Category Archives: Scholarships

Scholarship contest for college columnists

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation is offering a $5,000 scholarship to the winner of the Dear Abby College Scholarship Contest. The scholarship program is made possible through the support of Jeanne Phillips, who writes the nationally syndicated Dear Abby column.

Undergraduates (including seniors) writing bylined general interest, editorial or specialized columns appearing in print or online editions of college publications.

Submit three bylined columns (published 8/15/17 – 6/15/18) at entry per student. No entry fee required. Deadline for entry: June 29, 2018.

The scholarship winner will be determined by judges chosen by the foundation.

Contact Scholarship Chairman Mike Leonard by email at For more details on contest rules please visit


Student assistant for digital and social content, University Communications

Department: University Communications
Term: Spring 2018
Hours: 20 hours per week, with flexible scheduling during normal campus hours of operation
Salary: $9 per hour
Supervisor: Jason Nunemaker, Assistant Director – Content Management

Essential Functions:

  • Research, write, edit and coordinate a wide variety of content for digital and social media, including producing short videos
  • Assist with the redesign of the University’s alumni website, including rewriting content to align with the University’s new brand platform and strategizing and implementing ways to improve alumni’s experience using the site
  • Assist with email communications to alumni and other targeted audiences
  • Help build various webpages and forms, as needed
  • Though this position will report to the Digital Communications team, the student assistant will also work closely with the Alumni and Donor Communications team.
  • The student assistant will ideally start the week of Monday, Jan. 29, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will end by Friday, May 11.


  • All applicants must be enrolled in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. (The position is being funded by SJMC scholarship funds.)
  • Applicants must have completed at least one full year (preferably two full years) of undergraduate study, including coursework in areas related to the requirements of the position. They should also have some prior employment experience, with preference given to those who have completed a prior internship or have had other pre-professional experience with emphasis on the specific area of expertise.
  • Applicants must be able to prove strong technical skills, typically through a portfolio of samples specific to the role they desire (i.e. writing, social media, etc.)
  • The student hired must be confident and mature, and be able to act professionally at all times. Because the department handles sensitive and sometimes confidential information, student assistants are held to the highest level of trust and discretion.

Application Instructions:

  • To be considered for this opportunity, please send a resume and a short writing sample to Jason Nunemaker, Assistant Director – Content Management, via email at
  • Applications received by Friday, Jan. 26, will be guaranteed full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

Scholarships available for political institute in D.C.

The Washington, D.C.-based Institute on Political Journalism is now accepting applications for the Feb. 7 Priority Deadline. Through its Leadership Scholars Program, the Institute has at least 25 full scholarships to aid students in attending summer 2018 programs in Washington, D.C. Details may be found by clicking here.

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, and in partnership with George Mason University, the Institute on Political Journalism (IPJ) is an eight-week summer academic internship program that offers undergraduate students a first-hand look at the journalism and public relations in our nation’s capital through:

  • An internship placement in journalism or strategic communications
  • Courses for credit in economics and government
  • Exclusive lectures, briefings and professional development seminars
  • Housing in the heart of Washington, D.C. 

The goal is to provide students with hands-on experience in reporting, editing, interviewing and navigating the media landscape in Washington. For public relations students, we work to put them front and center with companies and organizations that provide a variety of services for their clients: crisis management, media promotion, advocacy campaigns, legislative and federal outreach.

Students should apply by Feb. 7 for priority admissions and scholarship consideration.

Visit for detailed information on the program. Contact Joe Starrs, Institute director, 202.986.0384 or  with any questions.  

RTDNF scholarship applications due

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation scholarship application period closes on Jan. 15.

It only takes a few minutes to apply for one of 8 scholarships (or 4 fellowships for recent grads). In addition to up to $10,000, recipients will get to:

  • Come to Excellence in Journalism, Sept. 27-29, 2018, in Baltimore, for three days of networking, job hunting and professional training 
  • Enjoy one year of access to all RTDNA member training and resources

Available awards include:

 Recent graduates are in luck, too, with 4 fellowships available:

  • N.S. Bienstock Fellowship for new professional journalists of color
  • Michele Clark Fellowship for new professional journalists of color
  • Oldfield Fellowship for national security reporting
  • Minnotte Fellowship for health reporting

Summer media fellowship in NYC

June 3 – August 4, 2018

APPLICATIONS DUE: SUNDAY, DEC. 3 (Midnight Eastern Standard Time)

Eligible students have the chance to participate in an exciting media industry internship in New York City that includes travel, accommodations and an allowance!

Students must be college juniors, seniors, or graduate students as of April 2018.

Students selected for this highly competitive program learn about opportunities throughout the media industry, in addition to interning at a specific company where skills are matched to a corresponding area of our business. Accomplished students from all majors (including math, liberal arts, computer science, business, marketing, communications, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

The IRTS Summer Fellowship Program has had a key role in launching the careers of top professionals in the media business for more than 45 years.

For detailed eligibility information and to learn more click here: 2018 IRTS SUMMER FELLOWSHIP DETAILS.


Summer Institute on Political Journalism

Taking advantage of a Washington, DC, internship is a valuable investment in your future that will set you apart after college. The comprehensive program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies includes:

  • An internship placement with a media outlet or communications firm
  • Courses for academic credit from George Mason University
  • Furnished housing located close to Metro rail stations, monuments and museums in Washington
  • Networking events, exclusive briefings, guest speakers and a mentor program


We’ve been creating academic internship experiences for almost 50 years and provide internship placements for all participants. Your options are endless – we work with over 200 different newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations, trade publications, as well as corporate and nonprofit PR organizations.

 Working in this powerful city will allow you to make professional connections and practice networking skills in a real-world setting. Washington, DC is the perfect place to explore a variety of career paths, and we work with each student’s unique goals and aspirations to match them with the most fitting internship site.


Below you’ll find just a sampling of our past internship sites:

  • CRC Public Relations
  • Fox 5 WTTG
  • The Hill Newspaper
  • Capitol  Hill Press Offices
  • kglobal Public Relations
  • Telemundo
  • The Washington Examiner
  • U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Voice of America
  • Z Communications


Follow us on Instagram @DCinternships to read a quote every week from a program alumnus. 

APPLY TODAY – 5% Discount

Applicants for the Institute on Political Journalism are encouraged to apply for the early deadline of Dec. 5, 2017 in order to receive preference in admissions and scholarship consideration, as well as a 5% tuition discount.


We strive to make the programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. Scholarships are awarded based on need and merit with over 70% of students receiving full or partial funding.

For more information and to be begin an online application, please visit Questions may be directed to or 202.986.0384.