Apply now for Pulliam interns


If your newsroom could use some new talent and fresh ideas for 10 weeks this summer, consider applying for a 2013 intern through the HSPA Foundation.

Editors just need to provide a mentor and an educational experience for a student.

2013 interns

To apply for a Pulliam intern in your news­room in 2013, click here.

The Eugene S. Pulliam Internship Program, named in honor of the late publisher of The Indianapolis Star and The Indianapolis News, offers work at daily and nondaily newspapers in Indiana to college students who will have at least one term of coursework remaining after completion of the internship.

Both students and newspapers must apply by March 1, 2013.

Collegians have four additional application components to complete and submit by the deadline.

“We will place our 130th student in 2013,” said Karen T. Braeckel, director of the HSPA Foundation. “We wish we could provide even more opportunities for both the interns and our member papers.

“For the past few years we matched applicants in credit-only situations to extend the experience beyond the 10 selected for paid positions.”

Student applicants must be residents of Indiana or attend an Indiana college or university. Graduate students and former HSPA Pulliam interns are not eligible.

The program encourages students to enter careers in newspapers.

Each intern receives $330 per week for the 40-hour, full-time position. The Foundation provides this stipend and asks the newspaper to kick in $33 a week to cover the nonrefundable taxes.

“We attempt to place students with newspapers close to their hometown or campus whenever possible,” Braeckel said. “Our small amount of assistance to those who must relocate does not go far.”

If a newspaper and student agree to an internship but want to seek funding through the Pulliam program, the Foundation will work with both if the student is selected and the agreement is noted on both applications.

The program offers more than most internships.

Two Foundation-provided mentors work with the students on multimedia and writing to improve their skills.

The students must create a multimedia project during the internship to prepare them for the changing expectations in the industry.

“The internship program remains the major expenditure in the Foundation’s annual budget,” Braeckel said. “The Pulliam family made it possible through their generosity.”

In the fall of 2000, the original board of directors launched a founding fund drive to raise $1 million to sustain its programming.

In February 2001, the family of Eugene S. Pulliam, a longtime supporter of HSPA, announced a lead gift of $250,000, a challenge grant with a one-for-two match.