South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) 2017 Internship Fund

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Application Deadline: May 20th 2017

The South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) is accepting applications for its 2017 Internship Fund. The Fund is intended to support journalism students as they embark on their journalism careers. SAJA internships will be awarded to students who have secured unpaid or low-paid internships for the summer of 2017.

SAJA will award up to $4,000 to two students, each receiving a maximum of $2,000.


Current undergraduate or graduate level students enrolled in North America in an accredited college or university who secure an unpaid internship with a news organization in North America.

Of South Asian descent (includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka; Indo-Caribbeans are also eligible) OR demonstrate an interest in South Asia or the diaspora.

Must have an unpaid internship offer from a recognized media organization.

Immediate relatives of SAJA Board members and judges are INELIGIBLE to apply.

The internship cannot be at a newsroom owned by the candidate’s family.

S/he must demonstrate an interest in journalism and South Asia by providing three samples of work on the subject.

On completion of their internships, recipients are expected to give back to SAJA by volunteering at our events like the upcoming Awards and Scholarship dinner or in other ways approved by a SAJA board member. The internship fund recipients can also give back to SAJA by promoting our mission, membership drive and donation requests via social media.

Award Process

Successful students will be paid the internship fund in two installments, one at the start, and one at the completion of the internship.

Payment of the second installment would be dependent on the student having come up with a plan to contribute/give back to SAJA.


Send a PDF document to:
Malik Siraj Akbar at
with “SAJA Internship Fund 2017” in the subject line.

The single PDF document MUST include:

1) A cover letter, resume, including contact information of three references

2) The internship offer letter with details on the terms of remuneration, length of internship, and point of contact at the media organization

3) Three samples of work

4) A 350-word essay on why you should be awarded the internship fund

Applicants may be interviewed by phone or in person by a member of the internship committee. Each student will be required to state how they would give back to SAJA and provide SAJA with a picture and quote about how the internship fund helped them. The deadline to apply for SAJA internship fund is May 20, 2017. Winners will be notified in early June

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) 2017 Internship Fund

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