Frequently Asked Questions
Please review all the questions before contacting us.
- What kind of applicants is IHS looking for?
- May non-US-citizens apply?
- Where would I intern?
- Do I need a car?
- Does the program include housing?
- Does IHS pay for travel to and from the internship?
- Can I be enrolled in a full or part-time course load during the internship?
- What if I’ve already secured an internship and I’m just applying to IHS for funding?
What kind of applicants is IHS looking for?
IHS seeks young journalists with a demonstrated commitment to free markets and individual liberty who want to gain valuable experience toward a professional journalism career. Most program interns are juniors or seniors in their undergraduate studies, graduate students, and recent graduates. Many have done reporting for a school newspaper and demonstrated a clear interest in a journalism career.
The program is open to students and recent graduates of all nationalities. However, almost all internships are in the U.S., and American media outlets require all candidates to speak and write English fluently. In addition, candidates must meet all visa requirements. While we do not discourage applications for non-US-citizens, the number of non-US-citizens selected is minimal, for the reasons above and due to visa and travel costs. Past international journalism interns have come solely from Canada and the United Kingdom.
IHS places interns based on the needs of host firms and an intern’s preferences and experience, to arrange the best possible summer experience. In your application, you can list your top three internship choices and your areas of interest: features, hard news, opinion, etc.
Most newspaper reporting internships require interns to use their own car. At some locations, such as Washington DC, New York City, and Philadelphia, public transportation is available. At other locations, a car is required for covering stories and reporting the news.
Interns are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing at the internship site. Some host firms will help locate suitable housing.
The program covers the cost of discount coach airfares for roundtrip travel to the internship site. IHS will work with interns to arrange these discount coach airfares. Interns who wish to drive to the internship locations are reimbursed at 45 cents per mile up to the cost of the lowest coach airfare.
Can I be enrolled in a full or part-time course load during the internship?
No. IHS internships are a full-time commitment, and you must be able to work forty hours per week or more throughout your internship. Students may apply to obtain course credit from their academic institutions for the time spent at their internship.
What if I’ve already secured an internship and I’m just applying to IHS for funding?
Interns are welcome to independently seek an internship and then apply to IHS for funding. If you already secured an internship placement prior to applying to IHS, you can note this on your application.
Most major media networks require interns to receive college credit for the internship.To intern at major media networks, you must apply directly to both their programs and our program.
Some media network programs are listed below: