Multiplatform Editing

If you love language, are passionate about accuracy, fact-checking, grammar and spelling, you have a future in editing. Editors assess copy for tone and style, write headlines, design print layouts, check sources and most importantly, they are the last line of defense before a news outlet publishes content. Interns attend a one-week training program before reporting to work in paid internships at top media companies for 10 to 12 weeks.  During the week of training, interns hone their visual design, headline writing and line editing skills; help publish high-quality print and digital products on deadline; and strengthen their news judgment skills.

  • Application Process

    To apply to any or all of the DJNF college internship programs, students must complete an online application, attach supporting documentation and take a timed, online test. The deadline for summer 2021 is November 16, 2020.

    Application Form:

    Students must complete an online application where you will be prompted to create your candidate profile and answer job-specific questions for each program.

    We recommend you begin once you have assembled all required items:
    - A résumé
    - An unofficial transcript
    - Complete contact information for two references
    - A personal 500-word essay: Objectivity, diversity, technology, equity, history. How do these terms relate to your role as a 21st century journalist? Submit no more than 500 words.

    Look for the section marked "Required Attachments" to add these documents. If you submit an application without the attachments, you can attach them if you apply to another program.

    After clicking “Submit,” you will NOT be able to return to the application. You will receive an automated email confirmation after submitting your application. DJNF staff will email you a link to the required online test via HireVue.

    We strongly recommend printing a copy of each completed section as you progress for your records. You may upload the same documents to multiple applications.

    We are no longer accepting applications.

    Students are required to complete a timed, online test and submit a multiplatform editing application for this program. Students may apply to multiple programs. To prepare for the online test, it is strongly recommended students review previous versions of the tests, a link is posted below. Due to the disruption caused by the pandemic, college faculty will not monitor tests this year.

  • Program Benefits

    Students selected for the college internship programs receive immersive, specialized, all-expenses paid pre-internship training, weekly salaries of at least $450 for a minimum of 10 weeks, $1,500 scholarships for students and graduates with federal loans. Multiplatform editing interns also receive one-year memberships to the Online News Association and ACES: The Society for Editing; a one-year subscription to the digital AP Stylebook; and a lifetime membership to the DJNF alumni network.
  • Criteria

    College juniors, seniors and graduate students who are enrolled in school full-time as of the application deadline are eligible to apply for the college internship programs. This includes December graduates. Former professionals (those who have worked full-time on staff as a journalist for a year or more) in the U.S. or abroad are not eligible.
  • FAQs

    Who is eligible to apply for internships?

    College juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply for a Multiplatform Editing 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.

    Can I apply for more than one internship program?

    Yes, you may apply for any of the programs for which you would like to be considered.

    Where can I take the qualifying test?

    After you submit your application(s) 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.

    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.

    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.

    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 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?

    Objectivity, diversity, technology, equity, history. How do these terms relate to your role as a 21st century journalist? 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 Spring 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.

    Do you notify applicants if they have not been selected?


    Where can I find practice tests?

    Previous versions of the tests can be found at

    I am filling out the application and cannot locate my major in the drop-down menu. What should I do?

    Each 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.