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 either 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 is tentatively slated for May 22 – June 6, 2021.

We are now taking applications. Click here to apply. The application deadline is end of business on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.

The coronavirus pandemic has compelled many logistical changes for the 2021 Institute. The next class will be hosted virtually, allowing participants from around the country to participate. Students will join in a remote intensive that features insights and tutelage from some of the most prominent journalists working today. We will share more details with participants as the program comes together.

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.

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.

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:
Theodore Kim
Director, Newsroom Fellowships and Internships
theodore@nytimes.com