8 Post-College Fellowships for Journalism Majors
Life after college can be tricky, especially when trying to figure out what your next professional move will be and what will look good on your resume. Should you get an internship? What job is best to accept? Would grad school be the next step to take? Or maybe moving abroad and doing volunteer work would be more fulfilling?
There are many decisions to consider, and one that shouldn’t be overlooked is a Fellowship. Typically Fellowships are an opportunity that combine professional experience with a focus on, on-the-job training and education. Unlike internships, in which work is usually done for free, Fellowships are typically a paid opportunity that can include benefits! Remember: it’s important to do your research because the eligibility requirements and application deadlines vary for different Fellowships and organizations.
Below are 8 Fellowships that may prove beneficial in your transition from college student to all-star journalist:
Based in Washington, D.C. or New York, NY, this year-long opportunity offers experience in a range of communication fields including editorial, marketing, client services, and research. There are two start dates, one beginning in January and the other in July.
In San Francisco or Washington, D.C., Fellows can work in areas such as editorial, social media, and public affairs, amongst others. After the Fellowship there is the opportunity for Fellows to continue at Mother Jones as a Senior Fellow, which not only increases the time period spent at the company, it also increases the stipend provided.
This Fellowship, which is year-long opportunity, is available for graduates who hold a Master’s degree. Fellows will most likely work in New York or Washington, D.C., although they may work in another location. The work includes reporting on, and raising awareness of, human rights issues.
Aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in communications, interested candidates have a variety of cities to apply to for the Fellowship. In order to be selected, candidates must show that they are passionate about ethnic or cultural diversity. Fellows rotate amongst areas within the company to gain different experiences. The Fellowship is paid, includes benefits, a mentor program, and can last 6 to 12 months.
If you’re a journalist interested in reporting on mental health issues, this Fellowship may be for you. While the Carter Center is based in Atlanta, Georgia, Fellows don’t need to relocate to take part in the Fellowship.
The Fellowship is an international journalism opportunity, in which the Fellow will work from an under-reported region and submit stories to NPR for three months.
One of many Fulbright programs, the Fellowship is supported by Fulbright (the U.S. Department of State), and National Geographic. The work is carried out internationally through different digital mediums such as photography, video, audio and social media. Lasting one academic year, Fellows will receive mentoring and have the opportunity to have their work shown by National Geographic.
Based in Stanford University in California, this 10 month Fellowship combines entrepreneurship and journalism with the goal of fostering innovation. With help from others at the university and in Silicon Valley, Fellows tackle a journalism challenge during the duration of the program. Accommodations are made for Fellows who have families. It is important to note that reporting isn’t a component of this Fellowship.
Polish up your resume and get your recommendation letters ready, there are opportunities out there waiting for you!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MARIELA S.M.
I’ve known I wanted to be an entrepreneur since I was a kid and this year I founded Verbatim Translations LLC, which specializes in English to Spanish and Spanish to English translations. In addition, I currently co-tweet about women’s sports and female athletes from @WMNSPORTSWORLD. In 2015 I graduated from Boston University with an M.A. in International Relations and International Communications, after completing a B.A. in Humanities from the Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico. Writing is a passion of mine and I’m enthusiastic about the opportunity to contribute to Women’s iLab. I also enjoy reading, listening to music, learning, and thinking that I would be a Gryffindor if I lived in Harry Potter’s world.