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 $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.
Intern selection notification: Early April 2021
Internship period: Summer 2021*
*In 2020, the Foundation decided to not award internships because of COVID-19. We will closely watch the spread of the virus in Spring 2021. The safety and health of the students is our highest priority.
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.
Scholarship selection notification: Early April 2021
Scholarship payments: $500 for Fall 2021 and $500 for Spring 2022 semesters
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 2020 Mundy Scholar
Anna Sharpe, a Mass Communication and Spanish major at Winthrop University, was named this year’s SCPA Foundation Mundy Scholar.
Sharpe 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.
Sharpe, a Summerville native, is an aspiring investigative journalist and was named SCPA’s Collegiate Journalist of the Year in 2020. She has served as the editor of Winthrop’s weekly newspaper, The Johnsonian, and will continue as managing editor in the fall.
“I am extremely honored to be awarded the Mundy Scholarship,” Sharpe said. “I am looking forward to covering important stories on campus in the upcoming school year and making a difference in my community.”
Sharpe is the daughter of Mike and Julie Sharpe. In her free time, she enjoys practicing her Spanish skills and spending time with friends.
Due to COVID-19, the SCPA Foundation will not be providing interns to S.C. newspapers during the summer of 2020. The decision was made by the Foundation Board in the interest of students and staff safety. We plan to offer internships again next year.
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