SCPA Foundation Internships & Scholarship

Apply for a 2020 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 $3,200 ($400 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.

Application deadline: March 6, 2020
Intern selection notification: Early April 2020
Internship period: Summer 2020

Apply for an internship.

Apply for a 2020 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 $3,000 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.

Application deadline: March 6, 2020
Scholarship selection notification: Early April 2020
Scholarship payments: $500 for Fall 2020 and $500 for Spring 2021 semesters

Apply for a scholarship.

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

Meet the 2019 Interns and Mundy Scholar

Alyssa Washington
Alyssa Washington
Matthew Edwards
Matthew Edwards
Tea Franco
Tea Franco

The SCPA Foundation has selected the 2019 Mundy Scholar and two college students to serve as interns at S.C. newspapers this summer.

Alyssa Washington, a sophomore mass communication and Spanish double major at Winthrop University, was named this year’s Mundy Scholar. 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.

Washington, a Gaffney native, serves as editor-in-chief of The Roddey McMillan Record, Winthrop’s monthly newspaper.

“I believe I can make a difference not only in my community, but throughout the entire world,” Washington said. “After obtaining my degree, I want to travel the world and be a voice for the voiceless; advocating for social justice issues and taboo topics in underdeveloped, underrepresented, and overlooked people and places. Thank you SCPA from the bottom of my heart for the opportunity to continue to shine as a journalist.” 

Washington is a member of Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority and serves as the 2019-2020 Historian for the Winthrop University Association of Black Journalists. She is the daughter of Sonya Washington.

Meet the 2019 interns

This year the Foundation awarded internships to two phenomenal students that will help prepare them for careers in newspaper journalism after graduation. Each internship is eight weeks long and pays $3,200.

Matthew Edwards
Dillon native Matthew Edwards, a journalism student at the University of South Carolina, will spend his summer in Columbia with The State newspaper.

Edwards is a sports writer and former copy editor of The Daily Gamecock. He covered the 2018 Belk Bowl in Charlotte and a variety of Gamecock athletic events.

He said his writing interests are in sports and corporate journalism.

“I know my experiences over the summer at The State will enhance my writing skills, as well as my reporting skills,” Edwards said. “Working in a professional news room will also help prepare me for senior semester at the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism.”

Edwards is a member of the Opportunity Scholars Program at USC. He is the son of Judy Hammond and Danny Ray Edwards, Sr.

Read Matthew’s recap of his summer.

Téa Franco
Téa Franco, a senior print journalism major at Winthrop University, will work with The Summerville Journal Scene.

Franco currently serves as editor-in-chief of The Johnsonian at Winthrop and previously served as social media editor and news editor of Winthrop’s multicultural newspaper, The Roddey McMillan Record. She has had previous internships with The Borgen Project and Summerville Dream.

“I am really looking forward to working with the staff of The Summerville Journal Scene,” Franco said. “After reading their newspaper for years as a Summerville resident, it will be interesting to be a part of getting news out to our community. I hope to improve my feature writing skills over the summer.”

Franco said she is interested in the way journalism can advocate for underserved communities and the ways digital media can be integrated with traditional media for a more fully engaged media experience.

Read Téa’s recap of her summer.

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