Detroit — For the second summer in a row, Rosa Parks Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to intern at The Detroit News.
The News and the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation today opened the application phase for two more internships starting in summer 2023.
Two Rosa Parks Scholars who have completed at least one academic year of college, demonstrate educational excellence, and are close to the civil rights icon’s ideals are selected to complete two 12-week internships. If they perform well, they will be invited to a second internship in summer 2024.
“We are delighted to continue this program, which began last year and follows a similar internship program offered by the newspaper and foundation prior to 1996,” said Gary Miles, publisher and editor of The News and a Rosa Parks member – Scholarship Board of Trustees. Last year’s interns made a significant contribution and will be returning this summer to build on their considerable skills.
“At a time when paid journalism internships are harder to find, this program helps bring diverse voices in our community to hands-on editorial experience,” he said. “In turn, we hope that the opportunity for a News internship will encourage students to apply for Rosa Parks scholarships.”
The interns will be full-time employees supervised by The News’ professional editorial team. Doing internships over two consecutive summers will help scholars build skills and earn them at least $13,000 to spend on their college education.
The internship opportunity is not limited to prospective journalism students.
The skills learned in journalism are transferrable to almost any career these students might be interested in, noted Kimberly Trent, the foundation’s executive chair.
“You have to have strong writing skills, you have to be imaginative, you have to know how to network,” said Trent, a former researcher and Detroit News intern. “And those are all skills you can use throughout your career.”
In 1955, Parks instigated the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, which ultimately resulted in the city’s mass transit system being abolished. Two years later, she moved to Detroit, where she continued her civil rights activism. The civil rights legend was 92 when she died in 2005.
Applications for the internship must be submitted online by March 4th at 11:59 p.m. To apply, candidates must:
- Previously named a Rosa Parks Foundation Fellow
- You have completed at least one year of college
- Complete the application form including CV, work samples and references
If selected, interns must:
- Have a driver’s license
- Have access to reliable transportation
- Pass a pre-screening drug test
- Acquire adequate summer accommodation
Since its inception by The Detroit News and Detroit Public Schools in 1980, the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation has awarded over $2 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 high school seniors. Apply for 2023-24 college scholarships online at www.RosaParksScholarship.org.