SAJA 2021 Internship Fund
SAJA's Internship Program is designed to improve opportunities for journalism students to participate and learn from on-the-job training programs and on-site internships. The program is designed to support candidates who have already secured internships but need supplemental income during the internship period.
In 2021, SAJA is pleased to award up to $9,000 to three students, each receiving a maximum of $3,000. The deadline to apply is April 29. Winners will be announced in late May.
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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 the United States.
The program is open to applicants of South Asian descent and others focused on covering South Asia or the diaspora.
Candidates are required to provide a letter from the organization offering internship stating the terms of the internship, including the start and end dates and the amount of compensation, if any. Candidates may also be required to provide personal financial information to demonstrate financial need. Work samples demonstrating interest in journalism and/or South Asia may also be required. Applicants may be interviewed by phone or in person by a member of the internship committee.
Immediate relatives of SAJA Board members and judges are INELIGIBLE to apply. Also, the internship cannot result in any direct or indirect benefit to the candidate's family members. The internship cannot be at a newsroom owned by the candidate's family.
On completion of their internships, recipients are expected to contribute to SAJA, for example, by volunteering at SAJA's events, promoting SAJA's mission, membership drives and donation requests via social media.
A committee of judges appointed by the SAJA Board will review the student applications and evaluate them based on need, a demonstrated interest in journalism (i.e. related coursework, internships, extracurricular activities, part-time work), written communication skills, interest and enthusiasm in joining the SAJA community, and serious reflection on what the applicant hopes to accomplish as a journalist. Applicants may be interviewed by phone or in-person by a member of the scholarship committee.
The internship amounts are usually paid in two installments, at the start of the internship and upon the completion of the internship. Payment of the second installment is conditional upon the grantee providing a written documentation from the employer of the satisfactory completion of the internship.
How to Apply
By April 22, send a PDF document to Ali I. Rizvi at SAJAprograms@gmail.com with “SAJA Internship Fund” in the subject line.The single PDF document MUST include:
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) 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.