Scripps Howard Semester in Washington Internship Program

The Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington internship program brings two international students per year to Washington, D.C., to work at the Scripps Howard News Service for a semester. The internship is designed to give international students an opportunity to cover events in the U.S. capital, as well as to report and write feature stories for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. Stories written by Scripps Howard interns may be published in newspapers across the United States.

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Former intern Marta Lillo describes her internship experience and how it has affected her journalism career.

The internship is open to undergraduate journalism or communications students who intend to pursue careers in journalism after graduation. Interns must be fluent in both spoken and written English. Interns who are selected in the program will work in one of two periods: January to April or September to December.

The internship is sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation, which strives to advance the cause of a free press through support of excellence in journalism, quality journalism education and professional development. International participants in the program are recruited and selected by the International Center for Journalists, which provides training and other assistance to journalists across the globe.

Our Stories

  • Jan 162014

    My Adventure in Washington

    Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, the White House, the Pentagon… I covered a variety of news from the U.S. government, to education, business and features during my internship in Washington,D.C.

    I am a junior at School of Journalism and Communication, Tsinghua University, China, where I major in Media Economics and Management. This semester, I worked as a multimedia reporter at Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. As the first Chinese student enrolled in this program, I have learned a lot through covering various events happening in the capital of the United States. I reported Sino-U.S.

  • Jun 302011

    Scripps Intern: Experience Is a Journalistic Dream Come True

    The Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington Program is every journalism student’s dream come true.

    The day I arrived in Washington D.C., I received my congressional pass that served as a passport offering unlimited access to the insides of the political arena in the U.S. capital. The program has given me the kind of tremendous exposure no other foundation or organization could have offered: the exceptional opportunity to rub shoulders with politicians, celebrities and world-famous journalists; the movers and shakers who make it all.

  • Aug 312010

    Scripps Howard Intern Shiraz Mukarram of Pakistan Reports from the White House

    Scripps Howard Interns get the opportunity to report on the ins-and-outs of Washington, D.C., even reporting from inside the White House. Intern Shiraz Mukarram of Pakistan shook hands with President Obama and was welcomed inside the Presidential palace to report on International Women's Day featuring former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and actress Kerry Washington.


  • See video

    Former intern Marta Lillo describes her internship experience and how it has affected her journalism career.