Paid political reporting internship, master’s degree

University of Illinois Springfield

Springfield, Illinois

Date Posted June 20, 2024
Industry Newspapers
Specialty Politics
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Intern


The Public Affairs Reporting graduate degree program at the University of Illinois Springfield is the most cost- and time-efficient way to advance your journalism career. For more than 50 years, PAR has offered college graduates and early career journalists a 10-month master’s degree curriculum that includes professional experience covering Illinois government and politics from inside the state Capitol. A paid internship with a professional news outlet, guaranteed scholarships, tuition waivers and grant funding from the Joyce Foundation offset most (or, for Illinois residents, all) tuition and fee costs. A background in journalism or communications is helpful but not required. You bring the passion and desire to hold government officials accountable and inform citizens; we’ll provide advanced training and opportunities. The next cohort begins Aug. 23, 2024. For more, visit or contact program director Jason Piscia at To attend, register at

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