Daniel Pearl Journalism Internship

Daniel Pearl
Daniel Pearl

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.

2020 Daniel Pearl Intern: Elena Shao

Elena Shao
Elena Shao

Elena Shao has been chosen as the 2020 Daniel Pearl Memorial Journalism Intern. Shao is a junior majoring in Political Science. She has previously reported on environment policies, business, and technology for the San Francisco Chronicle. She is also a news editor at The Stanford Daily and enjoys learning foreign languages.


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 bylinded 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.