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Who Qualifies
The program is open to student journalists (undergraduate and graduate) at all Oregon colleges and universities. You must have completed a college-level reporting course and/or have gained experience with a campus or community news publication. You must be a student at the time you apply. It’s OK if you will have graduated by the time the summer internship begins.

How are interns selected?
Snowden interns are selected for their potential for successful media careers based on their reporting experience, commitment to ethics, academic performance and passion for journalism.

Apply online via this link: the application process for summer 2024 is now closed. Please check back in the fall for details about applying for summer 2025 internships.

Applications are due Friday, January 12, 2024 by 11:59 p.m. PST. Late applications will not be accepted.

Note: The application program should allow you to go “back” to previous pages on the application. You should also be able to leave this survey and re-enter to finish it later. However, because of technology glitches, we can’t guarantee that this feature will work properly. As such, we suggest that you have all of your application materials ready to go and that you’re submitting them in one session.

The application will ask for:

  • Name
  • College/University currently attending
  • Expected graduation date (month and year)
  • Email address (university email)
  • Email address (permanent email, such as gmail, outlook, iCloud, etc.):
  • Phone
  • Permanent mailing address
  • Link to your online portfolio
  • Names of two references

You must respond to two short-answer questions and write an essay:

  • Describe the type of reporting position you would like to have as a Snowden intern. (Describe the work itself, not the location or publication.)
  • Your strengths with different reporting formats. Please rank them, with your strongest area first: audio, photography, video, writing. You are welcome to provide details about your experience with each format.
  • Essay (no more than 500 words): Tell us the story of you, the journalist. Why do you want to pursue journalism? What have been the moments that have shaped your work? What impact do you hope to have as a journalist? There’s no need to list your work experience here — your resume will provide that background. Instead, share experiences and anecdotes. Details always help illuminate your story.

You will be asked to upload:

  • Your current resume as a PDF file
  • Transcripts from all colleges or universities you’ve attended (official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable).

NOTE: You will be asked to provide a link to your portfolio website. The portfolio should highlight your work as a journalist. This work can include published work, as well as other work you wish to share, including class assignments, course projects, any independent or self-published work. We won’t be evaluating the design of the portfolio website. We’re interested in the content and the quality of the work. We cannot evaluate any work not included in your portfolio.

NOTE: You will be asked for the names of two references. These references should know your work and can attest to your personal and professional responsibility. For example, recommenders may include professors and editors, or supervisors from jobs, internships or volunteer work. We will not accept recommendations from other students. For each recommender, you must provide the name, title, phone and email address as part of your application. You must also ask your recommenders to fill out a recommendation form. 

It’s your responsibility to ensure that your recommenders have this link and complete the online form by Friday, January 12, 2024 by 11:59 p.m. PST.

If you have any questions about the Snowden Program, please contact the Program Co-Coordinators Nicole Dahmen and Brent Walth.

Rachel Allen, Associate Director of Student Services can support you in preparing your application materials.

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