WNAF Helps Fund New Newspaper Internship Program

By Barb Benish

If you have wanted to intern at a newspaper, you’ve had limited opportunities in recent years. But the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation is changing that.

During a teleconference earlier this month with the WNA, newspaper editors and college internship coordinators like myself, the WNAF ironed out particulars of the program that is matching smaller circulation newspapers with some of the state’s finest aspiring journalists. To make this happen, the Foundation is funding half of each intern’s salary. They unveiled the initiative this week.

The WNA Foundation is seeking five journalism majors to participate in the paid internships — reporting, editing, advertising, marketing or other newspaper-related careers — during the summer of 2012. Each intern will receive approximately $3,200 for the eight-work program, or $10 an hour for a 40-hour workweek.

Newspapers are located geographically throughout the state, and students can apply for the area that is closest to home or school. Participating newspapers include:

To apply, students must submit a short essay on their personal philosophy of journalism’s role in society and supporting documents or published work samples.

The deadline for applications is May 11, 2012.  To apply, visit http://www.wnanews.com/index.asp?menuID=432&firstlevelmenuID=139 for details and a link to the online application.


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