The Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association

National Internships


AAJA/NBC 2008 Summer Partnership

AAJA is pleased to announce the AAJA/NBC 2008 Summer Partnership for currently enrolled students who are of sophomore standing or above, attending an accredited college or university in the U.S. The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is now accepting applications for the AAJA/NBC 2008 Summer Partnership. NBC Universal will offer two students the opportunity to become NBC Fellows and join one of the following NBC Programs for summer 2008: America’s #1 morning news program “The Today Show”; or the top ranked evening program “Nightly News with Brian Williams”; Primetime NBC’s own “Dateline”; or one of NBC’s local Owned and Operated Stations. Two students will be provided a stipend in the amount of $500 a week for 10 weeks to live in New York City, totaling $5,000 for each student.

The 2008 AAJA/NBC Partnership internship application is now available. The deadline is April 11, 2008.


Sports Journalism Institute Program

Application Process

The Asian American Journalists Association continues its partnership with the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) in offering a slot in the APSE Sports Journalism Institute’s internship program. This opportunity is a nine-week training and internship program for college students interested in sports journalism careers. The program will run during summer.

The institute is designed to attract talented students to print journalism through opportunities in sports reporting and editing and to enhance racial and gender diversity in sports departments of newspapers nationwide.

Applicants must be college sophomores or juniors. Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated interest in sports journalism as a career and excellence on the required essay. Eligibility is not limited to journalism majors.

A crash course in sports journalism takes place at, where instruction will come from working professionals in daily sports journalism plus staff from Poynter. Class sessions will range from ethics to photo editing to how to keep running score at a baseball game to copy editing. Travel and room expenses will be covered.

Eight weeks of professional experience at a paid internship in the sports department of a daily newspaper (to be determined individually).

A $500 scholarship upon successful completion of the program for students returning to college.


National Public Radio Internship

National Public Radio (NPR) and the AAJA offer an opportunity for an AAJA student to become an intern at NPR in Washington, D.C. for the summer. The student chosen as an AAJA intern for NPR in Washington D.C., will also be a part of the AAJA’s Student Media Projects at our annual national convention. The internship runs from late May to the first week of August. The student receives a stipend for the 10 weeks. NPR assists in securing housing in the D.C, area. The intern is responsible for his/her own travel to and from D.C.

Associated Press Internship Program

This internship will be a twelve-week, individually-tailored training program for students who are aspiring print journalists. Twenty-two interns will be chosen for the entire program. The AP will strongly consider a candidate nominated by the Asian American Journalists Association.

If chosen, AP will contact you to schedule an interview and an appointment to take a timed news writing test at your local AP bureau. To locate your nearest AP bureau, visit their Web site at

Some of the highlights of the program:

You get to work in an AP bureau under the supervision of a designated trainer.

This is a paid internship.

You get to cover breaking news that may be featured in many media outlets.

If you are a full-time junior, senior (including fall 2008 graduates), or grad student at an American college or university when you apply, then you are eligible.

The program starts anytime between mid-May and mid-June, depending on your schedule.

The 2008 intern(s) have been selected. Check back at the end of 2008 for next year’s deadlines.


Siani Lee Broadcast Internship for Television

The Siani Lee Broadcast Internship is held during the summer at CBS affiliate KYW-TV, in Philadelphia. The internship was created by AAJA in honor of the late Siani Lee, the popular Philadelphia television news anchor who died in a car accident on October 28, 2001. Lee is considered the first Asian Pacific American anchor in Philadelphia. Applicants must have a serious interest in pursuing a career in broadcast journalism. Interns must be 18 years of age and currently enrolled in a post secondary program that gives academic credit for internships. Students must be in satisfactory academic standing with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.7 (C+) and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) in major courses. AAJA awards a stipend of $2,500 to help defray internship costs of travel and lodging.


Cox Reporting Internship

In partnership with the AAJA, Cox Newspapers is offering a Washington, D.C. reporting internship this summer to an AAJA member. The intern will work as a general assignment reporter in the Cox Washington Bureau from June until Labor Day. Interns will cover all aspects of Washington, from Capitol Hill to the White House.

Interns will be provided a $320 weekly stipend as well as free airfare and a furnished apartment.



AAJA Broadcast Grants

AAJA will be awarding two Broadcast Grants in 2008. Only one application is needed for both.

The first grant is an internship grant in the amount of $2,500 in honor of the late Sam Chu Lin, who is among the first Asian American male reporters on network television. Applicants must have already secured a 2008 summer internship at a television or radio broadcasting company before applying. The stipend will be used to defray the cost of living expenses, pay for transportation or supplement low-paying or unpaid internships.

A scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded from the Lloyd LaCuesta Scholarship Fund. LaCuesta is a veteran KTVU TV/Cox Communications broadcast journalist, former AAJA national president, and currently a national board member of UNITY: Journalist of Color. Applicants do not necessarily need to have a secured summer internship.

AAJA/Chicago Tribune Print and New Media Internship Grants

With funding from the Chicago Tribune Foundation and AAJA’s 20th Anniversary Fund, AAJA is awarding grants of $1,500 to students and non-students working as interns at print or online news organizations. The stipend will be used to defray the cost of living expenses, pay for transportation or supplement low-paying or unpaid internships at print or online companies. These internship grants are intended to support interns and give them an opportunity to practice daily journalism while gaining valuable career-building experience. The number of internship grants awarded can vary from year to year.

One of the 2007 grants will be awarded in honor of the late William Woo, the first Asian American editor of a major metropolitan newspaper in the U.S.


The Stanford Chen Internship Grant

The Stanford Chen Internship Grant is an endowment raised in the name of Stanford Chen, a longtime AAJA mentor and the organization’s unofficial historian who lost his battle with cancer in February of 1999. Pledges and contributions continue to be received by AAJA.

AAJA awards three internship grants that will be used to defray the cost of living expenses, pay for transportation to the internship site or supplement low-paying or unpaid internships. The focus of the grants is to aid interns in small- to medium-size newspapers or broadcast stations throughout the country. One of the three grants will be awarded to a resident of the Pacific Northwest where Stan Chen spent a significant time as a journalist and mentor.

For information on making donations to the Stanford Chen Internship Grant, contact 415/346-2051 or email: