The Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship is a year-long dynamic experiential fellowship that blends educational opportunities with work experience to accelerate your career in journalism.
What You’ll Experience
- A world-class curriculum that examines the crucial role of a free press in society and the importance of innovation for the future of industry.
- Learn from industry leaders from local and national newsrooms across the country, including the major daily newspapers, the top digital sites and television news networks, as well as highly-experienced leaders from smaller and more specialized media entities.
- Full-time employment by one our participating organizations around the United States.
- Fellows will survey topics such as: media law, journalistic ethics, and source relationships; interviewing, reporting, and storytelling; digital tools, social platforms, and analytics; and a suite of immersive electives in professional skills and journalism.
You are passionate about journalism and telling inspiring stories, but you know there is more to learn and want to sharpen your skills. You're a hard-worker and self-motivated. You understand the importance of free expression and the role of the press in society. You describe yourself as a life-long learner. You work well independently but also enjoy collaborating with others. You know there are media outlets that can benefit from your knowledge and skills.
Knowledge and Skills You’ll Bring to the Fellowship
- Champion of free press and a passion for storytelling
- Eager learner with a growth mindset, open to continual self-improvement
- One to five years of experience in media and/or journalism
- Desire for a new network of journalist mentors and friends.
Learn more about the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship
The Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship believes that diversity in experiences, perspectives, knowledge and ideas fuels creativity, broadens knowledge, and helps drive success. Our admissions office treats all program participants and applicants with honesty, dignity, respect and sensitivity. We welcome all qualified applicants regardless of color, race, religion, religious creed, sex, gender or gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, ancestry, age, physical ability, mental ability, medical condition, pregnancy (including medical needs which may arise from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), military and veteran status, genetic information, marital or familial status, political affiliation, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.
The Koch Internship Program (KIP) is a paid, 10-week experiential learning program offered summer (June 1 - August 3, 2023) or fall (September - November, 2023) that offers meaningful work experience at non-profits all over the country tackling some of our nation’s most pressing challenges. Interns also virtually attend professional development sessions every Thursday from 10 am - 5 pm ET and are mentored by seasoned professionalsas they craft a capstone project on the topic that matters most to them. You must be available for the entirety of all sessions to be eligible to receive the $5,500 stipend.
What You’ll Experience
- Professional development that utilizes experiential learning to flip the classroomso that you direct your learning, developing the skills you need to succeedwith the support of experienced mentors
- A taste of what it’s like to work for our inspiring non-profit partners doing meaningful work in areas like Education, Criminal Justice, Poverty, Free Speech & Peace, Health Care, Immigration, Foreign Policy, Technology & Innovation Policy, and more. Typically, there are both remote/in-person and full-time/part-time roles ranging from policy, communications, fundraising, events, law, project management and beyond
- Tools, frameworks, and principles of progress that help you identify your aptitudes, hone your skillsets, and explore fulfilling career paths you may have never known existed
- Learning and applying the principles of Principle Based Management, a management philosophy developed by Charles Koch that helps maximize your contribution to your organization’s success, no matter your role
- Community-building with peers, mentors who can support you throughout your career, and our expansive alumni network
You are a current student or recent graduate exploring careers that help others improve their lives. Whether your passion for social impact involves revitalizing communities, government, education, or business, you have a drive to identify problems and get excited about finding new solutions that have meaningful results. You’re entrepreneurial, curious, and excited to become an effective leader in tackling the major challenges of our time.
Qualifications You’ll Bring to the KIP Experience
- You’re a lifelong learner with a growth mindset, dedicated to continual self-improvement
- You seek knowledge from any and all sources to help you learn and improve your thinking
- You enjoy collaborating with people of diverse perspectives
- You’re excited to take initiative and solve problems, embracing and driving positive change
- You’re interested in and passionate about solving the most pressing issues our society faces, transforming our world and impacting the lives of others
- You are geographically located in the United States and authorized to work in the United States
Standout Interns May Also Bring
- Prior experience related to advancing our vision
- Aptitude for leadership demonstrated through prior experience, either in a professional setting or outside the workplace
Successful candidates will interview with both Stand Together Fellowships staff and non-profit partner organizations, so we encourage you to apply today, giving yourself ample time to thoroughly explore the opportunities offered by our partners and find the role that’s best for you!Please complete your application through our website and check out ourFAQs for more details.
About Stand Together Fellowships
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Stand Together Fellowships believes that diversity in experiences, perspectives, knowledge and ideas fuels creativity, broadens knowledge, and helps drive success. Our admissions office treats all program participants and applicants with honesty, dignity, respect and sensitivity. We welcome all qualified applicants regardless of color, race, religion, religious creed, sex, gender or gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy (including medical needs which may arise from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), military and veteran status, genetic information, marital or familial status, political affiliation, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.