McClatchy/HBCU Internship

News Sacramento, California


At McClatchy, we believe in being the eyes, ears & voice for the communities we cover. To achieve this we know our workforce needs to represent those communities.

To help ensure this, we’ve established the McClatchy HBCU Internship as a pathway for HBCU business and journalism students to receive a well-rounded experience that exposes them to the world of media/publishing and helps us build the next generation of professionals committed to McClatchy and our mission.

We know that internships lay the foundation for future careers. The McClatchy HBCU Internship is an opportunity for successful HBCU students to receive a guaranteed internship every summer of their college journey and a job upon graduation. This opportunity will help students successfully transition from the classroom to the media industry.

 Key Features of the Program

  • This opportunity is available to freshmen/rising sophomores who are interested in pursuing careers in any aspect of our business – journalism, multimedia, digital design, marketing, business, human resources, product innovation, finance, and/or information technology. 

  • Six recipients will each participate in a ten-week full-time internship. Internships will pay $15 per hour. 

  • Recipients must agree to be available for the internship for three consecutive summers as well as commit to working for McClatchy one full year upon graduation. Every effort will be made to provide the internship and job in the area of interest to the student. 

As a McClatchy HBCU Intern, you can expect to: 

  • Be assigned to a senior-level mentor during the internship and first year of employment. 

  • Receive coaching, training and mentoring.

  • Work with seasoned staffers and work directly with local leaders.

  • Work on projects that help solve recurring problems and improve business.

  • Develop and refine professional skills.

We are seeking individuals who can enthusiastically inject fresh ideas, perspectives and skills that help solve real business problems. Smart, curious self-starters who are interested in a professional career in journalism, multimedia, digital design, marketing, business, human resources, product innovation, finance, and/or information technology should apply. We are looking for interns to get engaged, ask questions, observe and take risks to get the most out of their internship training experience and to prepare them to transition into a full-time role.


  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) verified by an unofficial transcript.

  • We seek individuals who demonstrate all-around achievement.

  • Applicants must be current freshmen/rising sophomores of an accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

  • In selecting candidates, we use three criteria: a demonstrated interest in working in the media/publishing industry; good academic standing achievement; and volunteer/community involvement and/or extracurricular school activities. 

  • Completion of application requirements.

  • A persuasive essay of up to 500 words explaining why we should select you for this opportunity.

We believe in telling the stories that shape and shake our world. We believe that trust is essential and that truth doesn’t have versions. We believe in being the eyes, ears and voices of the communities we cover. 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. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2022, for our 2023 summer internship opportunity. (To upload your essay when you apply, click add portfolio under additional files to submit your essay.) 

If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Piner:  [email protected]

About McClatchy

Our impact is growing every day. Thirty growing markets. Over 65 million monthly readers. 56 Pulitzer Prizes. A strong portfolio of dynamic partnerships and smart investments. Our award-winning journalism, digital reach and commitment to innovative growth have never been stronger. As a member of the McClatchy family, you are part of a flexible, empowering, and exciting culture dedicated to creating a work/life balance and consistent opportunities for growth
— a place where you have a voice and the ability to impact our future. It’s an exciting time to be here.

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.