Yale College is pleased to offer the Paul Block Journalism Internships. Students will be selected for 10-week internships at one of a number of respected American newspapers. Previously participating newspapers include the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Toledo Blade, the Sacramento Bee and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Block interns will be paired with an editor who will have responsibility for assigning the student stories, editing the work, and offering mentorship throughout the summer. Students are expected to perform at a high level, meeting rigorous standards of reporting and writing on demanding deadlines. In return, students can expect to finish the summer with many professional clips and experience at a major regional newspaper.

Thanks to the generosity of the Block Family Foundation, participants will receive a stipend to assist with their summer expenses. Customarily the stipend has been $4,000.

My experience at the Toledo Blade has had a profound impact on my life, primarily because of all the interesting, diverse people I met while on assignment. Discussing controversial or personal topics with sources made me a better listener, and it taught me the importance of being open to new opinions and worldviews.

Adelaide Feibel ’20, Paul Block Journalism Intern at Toledo Blade

Requirements

Internships are open to Yale College undergraduates. All internships are expected to be a minimum of 10 weeks in duration. Start and end dates can be negotiated with the employer. Students are expected to perform at a high level, meeting rigorous standards of reporting and writing on demanding deadlines.

Application Process

Internship application traditionally begins in the late fall for the Toledo Blade and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Internship applications traditionally reopens in the early spring for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Sacramento Bee.

To apply, search for “Paul Block” (use quotes) within the Yale Career Link jobs board.

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • 3-5 reported pieces, including publication information for each piece (broadcast focus can include video links)

Expenses

  • Housing: Program contacts at the sponsoring newspapers can assist in finding housing, though early outreach is recommended.
  • Meals: Students are responsible for purchasing their own meals.
  • Transportation: Interns are responsible for meeting their own travel and transportation needs. It is usually recommended (but not required) to have a car because where you live and work may be far apart and the public transportation system in these locations may not easily serve the needs of a newspaper intern on assignment.

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