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The Daniel Pearl Memorial Journalism Internship is a paid internship 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. The Daniel Pearl Memorial Fund provides a $6,000 stipend to cover travel costs and other expenses associated with the internship.

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2022 Daniel Pearl Intern: Elissa Miolene

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Elissa Miolene has been chosen as the 2022 Daniel Pearl Memorial Journalism Intern. Miolene is a master’s student in the Graduate program in Journalism. She has written for newspapers, magazines, online audiences and aid agencies in the United States, East Africa and South Asia. As a communications specialist, she has used storytelling to boost the visibility of large international organizations, small grassroots groups and large United Nations agencies, working at Save the Children, CARE International, Alive Medical Services and UNICEF, among others. As a journalist, she has investigated topics like marine life recovery in New England, family reunification systems for South Sudanese refugees, and child acrobats in Uganda’s largest slum. Prior to beginning her graduate degree at Stanford, Elissa was leading digital content and storytelling for the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, a UNICEF-hosted fund that works with over 600 partners to combat child abuse across the world. Elissa holds a master’s degree in Politics and Policy and a bachelor’s degree in both Journalism and Global Studies, both of which were obtained at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Read her winning essay


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.  By accepting this award, the winner is committing to be available for a 10-week internship.  The Department of Communication reserves the right to withdraw the award if the length of the Daniel Pearl internship is attempted to be reduced. 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.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, five to eight of your best bylined clips (text or links), and a 500-word essay as a single pdf file to the Internship Program Coordinator by Friday, October 29, 2021. A committee of Stanford journalism faculty evaluates the applicants. The Wall Street Journal makes the final decision.