Pulliam Internships

About the Eugene S. Pulliam Internship Program

The Eugene S. Pulliam Internship Program is named in honor of the late publisher of The Indianapolis Star and The Indianapolis News. The program offers work at daily and nondaily newspapers in Indiana and encourages students to enter careers in newspapers.

Eligibility requirements:

• Students must have at least one semester of coursework remaining following completion of the internship. Graduate students and former HSPA Pulliam interns are not eligible.

• Applicants must be residents of Indiana or attend an Indiana college or university.


How to apply

Editors – The 2016 deadline was Feb. 26.

StudentsAs part of the application, students must apply online and submit all of the following in hard-copy format. The 2016 deadline was Feb. 26.

  1. Work experience/resume reflecting your ability to perform an internship;
  2. Letter of referral or recommendation from college newspaper, yearbook or faculty adviser for whom you have worked, or from a professor you had in a newspaper-related class (i.e. journalism, photography, graphic arts). This should appear on official university or corporate stationery;
  3. Samples of your work reflecting your ability to perform an internship in the areas you selected. Provide no more than three writing, photography or artwork samples you created. (If you are applying for more than one area, you may send three samples in each, i.e. three writing and three photography samples.) In lieu of work samples, indicate your work experience that would qualify you for internship; and
  4. A personal statement of no more than 400 words (typed and double-spaced) explaining why you are interested in serving an internship at an Indiana newspaper. Include any other information not on the application form you believe will assist the selection committee.

HSPA must have hard-copy components in hand by the deadline.

Mail or bring all required materials to:
HSPA Foundation
Pulliam Internships
41 E. Washington St., Suite 301
Indianapolis, IN 46204

What applicants need to know

Although most internships will occur during the summer months, they may be performed any time prior to Dec. 31 of the given year.

Pulliam Internships pay a stipend of $330 per week for each of 10 weeks for a total of $3,300. The newspaper pays the intern through its payroll system used for regular staff members. All internships are considered 40-hour-per-week, full-time positions.

Although we attempt to place students with newspapers close to their residence, logistics often require interns to commute. For that reason, candidates should have access to reliable transportation. In some instances students may even wish to seek temporary housing. To help us best place a candidate with a nearby newspaper, applicants should carefully complete the location section of the application.

The HSPA Foundation must receive the online application and all required hard-copy components in its downtown Indianapolis office by the deadline.

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