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Journalism & Democracy Internships

Ready to take your interest in journalism to the next level?

A free and independent press is fundamental to American democracy.

Through the Journalism & Democracy Internship, we offer W&M undergraduates the opportunity to propose, design, and take part in a unique internship to hone their research and writing skills as a practicing journalist. 

Working in a media organization alongside a mentor of their choice, interns learn tools of the trade directly from practitioners in the field.  Interns receive a $4,000 stipend. 

Applications are no longer being accepted for Summer 2023.  Applications for Summer 2024 will be available beginning Nov. 1, 2023.


Applicant must be:

  • a student in good academic standing.
  • a continuing undergraduate student (i.e., not a graduating senior).
  • eligible to work in the United States on or before May 1 of the internship year.
  • available to complete ten full weeks of intern and research activities in the summer.
  • Internships will have a research component with specifics to be arranged with the internship supervisor. Students receiving internship funding are required to blog about their research experience during the summer on the Charles Center Summer Research Blog.
  • Students are required to participate in the annual Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium, typically held at the end of September. 

Your application for the Journalism & Democracy internship includes:

  • Journalism & Democracy Internship Application form (online)
    • You will be asked to enter the names of two references :
      • One reference must be a faculty member who has taught you in class.
      • A second reference may be a former supervisor, acquaintance, etc. who can speak to your ability to be successful in the internship.
  • Cover letter, addressed to the Charles Center, which explains the following:
    • the media organization, its location, the nature of the internship you are proposing, as well as the specific contact(s) in the organization, with whom you have arranged the proposed internship
    • why you are interested in the Journalism & Democracy internship
    • the skill sets, academic preparation, and special interests or experiences you possess that qualify you for the internships you selected
    • why you consider yourself a good fit for your chosen internships
    • your personal qualities that make you suitable for this opportunity
    • how this internship relates to your career and academic goals
    • what you hope to gain from this experience
  • Writing sample, ranging from 3 to 5 double-spaced pages
    • The writing sample should be a reflection of your ability to conduct research and craft an argument using primary and/or secondary sources. This can be an essay for a class, independent research, a journalistic article, etc.
  • Resume
  • Banner (unofficial) transcript
    • To access your unofficial transcript, log in to Banner at, navigate to the “Student” tab, select "Student Records" and then “Student Profile.” On the left-hand menu of your student profile, click “Unofficial William & Mary Academic Transcript.” Select “Undergraduate” and “Web Self-Service” on the drop-down boxes. This will take you to your unofficial transcript; right click anywhere, select “Print,” and select the destination as “Save as PDF.”

Applications are no longer being accepted for Summer 2023.  Applications for Summer 2024 will be available beginning Nov. 1, 2023.

For more information or questions about the internship program, please contact Maxwell Cloe at [[mmcloe]].