AAJA/Sports Journalism Institute Internship

College students interested in sports journalism can get specialized training, a paid sports news internship, a scholarship and industry contacts through the 2013 Sports Journalism Institute.

Applications are due to AAJA by Nov. 2.

The Associated Press Sports Editors established the institute to increase racial and gender diversity in the sports departments of America’s newsrooms. APSE formed partnerships with AAJA, the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists to connect the institute’s opportunities with college students aspiring to be sports journalists.

The program combines an intensive week of instruction from top professionals with an eight-week paid internship at a print, digital or electronic media outlet. Class session topics range from ethics to photo editing, to how to keep a running score at a baseball game to copy editing. Upon completion of the program, college students can receive a $500 scholarship.

The 2013 program starts with the training sessions taught by Poynter Institute faculty May 31 to June 8 at the University of Missouri at Columbia, followed by the internships.

Applications must be submitted to AAJA by November 2, 2012. To begin your application, you must login or create a free online account and click on “View Open Competitions” on your home page.

Eligibility is not limited to journalism majors. Applicants do not need to be AAJA members, but must sign up as members if selected.

Travel logistics, housing arrangements and internship placements are made by the institute.

Learn more about the Sports Journalism Institute.

“Both SJI and my internship at the Salt Lake Tribune helped ease my transition from college into the working world,” said Jack Wang, a 2012 SJI intern.
“Starting with a week-long boot camp in Missouri, I had a chance to improve as a reporter as well as gain numerous friends and colleagues in the industry. While Utah isn’t where young journalists usually dream of landing, I found great stories to tell — from covering cycling races to football games to wildfires.”




Since 2001, 10 students with AAJA have participated in the Sports Journalism Institute:

2001 – Daniel Kim, University of California, Berkeley

2004 – Gerald Tang, Northwestern University

2005 – Bryan Chu, University of California, Los Angeles

2005 – Melanie Ho, University of Ottawa

2007 – Stephen Lee, Rutgers University

2007 – Ann Liu, San Francisco State University

2008 – Stephen Chen, University of California, Berkeley

2009 – Anna Kim, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

2009 – Kyle Goon, University of Maryland

2012 – Jack Wang, University of California, Berkeley