SAJA Internship Fund 2020


To help journalism students embark on their journalism careers, SAJA is proud to offer financial support for those who have secured internships for the summer of 2020.

SAJA will award up to $9,000 to three students, each receiving a maximum of $3,000. Applications will be judged on quality and financial need.


  • Current undergraduate or graduate level students enrolled in North America in an accredited college or university who secure an 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.

  • You must provide a letter from the organization offering you internshistating the terms of the internship, including the start and end dates and the amount of compensation, if any. SAJA will take into account all the the amount of compensation, if any. SAJA will take into account all the information provided in selecting the finalists for the internship awards.

  • 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.
  • S/he must provide three samples of work that demonstrate an interest in journalism and/or South Asia.

  • 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.


  • Announce: Monday, March 2nd, 2020
  • Application deadline: Friday, April 20, 2020
  • Winners announced: May 1, 2020


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 will be released after the grantee provides a report on their internship (its scope, what was learned, and SAJA's role).


Send a PDF document to:
Ali I. Rizvi at
with "SAJA Internship Fund 2020" 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. 


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

(a) Your U.S. Postal address;

(b) name, address and account number and other details of a US Dollar bank account at a bank branch located in the United States to which the internship amount may be sent;

(c) 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.

Each internship recipient must consult her/his own tax advisor on the extent, if any, to which the internship 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.

All internship amounts will be reported to the Internal Revenue Service of the United States government. Internship recipients will be provided a Form 1099.

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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