Internships

The Department of Journalism recommends that all students complete at least one internship during their college career. Internships are a great way to explore a field, get work experience, publish work and make professional connections.

Please be aware that if you are planning on enrolling in JOUR 617 you must complete a Journalism Internship Pre-Approval form prior to enrolling if it is not a certified internship.

Students can only enroll in one capstone (JOUR 605, JOUR 609, JOUR 617) at a time.

Our media internships website provides information on where to find media internships.

The Department of Journalism at SF State welcomes pitches from journalism majors and minors for a special KQED internship to further the goals of longtime journalist and instructor Raul Ramirez. The internship seeks to promote work that reflects the experience and points of view of diverse individuals.

Raul Ramirez championed diversity in journalism throughout a long and distinguished career.

He was gay and Latino, at time when members of both groups were not particularly welcomed in mainstream newsrooms. Ramirez rose to be the executive editor at KQED while also teaching classes at San Francisco State and UC-Berkeley. Before that, Ramirez spent 23 years at several of the nation's largest news organizations, including the San Francisco Examiner, Oakland Tribune, Washington Post, Miami Herald and Wall Street Journal. For Raul, “Journalism had always been about the power of voices.”

Raul died in November of 2013 at age 67, just four months after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Before his passing, he gave $25,000 to create the Raul Ramirez Diversity in Journalism Fund at San Francisco State University, which recognizes journalism students whose work promotes diversity. The fund has since grown through contributions from colleagues, friends and family.

Raul Ramirez

Internship Description

The Raul Ramirez Diversity in Journalism Fund is used to support an internship at KQED with the digital news team. The 17-week internship program will run from January through May, two days a week (8 hours a day) at KQED and includes a three-day orientation in January. A stipend equal to the San Francisco minimum wage will be paid throughout the internship. This year, the internship will be completely remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the period of the internship, the student will pitch, develop and execute a long-term project that highlights and encourages discussion of an issue affecting an underrepresented community. The project medium is the intern’s choice, but should have an online-first focus. It’s recommended students complete JOUR 300 Reporting prior to the start of the internship.

To receive the internship, a student must be enrolled at least half time as an undergraduate journalism major at San Francisco State University during the academic year in which the award will be disbursed. (Students graduating in December 2020 are eligible to apply.) Recipients must be in good academic standing, as determined by San Francisco State University, at the time they apply and at the time of the internship.

How to Apply

To apply, email (in a single PDF) the following to Amber Wehrer at amberw@sfsu.edu with the subject line: Raul Ramirez Internship by Nov. 13 at 5 p.m.

  1. Name, student ID number, expected graduation date
  2. A 500-word-or-less pitch for an online journalistic project that highlights and encourages discussion of an issue affecting communities that are under-covered. Include how producing this could impact public perception or public policy. The pitch must show evidence of research to support its feasibility.
  3. Links to or clips of previously published work (college publications included).
  4. A current resume

Visit the KDEQ website to learn more and to help you understand the importance of diversity to Raul Ramirez and to this project.

Important: SF State uses an online portal to ensure that internships are safe for students. There are a number of forms required after you have accepted an internship. Please visit the ULink site to get started.

Bay Area:

National:

  • J-Weekly - Online newspaper/Digital Journalism and Editorial Intern/Local
  • OZY Media - Online/Reporter/Researcher/Mountain View, CA
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune - Reporter, Multimedia Producer, Videographer, Photographer

Bay Area:

National:

Bay Area:

  • KQED - Radio News/Local, Photographer, Arts Internship, Science Photographer
  • KALW - News Audio Academy, Summer Radio Journalism Training Program

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If you have received an internship with one of the above organizations, please have your internship supervisor email the Journalism Department Internship Acceptance Form (DOCX) to the department chair. This form is required to be signed by the add deadline.

Please see the forms page. The internship proposal provides our faculty with an objective evaluation of whether or not an internship qualifies for credit. requirement. If we find it does not, students will still have the opportunity to complete the internship for academic credit – JOUR 699 Independent Study, but it will not count toward graduation.

Students or employers may initiate the proposal process. Once approved, and internship is also approved for future students unless the parameters change.