Frequently Asked Questions
When does the application process open and what is the last day I can apply?
Applications will become available on this website (knightdiversity.journalism.cuny.edu) on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.
What documents and other material do I need when I sit down to apply?
This is a great question. You will need to make sure to have all these supporting documents with you when you apply because you will not be able to save the work you’ve done and come back later to finish the application.
The documents and information you will need when you apply:
- Your resume. Please make sure to name your resume this way: First Initial(dot)Last Name(dot)Resume, for example, J.Doe.Resume
- 500-word essay. Essay topic: Why is diversity and inclusion important in journalism and why do you want to be a journalist?
- Three writing samples. These writing samples must be uploaded as word docs or in PDF format. And please make sure to name your document this way: First initial(dot)Last Name(dot)Writing(dot)Number, for example, J.Doe.Writing.1; J.Doe.Writing.2; J.Doe.Writing.3.
- URLs to your visual or audio works. There is a space for you to provide links to your videos, audios and photography.
- Names and email addresses of two references: one professional reference and one personal reference. We will contact the references to ask for a recommendation letter.
In addition: We require your transcript, which your registrar will mail to us. Also, if you do not attend an HBCU or Hispanic-serving Institution, you will need to become a member of a minority journalists’ association. We check memberships at the finalist stage.
Who are you targeting in these recruitment efforts?
We are recruiting candidates from four-year historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-serving Institutions (HSIs). A student attending any of these institutions is eligible.
Also eligible are members of journalists of color organizations. These organizations include the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA); the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA); the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ); the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ); the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA); and the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA).
What about the $1.2 million that funds the Program?
The Knight Foundation grant covers three years of program operational expenses for 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Do I have to be a journalism major to apply? Are you looking for students with extensive experience in journalism or just an interest?
You do not have to be a journalism major to apply. What is more important is your ability to write and desire to be a journalist. Previous journalism experience is not necessary to apply for the program. However, it might influence where you are placed for your summer internship. A few Knight CUNYJ journalism internship partners do prefer that their interns have some experience.
What if I already have a master’s degree? Can I still apply?
A prior master’s degree is not a factor in this situation. To be eligible to apply for the Summer 2017 session, you must have received your bachelor’s degree in May 2015 or after.
What is covered when you say “all expenses paid”?
(1) Free transportation — We will get you to New York City from your hometown in the United States and back; you will also receive Unlimited Ride MetroCards for use on the MTA New York City Transit System during your time in the program; (2) Free summer housing — We arrange and pay for your dorm stay in Harlem at The Towers at CCNY dorms in June and July; (3) Paid internships — Your paid internship covers living expenses; but no worries if you are at an unpaid internship because the program will then provide you with a stipend of $3,000 over the summer.
When is the Knight-CUNYJ Summer Internship Program in session?
In Summer 2017, the program will be in session from Saturday, June 3, through Saturday, July 29.
My best friend is getting married in Louisiana and I need to take five days off the week of June 28. Please tell me it’s okay for me to miss a couple of days. I’ll make it up.
If your friend’s wedding is a priority, we understand. However, the program requires your full participation for the duration. You would need to commit to the program full time in June and July — and that means you would miss your friend’s wedding.
How do I submit transcripts?
Via U.S. Postal Service. Please have your college or university to mail your official transcript to:
Ms. Joanna Hernandez
Director of Diversity Initiatives
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
219 W. 40th St. Fourth Floor
New York, NY 10018
When is the deadline to apply?
Deadline to apply for the Knight CUNYJ Summer 2017 Internship Program is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.
Is the diversity initiative only open to minority students from particular colleges and universities, or are all minority students encouraged to apply?
Any rising senior or recent bachelor’s degree recipient who attends/attended an HBCU, a Hispanic-serving Institution or is a member of journalists of color associations is eligible to apply. There are other requirements. Please see “Who is eligible to apply for the Summer 2017 session?” below.
While I identify as Hispanic, my university identifies as a four-year public research institution and not necessarily as Hispanic-serving. Am I eligible to apply?
If you are a member of a journalists of color association, you are eligible to apply. There are other requirements. Please see “Who is eligible to apply for the Summer 2017 session?” below.
The National Association of Black Journalists does not have a chapter at my college. Am I still eligible to apply?
Yes, you are eligible to apply. Please see “Who is eligible to apply for the Summer 2017 session?” below.
Who is eligible to apply for the Summer 2017 session?
(a) A current college junior who
1. Will be a senior in Fall 2017;
2. Attends an HBCU or HSI;
3. Or is a member of a journalist of color organization such as the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA), the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) or the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA).
(b) A recent college graduate who
1. Received a bachelor’s degree in May 2015 or later;
2. Attended an HBCU or HSI;
3. Or is a member of a journalist of color organization such as AAJA, AMEJA, NABJ, NAHJ, NAJA or SAJA.
I graduated in May. Can I apply?
Yes, you can apply. You are eligible for the Summer 2017 session because you received your bachelor’s degree after May 2015.
Will the five fellows chosen for full scholarships at CUNY be considered based on how well they do during the two-month training/internship?
Does the program offer cultural and mentoring support for the 20 students chosen for the summer program?
What is a rising senior?
A rising senior is a college junior who is about to enter his or her senior year in college.