Student Opportunities

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Northwest Journalists of Color (NJC) Scholarship

Deadline: March 24, 2017

For nearly 30 years, the Northwest Journalists of Color have coordinated scholarships for aspiring journalists. The NJC’s members belong to the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), Seattle Association of Black Journalists (SABJ), National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA). Since 1983, the NJC and AAJA have given more than $150,000 in scholarships.

You do not need to identify as a student of color to apply for this scholarship. Strong preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the importance of diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences in newsrooms.

What scholarship winners receive:

  • Scholarship money to students who intend to pursue careers in journalism
  • An invitation to an awards ceremony and reception in mid-May attended by other media professionals in the area
  • A professional journalist mentor

You are eligible if you are EITHER:

  • On the path to graduating from or have graduated from a Washington state high school
  • Attending a public or private college in Washington state

How to apply:

Make a copy of this Google doc by going to File > Make a copy. Fill out the application. Click “Share” in the top right corner of this document, and select “Anyone with this link can view.”

E-mail a link to the Google doc and any related materials (e.g. a resume, work samples) to Anika Anand at with the subject line “NJC Application.”

AAJA Seattle Founders’ Scholarship

AAJA Seattle student members only are eligible for the Founders’ Scholarship, which covers a student registration fee for the 2017 National Convention, which is July 26-29 in Philadelphia. A small stipend for travel and accommodations is available. To apply, please fill out the NJC Scholarship application and please indicate that you’d like to be considered for the Founders’ Scholarship.

Seniors graduating from college or university may apply for this scholarship.

The Founders’ Scholarship was established in 2000 to honor Frank Abe, Ron Chew and Lori Matsukawa, founders of the AAJA Seattle chapter in 1985.

KIRO-TV/NJC 2017 Internship

Deadline: March 24, 2017

In partnership with the Northwest Journalists of Color, KIRO 7 will offer one recipient the opportunity to be an Intern for the KIRO 7 News Department.

An Internship at KIRO 7 provides the opportunity to be embedded in the news environment to learn about the behind-the-scenes workings of a TV and digital newsroom. Interns will assist the producers in researching stories and writing show scripts. Interns will also have the opportunity to accompany KIRO 7 news crews in the field on occasion. In addition to learning in the newsroom, this intern will be able to meet people from other departments to understand the business of the television station as a whole. The program is open to college students.

The intern will be selected by a three-judge panel, including members of the KIRO 7 news staff and NJC program volunteers.

Click here to download the application.

Internship Requirements:

  1. The student must be registered at a University, College, Community College or Vocational-Technical Institute.
  2. The student should have junior or senior status, or be in the last year of a Community College or Vocational-Technical program.
  3. All internships require 20-30 hours per week covering a period of 10-16 weeks, depending on the school’s quarter or semester length. The internship starts in June.
  4. While KIRO 7 considers the Internship program format valuable in observing the student’s attitude, talents, and skills, it is understood that no guarantees are given for future employment.
  5. Students will only be offered an Internship after completing a pre-employment drug and background screening.
  6. Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. will be required upon employment.

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