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MDDC Summer Internship Program

MDDC’s Reese Cleghorn internship program supports college-student journalists by providing experience, training and mentoring  in newsrooms in Maryland, Delaware or District of Columbia through full-time, 40-hour per week, 8-week paid summer internships (total compensation for each intern is at least $4,800 for the 8-week program).

Internship Application

Recommendation Submission*

*send this link to the three references submitted through the internship application


Students with a strong career interest in print journalism (and associated platforms) who have completed a college-level course in one of these areas or have equivalent experience on a college or community publication.  Open to undergraduates either:

  • attending any Maryland, Delaware, or the District of Columbia four-year college/university, OR
  • a resident of Maryland, Delaware or District of Columbia attending a four-year college/university elsewhere

Tips for Applying

Watch our webinar for tips on applying for a journalism internship:


  • Applicants must have the use of an automobile during the internship and be living within a reasonable driving distance of their assigned news media organization.
  • Assignments will be made to participating news media organizations as near as possible to the residences of the selected applicants.
  • Samples of published journalism, copy editing or photojournalism are required.
  • Assignment to a particular organization will be subject to the approval of the editor.

Submitting an Application

  • The open period to submit an application is September 15 – December 9.
  • To submit an application, click here.

Items to gather prior to submitting the online application:

  • 300-word essay describing your interest in a journalism career
  • 3 Professional references:
    • References are due by the application deadline.
    • One reference must be a professor.
    • One reference should be a faculty advisor (preferred) or editor of a college news organization.
    • Please provide this link to your references:
    • References from fellow students or relatives will not be accepted unless you are working with them in a professional capacity.
  • For Copy Editor or Reporting applicants, 3-5 samples of your news writing:
    • Must use PDF file type
    • Published with your by-line or verification from editor
    • Work submitted for credit in college news writing course may be used in lieu of published writing samples (please specify course, instructor, where course was taken).
  • For Photojournalism applicants:
    • 5+ photographs made on a newspaper or classroom assignment
    • Writing samples (if desired, not required)


Finalists for internships will be notified via email and must attend an in-person or Zoom interview with the Intern Selection Committee in late December or early January.


Please contact Rebecca Snyder with any questions.


The internship program is supported by the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Foundation and the Delaware Community Foundation.