Stanford University

Daniel Pearl Journalism Internship

Daniel Pearl

Daniel Pearl

The Daniel Pearl Memorial Journalism Internship is awarded annually to an outstanding Stanford student journalist, and commemorates the work of Daniel Pearl, a Stanford graduate who was kidnapped and murdered while working as a Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent in Pakistan in 2002.

The internship itself is in a foreign bureau of the Wall Street Journal.

View all winners of the Daniel Pearl Journalism Internship


2016 Daniel Pearl Intern: Alexa Liautaud

Alexa Liautaud

Alexa Liautaud

Alexa Liautaud has been chosen as the 2016 Daniel Pearl Memorial Journalism Intern.

Liautaud is a senior majoring in History with a minor in Middle Eastern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She is fluent in French and has spent all four years at Stanford studying Arabic. She interned at Bloomberg News her sophomore and junior summers, and is writing an honors thesis on military cultural sensitivity training and American counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan.

A committee of Stanford Department of Communication faculty members evaluated applicants for the internship. The Wall Street Journal made the final decision.

Read her winning essay: The Heartbeat Behind the Headlines



The applicant should have extensive journalism experience, either as a student journalist, or as an intern at a newspaper, or a combination of the two. The intern will be selected on the basis of journalism qualifications and the degree to which he or she exemplifies the work of Daniel Pearl:

  • A commitment to explaining different cultures to each other.
  • An emphasis on the stories of ordinary people rather than those in positions of power.
  • A focus in his or her writing on the dignity of individuals.

As part of the application process for the Pearl Internship, candidates write a 500 word essay on how their work and career goals put  those principles into practice.

The internship is normally undertaken during the summer following the award, although other options exist. Those eligible for the internship include Stanford undergraduate and graduate students, including those completing their degree just prior to the start of the internship. Preference is given to undergraduate applicants.

After the internship, the intern returns to Stanford to meet with faculty and students to discuss the experience.

Application deadline for the 2016  internship is Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

How to Apply: Applications should be submitted to the Internship Program Coordinator, Bldg 120 (McClatchy Hall), Room 110A, Department of Communication. Only printed applications will be accepted. The application materials to be submitted are:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. 500 word essay
  4. Twelve of your best bylined clips

A committee of the Stanford journalism faculty evaluates the applicants. The Wall Street Journal makes the final decision.