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The J. Edward Grimsley Fellowship for Journalism

This fellowship was created to allow William and Mary undergraduate students to gain practical journalism experience during the summer.  Mr. Grimsley graduated from the College in 1951 with a degree in Government.  Now retired, he is the former editor of the Richmond Times Dispatch and has won numerous awards from the Virginia Press Association. 

In 2014 the Charles Center will award one $3,000 fellowship to a student doing an unpaid internship in journalism. 

Requirements
  • Must dedicate a minimum of seven full-time weeks to the internship
  • Must not receive funding from other sources
  • Must be a continuing undergraduate student (i.e., not a graduating senior)
  • Applicants are responsible for securing their own internships
Application

Click on the links for more information

Deadline
  • All parts of this application are due by noon on Friday, May 2, 2014.
How to Apply
  • Access the online application by clicking this link
  • Create an account using your email.wm.edu address
  • In the Preliminary Questions section select Summer Internship-Grimsley as the program for which you are applying
  • Already have an account/have applied for a Charles Center scholarship before? Visit the FAQs page for instructions on how to start a new application.
  • Fill out the application form and upload the required documents (resume, personal statement, letter from supervisor)
  • Register your recommender. Your recommender will submit your letter through the online system. Once you have registered your recommender, s/he will receive an email with instructions on how to submit the letter. Please alert your recommender to look for this email (it may go to a spam folder). The system will notify you once the letter has been submitted.  You may submit your application before your letter has been uploaded. Visit the FAQs page for more information on recommendation letters.
  • Sumbit your application
Application Materials

Application Form
The online application form as for your contact information and internship information.

Resume
The resume can be uploaded (as a Word document or PDF) or typed directly  into the online application. It should be no more than two pages maximum.

Personal Statement
The personal statement can be uploaded (as a Word document or PDF) or typed directly into the online application. The personal statement should be no more than 1 page, double-spaced. It should describe the following:

  • What you expect will be your duties and routine as an intern
  • What is your interest in the position-- why it fits with previous academic or extracurricular activities 
  • What you hope to gain from the experience

Internship Certification Letter
Upload a letter or email from your internship supervisor or agency that includes the following information:

  • Confirmation of your internship position
  • Name of your supervisor
  • Location of the internship
  • Number of hours per week and number of weeks you will work
  • Confirmation that the position is unpaid

Letter of Recommendation
The recommendation letter must be from a W&M faculty member who is best able to attest to your suitability to undertake your proposed internship. This would be someone who knows you and your work well. You should discuss your internship opportunity with the faculty member before applying. If you would like to have someone other than a WM faculty member to write your recommendation letter, you must get permission from Lisa Grimes prior to applying.

International Travel Insurance
If you plan to travel internationally for your research, the Charles Center requires you to get insurance for your time abroad. The Global Education Office at the Reves Center strongly recommends that you purchase Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) insurance. Read more about CISI and how to purchase it from the Reves Center.

Travel Warning
If you plan to travel to a country which is on the State Department's Travel Warning list, you must petition for approval from the College under the W&M Travel Warning Policy. Prior to submitting your Charles Center application, you must submit your petition to Sylvia Mitterndorfer, the Director of Global Education and receive approval. There will be a place on the Charles Center online application to indicate your petition submission date and approval date. 

Petitions for summer 2014 Charles Center-funded travel/research/internship in a country under a Travel Warning must be received by Sylvia Mitterndorfer, Director of Global Education by 5:00 pm on Monday, February 17, 2014. Please contact the Director of Global Education for information on the petition process.