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Internship Alert: Princeton University Seeking Students for All-Expense-Paid Summer Program

January 27, 2012 09:00 AM
Forest Park, IL...Princeton, one of the most prestigious higher learning institutions in the country, is now seeking junior students to apply for The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program.

The program's goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students' travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program.

Since 2002, more than 200 students from high schools across the country have been selected to participate in the program. They were taught by journalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Miami Herald, The New Republic and The New Yorker; they covered Yankees, Mets, Jets and Liberty games and held a press conference with New Jersey's secretary of state; they met with Princeton University's president and dean of admissions; they received counseling on their college applications from our staff, which consists of Princeton University alumni and undergraduates; and they published their own newspaper.

To be eligible for the program, students must meet the following qualifications:
  • They must currently be juniors in high school.
  • They must live in the continental United States.
  • They must have at least an unweighted 3.5 grade point average (out of 4.0).
  • They must have an interest in journalism.
  • The combined income of their custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, must not exceed $45,000.
The application process will take place in two parts. For the first part, students should fill out the application, which can be found and submitted online here: Princeton University must receive the application by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. No extensions will be given for any reason. Please do not mail a hard copy of the application to Princeton University.

Princeton2In the second round of the application process, finalists will be interviewed by the program directors—either in person or over the phone—and they will be asked to provide printed copies of the following items via U.S. mail: an official transcript; the first page of the 2009 (or 2010, if available) income-tax return form (the 1040 or 1040EZ form) of their custodial parent(s)/guardian(s), or a signed statement by their parent(s)/guardian(s) saying that their income is below the level at which they would be required to file income tax returns; a recommendation letter from a teacher; and clips from their high school newspaper or other publication (optional).

To learn more about the Princeton Summer Journalism Program and to read previous editions of our publication, The Princeton Summer Journal, and to read testimonies from students, please visit The program will run for 10 days from a Friday to a Monday at the end of the July through the first week in August.

If you have questions, email All application materials—as well as additional information about the program—are available at


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