The Politics and Journalism Semester Internship | Paul Simon Public Policy Institute | SIU

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The Politics and Journalism Semester Internship

The Politics & Journalism Semester program is geared specifically for journalism students who can gain significant experience working full-time for a semester in the nation’s capital through the Washington Center for Politics and Journalism. The student will receive practical experience in covering politics and government in a fast-paced environment while learning about politics from the perspective of political practitioners and political journalists. One stipend of $3,000 will be available each year from the Simon Institute to assist an SIUC student accepted by the program.

Eligibility: The program is open to juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates. Applicants must demonstrate substantial interest in political journalism as a career goal. Strong preference is given to those with reporting, writing and producing experience at school or other papers and broadcast outlets; published writing samples are essential for print-oriented students.

Details: Visit for more details. You also can contact Terry Michael (see contact information in left sidebar).

Deadline for Fall Semester: 1st Friday in April

Deadline for Winter/Spring Class: 1st Friday in November

How Do I Apply?

To apply, please fill out our Student Opportunties Application

You may bring the application to the Institute (How Do I Contact/Find the Institute) or send it by email with the directions below.

To send by email:

1. Save PDF to desktop, fill out your information.

2. Save edited PDF and add as an email attachment.

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