IBWS-USA Today Investigative Reporting Internship Program

The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting and the USA TODAY Network are seeking a diverse pool of curious and enterprising students to work with USA Today’s investigative team this summer as paid interns.

This 10-week program, sponsored by the Ida B. Wells Society and Gannett, will provide two students or recent graduates with the opportunity to develop skills in watchdog reporting with top journalists in the field and get firsthand experience working with an investigative team.

The internship will begin June 1. The most competitive candidates will be college students, recent graduates or postgraduates who have had news internships or equivalent news experience. Special consideration will be given to journalists from historically underrepresented communities and those currently enrolled or recently graduated from historically Black colleges & universities.

Applicants must be American citizens and be registered members of the Ida B. Wells SocietyYou can sign up to become a member here. Membership is free.

The Ida B. Wells Society is a news trade organization whose mission is to increase the representation and profile of reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting. Founded in 2016 by the veteran journalists Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ron Nixon, and Topher Sanders, the Ida B. Wells Society seeks to provide high-caliber training and resource support for journalists of color pursuing investigative work. The society is housed at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern on May 1. All incomplete applications will be disqualified.

To apply, send a résumé, cover letter and 6-8 writing samples directly to idabwellssociety@unc.edu with subject line: “USA Today/Gannett Summer Internship.” Your cover letter should speak to the applicant’s career plans and goals. 

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