Who is eligible to apply for internships?
College sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply for a Data Journalism internship as long as they are enrolled full-time by the application deadline. This includes December graduates. U.S. students studying abroad and international students already in the U.S. with work visas are also eligible. Students who have worked full-time as professional journalists (more than 30 hours per week for more than six months) are ineligible.
Can I apply for more than one internship program?
Yes, you will be asked to indicate which programs you prefer on the application.
Where can I take the qualifying test?
After you submit your application we will send an email from HireVue with a link to the single, timed, online test that should be completed within 3 days.
Does my professor need to proctor the test?
No, due to COVID-19 we are not requiring college faculty to supervise the test. Instead, students will take a timed, online test.
Do I need to take the whole test if I am only applying to one program?
Yes, you must finish the entire test for it to be submitted and scored.
Is the test open book?
No, the News Fund staff expects applicants not to use any materials or devices to assist in answering the questions. Each question is timed to preclude using reference materials.
Why is my application not going through when I hit submit?
Confirm the required fields marked with asterisks are completed. Once the application is successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation email.
Can I edit my application after I hit submit?
No, after clicking “Submit,” you will NOT be able to return to the application. You can start the application and stop and save it as you work on it, but once you hit submit you cannot go back. If you submitted an application and forgot to attach your essay and transcript, please email those documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line put, "YOUR NAME - Missing Attachments".
What is the maximum size for uploads?
The maximum file size for each document is 5MB.
What document formats can be uploaded?
The following files types are accepted: DOC, DOCX, HTML, PDF, or TXT. It is best to use MSWord documents or PDFs.
What is the essay question?
Tell us about a time you learned a life lesson the hard way. Upload a PDF or Word document containing no more than 500 words.
When will I be notified if I was selected?
The News Fund begins notifying interns in December, and continues into the New Year until all the media requests are fulfilled.
Can international students apply?
We are open to international students who are already in the U.S. and authorized to work here on student visas. We do not transport students from abroad or ask employers to sponsor international students to come here.
Where can I find practice tests?
Previous versions of the tests can be found at https://dowjonesnewsfund.org/test/.
I am filling out the application and cannot locate my major in the drop-down menu. What should I do?
The application asks students for their fields of study. The drop-down menu only lists the first 100 available options (up to the letter "D"). If you don’t see your major, try typing it into the search bar. If you are still unable to locate your major, use the short answer space on the next page that asks for additional majors or minors.