JPIC Premier Internship Program

The Premier Internship Program recruits, mentors, and places the top Journalism and Public Interest Communication students from the University of Washington in internships at select outlets around Puget Sound.

These internships are hands-on positions for students who are reliable, can work independently, and have some experience in journalistic coursework. One of the largest benefits for students in the Premier Internship Program is that once you are vetted by UW faculty, you are placed at the outlet, without the pressure and time of applying in a general pool of interns. Students are interviewed before placement, and mentored throughout the experience. Most internships are 20 hours per week, one-quarter, paid positions that allow students to earn course credits if they’d like. Available internships vary each year depending on the needs of employers.

Applications to the Premier Internship Program are accepted on a rolling basis. Most placements occur midway through the preceding quarter. Available positions will be posted here as they are secured during the year.

Currently available internships

The International Examiner Premier Internship:
The International Examiner Premier Intern will report and create content for the regional pan-Asian Pacific American community, while also focusing on the thriving International District of Seattle. The selected intern should be able to work diligently in a tightly knit community and build connections, report ethically, and hit deadlines for both print and online work. There are opportunities to help with social media as well if the intern is interested. The candidate will be guided by editors at the International Examiner and will attend editorial meetings weekly. Students who apply for this role must be able to work independently and the intern is eligible for a $50/week stipend for the quarter and course credit is available. Students may choose remote, in-person, or hybrid attendance and reporting.

My Ballard Premier Internship:
The Premier Intern for My Ballard will report and create content for the Ballard neighborhood and surrounding communities in Northwest Seattle. The right intern should be well-acquainted with the coverage area. The position will require about 5 stories or around 20 hours per week as assigned by the editor as well as any pitches that the intern produces. The intern will be guided through weekly check-ins with the editor and collaborative editing throughout the week. Familiarity with WordPress is a plus. Students who live in or near Ballard will be given priority for this internship. Students may choose in-person or hybrid attendance and reporting. The intern receives a $500 stipend over the quarter and course credit is also available.

To apply to the program, please email Associate Teaching Professor Caley Cook ckcook@uw.edu with two items: 1) a personal statement of no more than 500 words that outlines what you would bring to a Premier Internship, and 2) an updated resume.

For internships available to all Communication students, please see the undergraduate internships page.