HBCU News Internship

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At McClatchy, we strive to be the eyes, ears and voice of the communities we cover. We know to do this effectively takes training up a new generation of driven and diverse journalists. That’s why this year we are introducing a new HBCU initiative as part of our summer 2024 internship program.

This summer, McClatchy is seeking students and recent graduates from accredited HBCU programs to intern at one of our six largest newsrooms: The Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, The Charlotte Observer, The Raleigh News and Observer, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and The Sacramento Bee.

The HBCU News Internship is a news-specific initiative in tandem with our annual summer internship program. If you are a student or recent graduate passionate about journalism that engages the community, uncovers issues beneath the surface and effects real local change, we want to hear from you.

In addition to this program, we will be continuing our separate three-year-long program first launched last year - the McClatchy HBCU Internship –  training students in multiple aspects of our media company from product innovation to human resources. The application window for that program will open in January 2024. For more information on that, contact Natalie Piner at [email protected]

HBCU News Internship

Our summer news internships are 10-week, paid positions that provide weekly skills training sessions and networking opportunities.

As a summer news intern, you can expect to: 

  • Be treated like a staff member, whether you are working as a reporter, visual storyteller, or audience / social media specialist. 
  • You will be assigned to a senior-level mentor during the internship and will receive coaching, training and mentoring.
  • Work with seasoned staffers and work directly with local leaders.

We are seeking smart, curious self-starters who are interested in a professional career in journalism, multimedia and digital design.

To qualify for this program, you must be a current student or graduate of an accredited HBCU. Previous experience reporting for a student or professional news publication is a plus. 

For full consideration, applicants must submit a persuasive cover letter, resume and four to six samples of their strongest work to the link below. For questions and more information, contact Rick Hirsch at [email protected].

Deadline: November 30, 2023.

We believe in telling the stories that shape and shake our world. If you believe as we do, come join a company with a 160-year history of being a force for change. We have a great opportunity for you.


McClatchy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity (EEO) for all applicants and employees. McClatchy considers all candidates without regard to basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, medical condition, family care status, pregnancy or physical disability (except where physical fitness is a valid occupational qualification), or any other basis protected by state and federal laws.