Now Accepting Applications for SAJA Internship Fund 2018| Deadline: May 20, 2018

To support journalism students as they embark on their journalism careers, SAJA is proud to offer internship support for those who have secured unpaid or low-paid internships for the summer of 2018.

SAJA will award up to $6,000 to three students, each receiving a maximum of $2,000.


Current undergraduate or graduate level students enrolled in North America in an accredited college or university who secure an unpaid internship with a news organization in North America.

Of South Asian descent (includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka; Indo-Caribbeans are also eligible) OR demonstrate an interest in South Asia or the diaspora.

Must have an unpaid internship offer from a recognized media organization.

Immediate relatives of SAJA Board members and judges are INELIGIBLE to apply.

The internship cannot be at a newsroom owned by the candidate's family.

S/he must demonstrate an interest in journalism and South Asia by providing three samples of work on the subject.

On completion of their internships, recipients are expected to give back to SAJA by volunteering at our events like the upcoming Awards and Scholarship dinner or in other ways approved by a SAJA board member. The internship fund recipients can also give back to SAJA by promoting our mission, membership drive and donation requests via social media.

Award Process

The student will be paid in two installments, one at the start, and one at the completion of the internship.

Payment of the second installment would be dependent on the student having come up with a plan to contribute/give back to SAJA.


Send a PDF document to:
Malik Siraj Akbar at
with "SAJA Internship Fund 2018" in the subject line.

The single PDF document MUST include:

1) A cover letter, resume, including contact information of three references

2) The internship offer letter with details on the terms of remuneration, length of internship, and point of contact at the media organization

3) Three samples of work

4) A 350-word essay on why you should be awarded the internship fund

Applicants may be interviewed by phone or in person by a member of the internship committee. Each student will be required to state how they would give back to SAJA and provide SAJA with a picture and quote about how the internship fund helped them. The deadline to apply for SAJA internship fund is May 20, 2018. Winners will be notified in early June.


Those selected to receive internship funds will be required to provide the following information / documents to SAJA prior to being entitled to receive the internship funds:

  • (a)  A U.S. Postal address to which the internship check will be physically mailed or details of a US Dollar bank account at a bank branch located in the United States; and
  • (b) U.S. Treasury Form W-9 or Form W-8BEN

Failure to provide any of the above information / documents on a timely basis could result in revocation of the internship fund.

Each internship fund recipient must consult her/his own tax advisor on the extent, if any, to which the amount may be taxable by any of the tax jurisdiction to which she/he may be subject to.  SAJA does not make any representation as to the taxability or non-taxability of the internship amount. 

Meet our 2017 Internship Fund Winners! 

The South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) has announced the winners of this year’s SAJA Internship Fund. Each winner will be awarded a maximum of $2,000 to support their internships. 

Syeda (Samira) Sadeque is a Bangladeshi journalist working as a Research and Accuracy Intern at the Global Press Journal (GPJ) in Washington, D.C. At GPJ, Samira is working on fact-checking and data visualizations for stories from South Asia, Latin America and Africa. Her projects include mapping tea estates in Sri Lanka and gathering data on Internet activity across Nepal. Samira completed her MS in Journalism from Columbia University in 2017, after working in newsrooms across Dhaka, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco over eight years. Through her work, she has covered women's rights, women's health, the LGBT community in Bangladesh, the refugee crisis, mental health and labour rights. She is a 2016 ICFJ Fellow, and a 2014 ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) Fellow. Through her journalism career, Samira aims to continue reporting on the intersection of gender, health and migration. You can follow her on Twitter @Samideque

Gautama Mehta is an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, where he will begin his senior year in the fall. His writing has been published in Politico Europe, The Caravan, and Huffington Post. This summer, with funding from SAJA, he is interning at the Hyde Park Herald, Chicago's oldest neighborhood newspaper. Gautama grew up in New York City.

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