Beginning in 1993, the School of Journalism Foundation of Kentucky began an innovative internship program for college and university students. With a belief that students needed hands-on experience during their college years as an impetus for a career in the newspaper industry, the foundation restructured its long-standing schoalrship program. In its place, the foundation began offering 10-week summer internships to college and university students.
Giving college journalism students experience in print journalism while providing a service to member newspapers is the purpose of the School of Journalism Foundation of Kentucky, Inc., internship program.
The foundation awards up to 20 internships each summer with Kentucky newspapers in editorial, advertising, photography and online journalists. Each internship is worth $3,000 and is paid from the foundation to the newspaper and in turn that amount is paid to the the newspaper's intern for summer employment.
Applications for students and for Host Newspapers are made available each September. Host Newspapers are selected by the Kentucky Press Association Past Presidents and all student intern applications are then shared among Host Newspapers, who are responsible for interviewing the students and then selecting the newspaper's intern.
Any college student who has completed his/her sophomore year is eligible to apply for a School of Journalism Foundation of Kentucky, Inc., internship. Students do not have to be a journalism or communications major to be considered for the program.
College journalism students and Kentucky Press Association member newspapers wanting more information about the internship program should contact the School of Journalism Foundation of Kentucky, Inc., which is based at the Kentucky Press Association central office in Frankfort.