John R. Wilhelm Foreign Correspondence Internships
The Institute’s John R. Wilhelm Foreign Correspondence Internship Program funds several internships each year through endowed scholarships. Since 1970, more than 200 journalism majors have received such support, traveling to approximately 30 countries.
Applicants must be earning a degree in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, have significant reporting experience, and must complete the Foreign Correspondence capstone course, which is offered each fall semester. In addition, the International Mass Media course (Jour 4660/5660) is recommended.
The number of applicants ranges from a dozen to a maximum of about 20 each spring. From that number, 4-5 interns are selected for support. The chances of being selected depend on the applicant’s journalism background, including previous internship experience, as well as academic record. Knowledge of a foreign language is a plus, and is required for students who travel to countries where English is not widely spoken.
A School of Journalism selection committee consisting of faculty members selects scholarship recipients in early spring. Scholarships usually are sufficient to cover the costs of food, lodging and air fare. Internships are arranged by the students who receive funding.
Most assignments begin in the fall, but the timing of the internship is flexible depending on the individual student’s schedule and the needs of the news organization. Because selected students will be working for different companies in different countries, there is no standard list of duties interns will be assigned. In the past, interns have done everything from check wires to edit copy to cover breaking international news. Every assignment is different.