SCPA Foundation Internships & Scholarship
Apply for a 2021 Internship
The Foundation’s internship program provides a meaningful, hands-on training experience for students interested in news reporting, copy editing, photojournalism, advertising or visual communications. Our internship program prepares students for careers at S.C. newspapers after they graduate.
Two or more interns are placed each summer at daily and weekly SCPA member newspapers, allowing students an invaluable real-world training experience. If selected as an intern, you would be placed at a newspaper near the area or areas you put on your application. We will place you in a good learning environment, but we cannot guarantee you placement at a particular newspaper. Newspapers are given interns on a rotating basis.
This is a paid internship. Each internship is eight weeks long and pays $4,000 ($500 per week). You do not have to sign up for school credit to have this internship. However, if you want, the internship would qualify for class credit at most schools.
Internships are open to student journalists who attend a four-year college in South Carolina or reside in South Carolina and attend a four-year college elsewhere. Rising juniors and seniors, and recent college graduates are eligible to apply.
The deadline to apply for a 2021 summer internship has passed. Applications for 2022 will be available in fall 2021.
Apply for a 2021 Mundy Scholarship
The Foundation also awards a scholarship each year to a S.C. college student interested in pursuing a newspaper career. The premier scholarship, worth $1,000 per academic year, is named for the Foundation’s first president, the late Frank R. Mundy of the Greenwood Index-Journal.
Scholarships are open to student journalists who attend a four-year college in South Carolina or who reside in South Carolina and attend a four-year college elsewhere. Rising juniors and seniors are eligible to apply.
The deadline to apply for a 2021 scholarship has passed. Applications for 2022 will be available in fall 2021.
If you have questions about the scholarship or internship program, contact Jen Madden or call (803) 750-9561.
Meet the 2021 SCPA Foundation Interns
University of South Carolina
Intern at The Post and Courier Columbia/Free Times
From Fort Mill, South Carolina, Cota is the daughter of Melissa and Brian Cota.
Cota has been committed to journalism since high school, and she is currently the managing editor of UofSC’s student newspaper, The Daily Gamecock.
Cota is also a communications intern within USC’s School of Journalism and works directly with the Director of Scholastic Media, Leslie Dennis, to plan the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association (SCSPA) and Southern Interscholastic Press Association (SIPA) conferences.
“I want a newspaper career because I love reading, writing, meeting new
people, and learning about their experiences,” Cota wrote in her internship application. “I think everyone can benefit from learning about other peoples’ perspectives, and I believe that successful democracies require easy access to accurate, believable information. I understand that we’re living in a time of disinformation, and I want to help cultivate a renewed trust in the mainstream media.”
Cota said her favorite aspects of journalism include breaking news, investigative and
political reporting, and profile writing.
Cota will spend her eight-week internship at The Post and Courier Columbia/Free Times.
“I’m excited to dip my toes into the world of journalism at a professional news outlet,” Cota said. “I’m looking forward to growing my skills and learning how to effectively cover a beat. I also can’t wait to shadow other journalists and take notes from them.”
Francis Marion University
Intern at Myrtle Beach Herald/Carolina Forest Chronicle
Joshua Hardee is a senior mass communication and French double major at Francis Marion University (FMU).
He will spend his summer at Myrtle Beach Herald/Carolina Forest Chronicle growing his reporting, copy editing and multimedia journalism skills.
A native of Marion, Hardee is the son of Elizabeth Green.
Hardee has specialized in print journalism and public relations during his time at FMU. He has also been involved in his college newspaper, The Patriot, since his first semester. He has worked as both a writer and an editor, and within the last year, he has served as co-editor.
Hardee has been active in the FMU honors program as well as French club and Writers’ Release, a poetry club. He likes to write in a reporting capacity but enjoys writing poetry and fiction, too. He also likes to draw and play piano and guitar.
“I’m so looking forward to being more immersed in the news world and having a wider range of reporting opportunities,” Hardee said. “I know my internship at the Myrtle Beach Herald/Carolina Forest Chronicle will give me a lot of valuable experience, and I’m grateful that I can continue finding stories and sharing them with others after I graduate.”
Hubert Osteen Memorial Internship at The Sumter Item
at Winthrop University. A native of Fort Mill, Smyth is the youngest of five and the daughter of Robin and John Eddy. Smyth is married to Joseph Smyth and is raising a dog, Maple, and a cat, Everest, with her husband.
Smyth’s professional background is mostly grounded in education, having had multiple internships across the Fort Mill and Rock Hill public school districts.
Smyth joined The Johnsonian in August of 2020 as the news editor and promptly fell in love with the journalism field and hopes to first pursue a career as a high school English teacher, then later as a print journalist. Smyth is also interested in scholastic journalism and hopes to oversee a high school student newspaper during her career as a high school English teacher.
Smyth was recently hired as the editor-in-chief of The Johnsonian for the 2021-22 school year at Winthrop.
Smyth is a tutor at her university’s writing center and adores hiking and reading canon literature in her spare time.
“I am very excited for my internship at The Sumter Item and I know that through this internship I will acquire skills and knowledge that will greatly benefit The Johnsonian as well as any newspaper I pursue a career at post-graduation,” Smyth said. “I believe my being an English major will make me an asset to any newspaper I join.”
University of South Carolina
Intern at Greenville News
Hannah Wade is a third-year journalism major and Spanish minor at the University of South Carolina. A native of Chester, Wade is the daughter of Donnie and Tracy Wade.
Wade has gained media experience through both internships and student media. As a sophomore, she served as the photo editor for her college newspaper, The Daily Gamecock. She is also currently interning with SC ETV. Wade is interested in both investigative reporting and photojournalism.
Wade has also served as a resident mentor for university housing for the last two years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and her cat, Bagel.
“I hope to work in nonprofit journalism after graduation,” Wade said. “I’m excited for this opportunity to learn and grow as a journalist and a photographer at The Greenville News.”
Meet the 2021 Mundy Scholar
Faith Worrell, a visual communications major and art studio minor at the University of South Carolina, was named this year’s SCPA Foundation Mundy Scholar.
She will receive $1,000 to put toward her education.
The Mundy Scholarship is given in memory of R. Frank Mundy, the late publisher of the Index-Journal in Greenwood and the first president of the SCPA Foundation.
A native of Florence, South Carolina, Worrell is the daughter of Howard and Mary Worrell.
Worrell has two years of media experience through her college paper, The Daily Gamecock where she is the co-sports editor. Worrell is striving for a career in sports photography and photojournalism.
Worrell is on the South Carolina club hockey’s creative media team and spends her free time serving with the college ministry at First Baptist Columbia.
“I’m excited about the career I’m pursuing in photojournalism for a local newspaper,” Worrell said. “This scholarship will ease the financial load of my senior year and I’m so grateful for being awarded such an honor.”
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