The Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association

Call for applications: 2017 summer reporting internships

How do you get a job in journalism? Get journalism experience. Apply now for one of our summer internships.

We are excited to announce that we’re sponsoring three summer reporting internships this year.

Each intern will be paid $4,000 for approximately 10 weeks of full-time workInterns will be matched with a mentor and will receive a free AAJA-LA membership. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university or have graduated within the last six months. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER REPORTING INTERNSHIP
Application deadline: April 7

The Orange County Register is seeking a talented, dedicated intern for its local news desk. The intern will cover general assignment and breaking news as well as Little Saigon and other Asian communities.

Preference will be given to applicants invested in or interested in the Vietnamese or other Asian communities and who have ties to Southern California.

Applicants should have experience in news or feature writing. Send a cover letter, resume, three writing samples and at least two references to Steve Green, Assistant Managing Editor/Operations, stgreen@scng.com, by end of day Friday, April 7.

KCRW 89.9FM 
Application deadline: April 28

AAJA-LA is sponsoring a summer internship at KCRW 89.9FM in Santa Monica.

The intern will work on All Things Considered with afternoon news producer Ben Gottlieb, developing skills such as: forming a well-focused story, researching and fact-checking, writing for broadcast news and using audio equipment/editing software. The intern may also be able to pitch and produce his/her own stories.

The pay is $4,000 for 10 weeks of full-time work, starting at the beginning of June. The All Things Considered team begins work at 1 p.m. and finishes at about 7 p.m.

Interns will be matched with a mentor and will receive a free AAJA-LA membership. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university or have graduated within the last six months. Preference will be given to applicants whose interests or background align with AAJA-LA’s mission (http://aaja-la.org/about/).

Send cover letter, resume and work samples to Michelle Escobar, michelle.escobar@kcrw.org, with the subject line “AAJA Internship — (Your Name),” by April 28.

PASADENA STAR-NEWS REPORTING INTERNSHIP
*Update: The application for this internship has passed.*

The San Gabriel Valley includes some of Southern California’s most vibrant Asian immigrant communities. The intern’s primary responsibility will be to write about trends and issues in those communities, though the internship may include some general assignment work. Fluency in an Asian language is a plus but not required.

Deadline is March 31. Send cover letter, resume and clips to Brian Harr, Senior Editor, bharr@scng.com.

Good luck! 

 

Meet our 2016 Summer Interns

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Matthew Ormseth The Orange County Register

Interning at the Register taught me to be more comprehensive in my reporting. I learned to identify stakeholders — all the people affected by the issues at the heart of a story — and work their perspectives into a 3-D narrative that looks at those issues from different vantage points. And I learned to use data to support, challenge and qualify those perspectives.

I had mentors, both at the Register and through AAJA, who challenged me to be more thorough as a reporter and more accurate as a writer. After my 10 weeks at the Register, I know how difficult a job reporting can be. But I feel more confident and better equipped to do that job.

Matthew Ormseth was an AAJA-LA intern at The Orange County Register, where he covered university news. He is a senior English major at Cornell University, where he also writes for the school paper, The Cornell Daily Sun. He is a columnist for the Pacific Citizen and the Rafu Shimpo, and enjoys listening to and producing hip hop in his free time.

Below are a few of his stories from this summer:

Khoa Lai Nguoi Viet Daily News

I’ve learned that as journalists, we are the gatekeepers of information to the community. A journalist should not frame a story and guide the readers to think in a certain way… We serve as a guide, to help the public draw conclusions on its own.

Khoa Lai was an AAJA-LA intern at Nguoi Viet Daily News, the oldest and largest Vietnamese-language publication in the U.S. and based in Orange County, Calif. He is a journalism major at California State University, Long Beach, who has written for the Daily49er, the campus newspaper. He expects to graduate in December. His experience includes stints as an intern at Remarq Inc., a boutique communications firm in West Los Angeles where he worked on the SoCal Honda and Anaheim GardenWalk campaigns; and as an intern at the Caravelle Saigon Hotel, an international five-star hotel in Vietnam where he used qualitative and quantitative research for monthly marketing campaigns and wrote press releases that focused on boosting search engine optimization.

Below are some samples of his stories reported or translated:

Marina Peña Pasadena Star-News

Over the course of my internship, I acquired a plethora of essential journalism skills. I learned how to strike a balance between preparation and improvisation. I learned a great deal of basic communication skills, just from overhearing the phone interviews of other reporters. All the while, my take on the world of journalism evolved. Working at the Pasadena Star-News, I was able to observe first-hand the business side of the entire craft,” Peña said.

Without my internship this summer, I would not have been able to learn all of these important lessons. For that, I am grateful to AAJA and the Pasadena Star-News.

Marina Peña was an AAJA-LA intern at the Pasadena Star-News, where she covered Asian communities. A native of Argentina, she is a junior at the University of Southern California, majoring in print and digital journalism and serving as a columnist for USC Annenberg Media. She enjoys strawberries, long walks and writing about social issues.

A sample of her work:

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