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How do I apply?

Apply below! You will be notified by email about interviews by November 15, 2021. 

What is a 2022 RJI Student Innovation Fellowship?

A Mizzou journalism student placed with a news organization to work 30-40 hours per week in a summer product fellowship. These fellowships are being sponsored by RJI’s Palmer Innovation Endowment fund. They must be focused on projects that create, extend or build upon product work in each newsroom.

What do the student fellows receive?

Each student fellow receives a $5,000 stipend if the internship is remote, $9,000 if the work is in person. Students will be expected to work for 30-40 hours a week for 12 weeks, starting mid-May and ending mid-August. 

Who are the summer 2022 partners?

These fellowships are designed for each student to work with a news partner on an innovative product idea of mutual interest, whether it is in a CMS, building a tool, creating a newsletter or other product centered ideas. Each student will be paired with a newsroom whose projects are a good fit for the student's skills and what they hope to learn. 

Do I qualify for a fellowship?

All current and soon to be recently graduated Missouri School of Journalism students are encouraged to apply.

Who supervises my work?

Each newsroom will be required to assign a mentor. Your mentor will give you regular feedback and provide guidance on your projects.

In addition, RJI’s Director of Innovation, Kat Duncan, will meet with you bi-weekly to make sure you are learning, supported and achieving your goals. 

And a News Product Alliance coach will also be providing training prior to the fellowship and a training session per a month throughout the summer.

What am I required to produce for RJI?

Each student’s work will be highlighted in RJI’s Innovation in Focus web series. Students will write about their work, interview journalism professionals and produce tip pieces to help other newsrooms implement or take advantage of the same product innovation they’re engaging in this summer.

How are the RJI Student Innovation Fellows chosen?

We will choose up to 10 finalists to interview before awarding the fellowships.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.