SAJA Internship Fund 2019|
| Deadline: May 10, 2019

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 2019.

SAJA will award up to $5,000 to three students, each receiving a maximum of $1,650.


  • Current undergraduate or graduate level students enrolled in North America in an accredited college or university who have secured 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-Caribbean are also eligible) OR demonstrate an interest in South Asia or the diaspora.

  • Must have an unpaid, or low-paid,  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, or edited, by the candidate's family.


  • Candidates 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:
Ali I. Rizvi at
with "SAJA Internship Fund 2019" 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) 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 April 30th, 2019. Winners will be notified in early June.

Meet our 2018 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. 

Charumathi Raman

Charumathi Raman is a student at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she is getting her Master's in health and science journalism. She is currently interning at Retro Report, a non-profit news organization that specializes in investigative journalism and narrative storytelling. At Retro Report, she is working with a small team that produces documentaries for an Emmy Award nominated video series on various aspects of the future. She has previously worked as a video producer and trainer for various renowned news organizations in India and Nepal.

Twitter: @raman_charu

Kohinur Khyum

Kohinur Khyum is a journalist based in Bangladesh. She is a Fulbright scholar and received her second master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper, & Online Journalism from S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from East West University and herfirst master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from Dhaka University. Kohinur aims to continue working on gender issues, feminism, religious terrorism, social justiceand human rights.

You can reach her at

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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