SCPA Foundation Internships & Scholarships

Apply for a 2025 Summer 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 SCPA member newspapers, allowing students an invaluable real-world training experience.

If selected as an intern, you will be matched with an SCPA member newspaper that can provide the best learning environment for your area of interest. The Foundation will place you at a newspaper near an area where you already have access to housing.

This is a paid internship. Each internship is eight weeks long and pays $4,480. 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.

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.

Deadline to apply: Dec. 2, 2024
Intern selection notification: February 2025
Internship period: Summer 2025

Complete Application 

Apply for a 2025 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.

Deadline to apply: Dec. 2, 2024 
Scholarship selection notification: February 2025
Scholarship payments: $500 for Fall 2025 and $500 for Spring 2026 semester

Complete Application

 If you have questions about the scholarship or internship program, contact Jen Madden or call (803) 750-9561.

Meet the 2024 SCPA Foundation Interns

Win Hammond

Win Hammond
University of South Carolina
Intern at Aiken Standard

Win Hammond of the University of South Carolina will spend his summer at the Aiken Standard.
Hammond is a multimedia journalism major at the University of South Carolina set to earn his Master’s in Mass Communications by May 2025 with the university’s accelerated master’s program.
Hammond has worked on the university’s student newspaper, The Daily Gamecock, all three of his undergraduate years. He has had internships with the South Carolina Press Association and The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina as a communications intern where he worked under two-time SC journalist of the year Avery Wilks.
Hammond is interested in politics and business accountability reporting. He enjoys reading and writing fiction, and going to concerts in his free time.
“I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to work for a strong daily paper such as the Aiken Standard,” Hammond said. “I know I will come out of my internship a better writer and reporter.”

Madison Sharrock

Madison Sharrock
Coastal Carolina University
Intern at the Coastal Observer

Coastal Carolina University’s Madison Sharrock is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in communication with a specialized focus in interactive journalism, minoring in both new media & digital culture and film & production studies.
She will complete her internship this summer with the Coastal Observer located in
Pawleys Island.
Throughout her academic journey, Sharrock has demonstrated a keen interest in the
intersection of media and journalism, particularly in how media influences society. Since her middle school days, she developed a passion for filmmaking and aspires to make documentaries as a means of storytelling in the future.
The first-generation junior was recognized as the Department of Communication, Media, and Culture’s Outstanding Freshman and Outstanding Sophomore. In 2023, Sharrock was also the first S.C. Press Association Foundation’s Frank R. Mundy Scholar recognized from CCU.
Sharrock joined her college newspaper, The Chanticleer, late in her freshman year. As a reporter and the Assistant Editor, she covered developing stories on CCU’s campus. With editing and leadership experience under her belt, she stepped into her role as Editor-in-Chief with a new vision for the newspaper.
Sharrock is originally from Shelby, Ohio, and attends CCU on the President’s Scholar
Award. In between reporting, she enjoys playing tennis and spending quality time with her friends and family.
“I feel incredibly lucky to be one of the two students chosen out of the entire state for this internship. I’m excited to learn skills with the Coastal Observer I can translate into my journalism career,” Sharrock said. “Supporting student journalism today is crucial to foster solid journalists tomorrow.”

Meet the 2024 Foundation Scholars

Brooke Bromberg

Brooke Bromberg
Coastal Carolina University

Brooke Bromberg is a communication major with a focus in interactive journalism, and minors in creative writing and social media. She is a junior at Coastal Carolina University, and is originally from Marlton, New Jersey. 
Bromberg has been immersing herself in the world of journalism since 2022, when she first joined her college newspaper The Chanticleer as a volunteer reporter. She is now the Assistant Editor of The Chanticleer, and has completed two internships.
Her first internship was with Ash Events, a wedding planner based in Pawleys Island, where she focused on social media. She completed this internship during her freshman year. The summer after her sophomore year, she was a news intern at the Coastal Observer, an award-winning weekly newspaper in South Carolina. 
Bromberg is hoping to continue her career in the journalism field and is particularly interested in social media, print news, public relations and reporting. 
“All throughout high school I was unsure of what I wanted to do in the future, but once I landed on journalism I never looked back,” Bromberg said. “This is my first award in journalism and I couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity. I owe so much of my success to my parents for their continued support, as well as the staff at The Chanticleer.”

Xavier Martin

Xavier Martin
University of South Carolina

The Foundation is also awarding a $1,000 scholarship to USC’s Xavier Martin to help with the June 2024 Education Abroad program, “Barcelona, Spain: Beyond the Classroom.”
Xavier Martin is a senior Visual Communications major with a sports media concentration at the University of South Carolina. He is native to Florida’s Space Coast, growing up around Brevard County, FL.
Martin’s path to media began with enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard. When he wasn’t out at sea, he volunteered to cover events for military functions around his home port of Charleston, SC. After leaving the service, he earned his Associate of Arts from Eastern Florida State College in Cocoa, FL before transferring to the University of South Carolina to complete his bachelor’s degree.
While attending USC, Martin worked for The Daily Gamecock, working as a senior photographer and the Photography Section Editor. Outside of student media, Martin has served as the Student Veterans Association’s Visual Communications Director and documented concerts around the state for Ryze-Up Magazine.
“After graduation, I strive to work for a local newspaper where I can report on and document news affecting people at the grassroots level,” Martin said.

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