Rebele Journalism Internship Program

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Rowland and Pat Rebele Journalism Internship Program

The Rebele Internship Program gives Stanford students a unique opportunity to gain journalistic work experience by providing stipends for internships with qualifying news organizations.

The Program’s Story

A valued complement to the Department of Communication, Stanford University alumnus and former Stanford Daily editor Rowland “Reb” Rebele and his wife Pat established the Rebele Digital and Print Journalism Internship Program in 1986. The Rebeles generously funded this program in support and encouragement of aspiring journalists and community newspapers with regional and national circulation. The Rebele Program enables Stanford students to gain hands-on, journalistic work experience through quality journalism internships and is equally beneficial for news organizations who benefit from the valuable contributions of dedicated interns.

In addition, the Rebele Program also funds the Rebele First Amendment Internship in conjunction with the California First Amendment Coalition, Rebele PhD Fellows, and occasionally special projects – especially those involving First Amendment issues.

Eligibility and Application

To be eligible for funding through the Rebele Internship Program, applicants have to be active students at Stanford University during the current or previous quarter and pursue an internship of sufficient length – paid or unpaid – with a qualifying U.S. news organization. Please contact the Rebele Internship Program Director to inquire about the eligibility of any U.S. news organization not presently listed. Magazine and broadcasting internships cannot be funded through the Rebele Internship Program.

Students should note that Rebele Interns cannot receive academic credit for a Rebele internship.

Funds are limited and funding is awarded to eligible students on a first come first served basis. If an internship is already funded by another resource at Stanford, the Rebele Internship Program will not provide additional support.

Detailed information about news organizations that have hired Rebele interns in the past are provided below. Please email the Rebele Internship Program Director to inquire about the eligibility of any U.S. news organization not presently listed.

To inquire about internship opportunities, students should contact the editor or the person in charge of the paper’s internship program and provide the required application materials if applicable. Once the internship is secured and the terms are set, please apply for Rebele funding by completing the Rebele Internship Application form (a login to Google with your Stanford email is required):

A contract email will be dispatched to the applicant and the internship supervisor listing the terms of the Rebele internship asking for email approval from both parties. The application process will be complete once both the intern and the supervisor have responded to the contract email confirming that they agree to its conditions.

For internships spanning beyond one quarter, students have to apply for a Rebele stipend for each individual quarter.

Stipend Scale

SUMMER QUARTER, Full Time Internship (minimum of 30 hours/week):
12 weeks: $7,200
10 weeks: $6,000
8 weeks:   $4,800

ACADEMIC QUARTERS, 12 weeks:
20 hours/week: $4,080
15 hours/week: $3,060
10 hours/week: $2,040

California News Organizations

Out-of-State News Organizations

Deliverables

Stipends at Stanford University are issued as a means of support to defray expenses while students pursue extracurricular activities to enhance their education. Stipends are not given as payment in return for hours worked.

Towards the end of the internship, students are asked to send in 3-5 work samples along with a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Rebele thanking them and describing their internship experience. Stipends are processed upon receipt of these materials. All letters and samples are collated in a binder and forwarded to Mr. and Mrs. Rebele.

It is recommended that students set up direct deposit through Axess to have their stipend checks automatically deposited to their bank account.

Questions? Just email the Rebele Internship Program Director.

Rebele First Amendment Internship

The First Amendment Coalition (FAC) is an award-winning, nonprofit public interest organization dedicated to advancing free speech, more open and accountable government, and public participation in civic affairs.

The Mission of the First Amendment Coalition is to protect and promote freedom of expression and the people’s right to know. The Coalition is a non-profit, nonpartisan educational and advocacy organization serving the public, public servants, and the media in all its forms. Its constituency reflects an increasingly diverse society. The Coalition is committed to the principle that government is accountable to the people, and strives through education, public advocacy, litigation, and other efforts to prevent unnecessary government secrecy and to resist censorship of all kinds. (Board of Directors, August 18, 2008)

The Internship

Interns will work with FAC staff on a range of projects by researching and drafting letters to public officials, position papers and public comments about policies or laws that affect newsgathering, access to public information or First Amendment issues. Interns also have a chance to build investigative reporting skills by conducting research and using open-government laws to obtain information. The focus will be on researching California and federal legislation, local ordinances or policies, and court rules that affect freedom of press, speech or assembly, or access to government records and meetings. Additionally, there is an opportunity to develop essential journalism skills by tracking critical developments in the news, seeking access to public records, conducting interviews and writing about topics of interest to journalists and others. The right candidate will be interested in journalism, law or advancing the rights of journalists and the public to access public information. Applicants should be current undergraduate or graduate students interested in journalism or public policy surrounding issues that affect newsgathering and access to public information. Read more.

To apply, send a resume or CV and a brief note of interest to First Amendment Coalition Executive Director David Snyder, FAC@firstamendmentcoalition.org.

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