Summer 2020

International Journalism Internship Scholarship Programs

The Department of Communication is offering internship opportunities for journalism students at English-language newspapers in several countries through two scholarship programs. This is an exceptional opportunity for students to gain dynamic journalism experience and to learn about other cultures.

Foreign Intrigue Scholarships available for: Citizen Matters – Bangalore, India; The Jordan Times – Amman, Jordan; Awoko – Freetown, Sierra Leone; Coconuts Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand; and The Jakarta Globe – Jakarta, Indonesia.

Journalism North American Scholarships available for: CIMAC Noticias – Mexico City. Student must speak and write Spanish well.

Submit your application to the Communication Commons (CMU 118E). It should include:

  1. Online application form (– submitted online)
  2. Resume – with 3 references (at least one from a Communication faculty member)
  3. Three examples of your published work (preferably journalistic work)
  4. Unofficial transcript


Questions?  Contact Jessica Partnow (

The Department will make the internship assignments. Selected students must attend orientation sessions late Winter quarter and participate in virtual prep sessions during Spring quarter. Students will also be expected to contact their host news organization and learn more about the host country once they’ve been selected.

Costs paid by the Department of Communication:

  • Airfare:   The Department will provide up to $1300 for roundtrip airfare.
  • Housing: The Department will contribute $500 for housing.
  • UW credits and insurance:  Through the UW Office of International Programs and Exchanges, the Department will pay for concurrent credits ($450).
  • Foreign Intrigue Scholarship and Journalism North American Scholarship participants earn 12 academic credits (4 COM 460, 5 COM 498, 3 COM 499 or 12 GENST 350)
  • Graduating seniors please note: you must delay graduation until after the foreign intrigue internship and journalism north American internship is completed. You may walk at graduation in the spring.

Your costs:

  • Housing, food: Depending on location, you may need to spend $500 to $2,000.
  • Additional travel (beyond roundtrip to the internship site).
  • Additional health insurance.  If you want extra health insurance, you’ll need to buy it yourself.

Timeline: International Reporting Internship Scholarship Programs

Application Timeline

Info Session: Thursday January 9, 3:30pm in CMU 302

Application Deadline: Sunday Jan 19

Application Review: Jan 20-26

Interviews for selected applicants: Jan 27-Feb 6

Final selections: Mid February 

Orientation sessions: Late Winter and early Spring quarters

For selected applicants

Final interview/initial contact with host organization: February

Register with International Programs & Exchanges Office: March

Make travel arrangements with host organization: May

Meet with Foreign Intrigue program funder: Late Spring Quarter (same day as scholarship awards ceremony – Foreign Intrigue Recipients only)

Internship: Somewhat flexible; 10-12 weeks between June and September

During the internship, all international interns are required to submit weekly updates.

Upon completion, each intern must write up a reflective blog post about the experience.

Interns are expected to participate in application and orientation sessions for incoming applicants during the year following their internship posting.


  • Foreign Intrigue Scholarship
    • Emily Gilbert, The Jakarta Globe, Jakarta, Indonesia
    • Grace Li Dong Madigan, Citizen Matters, Bangalore, India
    • Emma Scher, Awoko, Freetown, Sierra Leone
    • Liz Turnbull, The Jordan Times, Amman, Jordan
    • Yemas Ly, Prachathai, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Journalism North American Scholarship




  • Foreign Intrigue Scholarship
  • Journalism North American Scholarship
  • Independent Reporting Project
    • Sarah Park – IE3 Global Internship focusing on Human Rights,  Amman, Jordan


  • Foreign Intrigue Scholarship
  • Independent Reporting Project
    • Shannon Foss – English Teaching Assistantship through the Fulbright Scholar program, Romania


  • Foreign Intrigue Scholarship
  • Independent Reporting Project
    • Adiba Khan – Project on Global Health through the Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium program, Nairobi, Kenya


  • Foreign Intrigue Scholarship
  • Independent Reporting Project






  • Foreign Intrigue Scholarship



  • Foreign Intrigue Scholarship


  • Foreign Intrigue Scholarship