Pulliam Internships

The Eugene S. Pulliam Internship Program is named in honor of the late publisher of The Indianapolis Star and The Indianapolis News. The program offers work at daily and nondaily newspapers in Indiana and encourages students to enter careers in newspapers.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Students must have at least one semester of coursework remaining following completion of the internship. Graduate students and former HSPA Pulliam interns are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be residents of Indiana or attend an Indiana college or university.
  • Students must have reliable automobile transportation to and from the workplace.

Submission deadline: 5 p.m., January 21, 2022.

How to apply

Students – As part of the application, students must apply online and submit all of the required documents by the deadline above. The required letter of recommendation must be received in the HSPA office by the same deadline.

  1. Work experience/resume reflecting your ability to perform an internship;
  2. Letter of referral or recommendation from college newspaper, yearbook or faculty adviser for whom you have worked, or from a professor you had in a newspaper-related class (i.e. journalism, photography, graphic arts).
  3. Samples of your work reflecting your ability to perform an internship in the areas you selected. Writing samples may be Word or PDF files. Artwork must be PDF files. Photographs must be jpg format with captions. If you want to be considered for a photojournalism internship, you will have the opportunity to upload up to 10 unrelated single photographs, and optionally one picture story (of up to 10 photographs) and one link to a video. (If you are applying for more than one area, you must provide samples in each applicable area, i.e. three writing samples and at least three but not more than 10 digital pictures photography samples.) In lieu of work samples, indicate your work experience that would qualify you for internship; and
  4. A personal statement of no more than 400 words (typed and double-spaced) explaining why you are interested in serving an internship at an Indiana newspaper. Include any other information not on the application form you believe will assist the selection committee.

Document Formats

  • Writing samples may be submitted in Word (.doc or docx), text, or PDF formats.
  • Photographs are submitted in .jpg format, with captions in the Caption or Description fields.

What applicants need to know

Although most internships will occur during the summer months, they may be performed any time prior to Dec. 31 of the given year.

Pulliam Internships pay a stipend of $350 per week based on a 35-hour week. These students will work for 10 weeks for a total not to exceed $3,500. The newspaper pays the intern through its payroll system used for regular staff members. All internships are considered 35-hour-per-week, full-time positions.

Although we attempt to place students with newspapers close to their residence, logistics often require interns to commute. For that reason, candidates should have access to reliable transportation. In some instances students may even wish to seek temporary housing. To help us best place a candidate with a nearby newspaper, applicants should carefully complete the location section of the application.


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