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Cal Press wants to fund your intern

Cal Press wants to fund your intern

News editors and publishers with an interest in grant-funded interns in 2020: The application deadline is Nov. 22 for the California Press Foundation’s internship grants program.

The program will provide up to four $2,500 grants to college students who obtain newsroom internships in CNPA-Member newsrooms in spring or summer 2020. Also, Cal Press directors have earmarked one $2,500 grant for a most-worthy advertising or marketing intern.

Owen Yancher
Owen Yancher

Owen Yancher (UC Davis), a 2019 news intern at The Davis Enterprise, told Cal Press about his experience:

“One of the greatest thrills of working as a journalist goes along with the experience of being sent out on assignment on just minutes notice,” Yancher wrote.

“You head out to an event or crime scene or to shoot a photo and are expected to become an expert while learning every bit of information on the fly. It can be tough and it’s often frustrating, but it makes the final product all the sweeter.”

Other Cal Press-funded interns this year:

  • Meghan Bobrowsky (Scripps College, Claremont), news intern at The Sacramento Bee
  • Mari Lundin (Chapman University, Orange), news intern at Santa Monica Daily Press
  • Leah Woodfield (College of the Desert, Palm Desert), advertising/marketing intern at The Desert Sun, Palm Springs

Cal Press provides grants to select students who demonstrate an exceptional interest in pursuing careers in the news business in California. The students are required to pursue and secure the internship on their own. Internships, which can occur in spring or summer, must be full time and last at least six weeks.

The fall term is starting. Now is the time to contact a college adviser. Ask about top students. Inquire about college credit for internships. Find a promising student from your area and endorse their application. Need introductions? Please contact us.

Meantime, get application materials (pdf).