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Yale College is pleased to offer the Paul Block Journalism Internships. Students will be selected for 10-week internships at one of two newspapers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Toledo Blade. Past Paul Block Journalism Interns have gone onto prestigious roles at other leading newspapers, such as the Washington Post. 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 newspaper.

Additionally, the Block Foundation has organized a broadcast focused internship at WDRB News in Louisville, KY. Applicants for this position should demonstrate the broadcast focus in their materials, including links to pertinent video clips.

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 approximately $4,000.

Quote: 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

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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

We recommend that before applying you review the general internship information.

Internships will be accepted in two separate rounds: 1st round deadline October 31st; 2nd round deadline in February. Search for "Paul Block" 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: Managing 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.