Student Opportunities

UPDATE: The deadline for the KIRO-TV/NJC 2018 Internship has been extended to Saturday April 7, 2018.

KIRO-TV/NJC 2018 Internship

Deadline: Saturday, April 7, 2018

In partnership with the Northwest Journalists of Color, KIRO 7 will offer one recipient the opportunity to be a paid 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 be researching stories, writing scripts, and occasionally following KIRO 7 news crews in the field. In addition to learning in the newsroom, this intern will also meet people from other departments to understand the business of the television station as a whole. This paid position is 20 to 30 hours a week and starts in June.

The intern will be recommended to KIRO 7 by a panel of judges, including members of the station’s staff and NJC program volunteers, and the final selection made by KIRO 7 management.

Click here to access the application. Make a copy and e-mail the completed application to aajaseattle@gmail.com.

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.

Northwest Journalists of Color (NJC) Reporting Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, March 23, 2018

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. You are eligible for these scholarships 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

Here’s 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 anikaanand00@gmail.com with the subject line “NJC Application.”

Northwest Journalists of Color Visual Journalism Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, March 23, 2018

The inaugural NJC Visual Journalism Scholarship will be awarded to an aspiring photo and/or video journalist who meets the same eligibility criteria for the NJC Reporting Scholarship. One recipient will receive a professional DSLR camera kit, donated by The Seattle Times Photo Department, to help launch their career.

You are eligible for these scholarships 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

Here’s how to apply:
Follow the instructions for the NJC Reporting Scholarship above. In your application, please include links to at least three published photos or videos you’ve produced.

AAJA Seattle Founders’ Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, March 23, 2018

The Founders’ Scholarship was established in 2000 to honor Frank Abe, Ron Chew and Lori Matsukawa, founders of the AAJA Seattle chapter in 1985. The Founders’ Scholarship covers one student’s registration fee and provides a stipend for travel and accommodations for the 2018 National Convention in Houston, Texas from August 8 – 11, 2018.

You are eligible for these scholarships 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

Here’s 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 anikaanand00@gmail.com with the subject line “NJC Application.”

Past AAJA Scholarship Recipients

For more than 30 years, the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship program has given thousands of dollars to student journalists throughout the Pacific Northwest. Our recipients have gone to work for The Associated Press, The New York Times, PBS News Hour, NPR, NBC’s Golf Channel, The Seattle Times and more. The following is a partial list of past recipients.

2017: NJC: Hailey Robinson, Ronnie Estoque, Elizabeth Alvarado, Agatha Pacheco, Starla Sampaco. Founders’: Starla Sampaco. NJC-KIRO7 internship: Rhea Panela

2016: NJC: Ahlaam Ibraahim, Mohammed Kloub, Rhea Panela, Jasmine Pollard. Founders’: Starla Sampaco

2015: NJC: Ashley Walls, Mohamed Adan, Brady Hitoshi Wakayama. Founders’: Brady Hitoshi Wakayama

2014: NJC: Julia Martinez, Michaela Vue, Bailey Williams, Holly Buchanan and Nicole Horiuchi Gaddie. Founders’: Trennesia Jackson

2013: NJC: Joella Ortega, Holly Martinez, Charmaine Riley. Founders’: Seungkyul Joseph Park

2012: NJC: Thomas Nguyen, Kelly Manalo, Mende Smith, Yi Xiao. Founders’: Thomas Nguyen. 911 Media Arts scholarship: Sarah Radmer

2011NJC: Joanna Nolasco, Gina Cole, Katelin Chow. Founders’: Peter Sessum. 911 Media Arts scholarship: Mary Jean Spadafora

2010: NJC: Katelin Chow, Mary Pauline H. Diaz, Peter Sessum, Rachel Solomon