Follow in the footsteps of the best and brightest young journalists in America by applying to The New York Times Student Journalism Institute.

Participants must be enrolled college students (or December or May graduates) who are members of these leading national organizations focused on diversity: the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association or the Native American Journalists Association or students (or December or May graduates) at a historically black college or university.

The Institute will be held May 22 – June 6, 2021. Students who think they may have scheduling conflicts should contact the director of the Institute for information about flexible attendance arrangements.

Applications will open in September. The deadline to apply will be Nov. 15.

There is no cost to attend the Institute. Students are provided with room and board and all of their costs, including transportation to and from the Institute, are paid by The New York Times Company.

One student each year will also be awarded an Armando Montaño Scholarship to help with his or her educational or professional ambitions. The scholarship honors Mando Montaño, a promising young journalist who attended the Institute in 2010 and who died at age 22 in Mexico City in 2012.

During the program, students are working journalists supervised by reporters and editors from The New York Times. Students cover actual events in New York City. Opportunities for students include reporting, editing, still photography, production, newspaper design and video journalism.

In a supportive environment of students and staff who share the same goals, aspiring journalists are given the opportunity to learn to produce material that meets the standards of the most prestigious and demanding news organizations in the nation. In addition, the students become part of a family of more than 500 alumni of the Institute, many now working at major news organizations that include the Associated Press, Reuters, The Los Angeles Times, PBS, Politico, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The New York Times itself, as well as dozens of mid-size news organizations. The program represents one of the most effective networking opportunities available to young journalists.

To apply, a student must:

  • submit an online application form
  • attach an essay of up to 500 words on why he or she wants to be a journalist
  • attach work samples

Required work samples to attach with the online form vary according to which specialty a student is interested in:

  • Reporters should send six published clips from a student or other publication or Web site and a pitch for a story in New York
  • Editors should supply six stories they have edited (with headlines they have written)
  • Video journalists should offer a reel and/or three short documentaries and a pitch to shoot a two minute documentary on a subject in New York
  • Still photographers should offer an online portfolio or a link to view images (tumblr, Flickr, etc.) and a pitch to shoot a photo essay in New York
  • Designers should send six graphics or layouts

Reporting and editing samples must be from a published source. Videos, photographs, graphics and similar material may be from an unpublished portfolio and may be submitted as a URL for a Web site where they appear.)

For information about membership in NABJ, NAHJ, AAJA or NAJA, contact those organizations directly.

For more information about the Institute, contact:

John Haskins
Director, The New York Times Student Journalism Institute
The New York Times
620 Eighth Ave.
New York, NY 10018-1405