AAJA Scholarships and Internships

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The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) has a number of scholarships and internships coming up in the next few months.

AAJA-Sacramento Bee Internship

Due March 15

AAJA’s Sacramento chapter is sponsoring a 10-week internship with the Sacramento Bee aimed at print, photo, graphics and multimedia journalists.

The program will begin in May or June 2017, depending on the intern’s availability, and includes a $400 weekly stipend. The intern is eligible for a $1000 grant after completion of the internship.

Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university (or have graduated no earlier than fall of 2016), and must be 2017 AAJA members.

VOICES 2017

Due March 31

VOICES is a convention that takes place in Philadelphia on July 24-29. It is also a recruiting tool to increase diversity in newsrooms.

20 applicants will be selected to cover the convention and will be partnered with professional journalists in a multimedia training fellowship. Those selected will have to create content before and during the convention.

Travel and lodging accommodations will be provided.

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a strong interest in journalism. Applicants must also be available for the convention and for any preparations during the summer.

Applicants cannot have participated in VOICES in the past. Applicants do not have to be AAJA members, but those selected must become members.

Stanford Chen Internship Grant

Due Apr. 2

The Stanford Chen Internship Grant is intended to potential student interns cover some of the costs that may otherwise prevent them from accepting an internship.

The grant is worth $1,750 and will be given to current college juniors, seniors, or graduate students interning in print, online, broadcast or photography.

Applicants can be interning at media outlets of any size, but small- and medium-sized outlets will be given priority.

Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Grants

Due Apr. 16

AAJA has two Broadcast News Grants and a Print and Online News Internship Grant, awarded to AAPIs pursuing journalism in those fields.

The two Broadcast News Grants award $500 and $1,000, respectively, and one application enters candidates for both.

The Print and Online news Internship Grant awards $1,000.

Applicants must have already secured a summer internship before applying for these grants.

Mary Quon Moy Ing Memorial Scholarship

Due Apr. 16

The Mary Quon Moy Ing Memorial Scholarship awards up to $2,000 to graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students that are enrolled full-time for fall 2017 through spring 2018.

Per AAJA:

“Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, commitment to the field of journalism and/or sensitivity to Asian American/Pacific Islander issues. AAJA student membership is encouraged for all applicants and required for the selected scholarship recipients.”

Vincent Chin Memorial Scholarship

Due Apr. 16

In 1982, Vincent Chin was beaten to death in Detroit. The murder was a racially-motivated hate crime, and the leniency given to Chin’s attackers united Asian Americans in a call for justice. This is one of the first instances of a pan-ethnic movement among Asian Americans.

The Vincent Chin Memorial Scholarship “rewards an accomplished, community-minded student journalist for an insightful, articulate essay related to Chin and his legacy.” There is no set amount for the scholarship, but last year’s winner received $500 for her essay.

Applicants must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time for fall of 2017 through spring of 2018 and must be taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing journalism as a career.

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