and send it along with a resume and three writing samples to Managing Editor Eileen Kennedy at ekennedy@turley.com.

Hartford Business Journal: Digital Media Internship, Fall 2021

8/6/2021: Hartford Business Journal is looking for a digital media intern, someone who is really savvy on social media and writing for the web. This would be an unpaid internship, for credit. Interns would get a lot of great opportunities, potentially even managing some of our social media accounts. We are looking for ways to beef up our social media traffic. They will be able to get clips as well, mostly writing for the web. Contact Editor Greg Bordonaro for more information, gbordonaro@hartfordbusiness.com