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What do we do? Glad you asked! We offer conservative student journalists remarkable internships at major publications in Washington D.C. And we publish THE COLLEGE FIX--the nation's leading source of higher-ed news and opinion.

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Fellowships that Launch Careers

The Student Free Press Association offers media fellowships on a regular basis. Our fellows have worked at National Review, The Weekly StandardThe Hill, Reason.tv, the Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, and Real Clear Politics. For more information about the fellows, including their clips, click on the “Meet Our Fellows” tab below.

We also sponsor the Stefano Agostinelli Internship Program, which places student journalists at National Review.

We sure know how to pick ‘em. In just a few short years, many SFPA fellows have gone on to achieve remarkable success in the field of journalism. Here are a few examples.

Kyle Peterson, managing editor of the American Spectator, SFPA fellow 2010.

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Andrew Stiles, political reporter for National Review, SFPA fellow 2010.

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Kate Havard, editorial associate at The Weekly Standard, SFPA fellow 2011.

The eye-popping success of  these former SFPA fellows is no coincidence. The SFPA offers one-of-a-kind opportunities and opens critical doors for talented young conservative journalists. Kate Havard of the Weekly Standard explains:

I had never done any journalism. The Standard didn’t pay so they pointed me to an organization (the Student Free Press Association) that would fund a summer internship at the Standard—if I’d write stories for them (the SFPA)  during the year.  They assigned me a story right away and I started making phone calls and interviewing people and I wrote my first story. That story got picked up by the Atlantic, Fox News, Huffington Post, and National Review Online. And I really really liked seeing my name in print (digital print?). That summer, I interned at the Standard, and wrote for them as a senior at St. John’s… and then I went to the Washington Post… (Read more)

With their remarkable success, SFPA fellowship alumni are counteracting liberal bias in the media, and are reshaping the future of political journalism.

 

Stefano Agostinelli Internship Program

Stefano-Agostinelli-156x250Stefano Agostinelli was an inspiring student and a devoted reader of National Review–and this internship program, named in his honor, seeks to create opportunities for young writers to enter the world of journalism at one of the best opinion magazines in America. For more than four decades, National Review has trained countless editorial interns in all facets of magazine and website journalism. Today, National Review continues this tradition by teaching young journalists the ins and outs of reporting, editing, and social-media networking.The Student Free Press Association has joined with National Review to create targeted internship opportunities for young writers who hope to explore careers in the media. The Stefano Agostinelli Internship Program, generously funded by Stefano’s father, Mr. Robert Agostinelli, will sponsor internships for college students and recent graduates at National Review, under the guidance of Rich Lowry and National Review’s editorial staff. These paid and unpaid internships will provide young journalists with a valuable introduction to the comprehensive operations of a leading magazine and its website. They will perform and be trained in any number of duties from editing and writing to comment reviewing, video and podcast preparation, social-media placement and outreach, and other aspects and functions of the magazine and its website.The Student Free Press Association urges all people and institutions who believe in the future of balanced journalism to support the Stefano Agostinelli Internship Program.

Click on the “Meet Our Fellows” tab to read about past recipients of the Agostinelli Internships.

Student journalists benefit from excellent mentors–so the Student Free Press Association works with a distinguished panel of advisors who have a passion for improving campus journalism and helping students explore careers in the media.

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Kimberly Strassel is a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board and the author of Potomac Watch, a Friday column.

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Michael Barone is a columnist for the Washington Examiner, a contributor to Fox News, co-author of the Almanac of American Politics, and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

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M. Stanton Evans is the founder of the National Journalism Center and teaches journalism at Troy University. He is the former editor of the Indianapolis News. Over the years, his commentaries have appeared regularly on CBS Radio, Voice of America, and NPR.

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Larry Kudlow anchors The Kudlow Report and The Call on CNBC. He hosts The Larry Kudlow Show on WABC Radio, and writes a nationally syndicated column. He is a distinguished scholar of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

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William McGurn is editorial page editor for The New York Post. He is formerly chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush and chief editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal, where he currently writes a weekly column.

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Kenneth Tomlinson is former editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest and former chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and Radio Marti.

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Meghan Cox Gurdon is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal. She is a former columnist for the Washington Examiner and a former foreign correspondent.

 

The Student Free Press Association (parent organization for The College Fix) typically awards one fellowship each Fall and Spring semester, and several each Summer. Fellowship winners receive paid internships at a Washington, D.C.-based media organizations.

Who is eligible?

The internships are open to all SFPA members. (Not a member? Join here. It’s free!) Current college students and recent graduates are eligible.

Where will I work?

SFPA will match each intern with an appropriate host organization. Our previous fellows have worked at The Daily CallerThe Hill, Reason MagazineThe Washington Examiner, and the Weekly Standard, National Review, and Real Clear Politics. (To learn more about their experiences, go here.)

How long will it last?

Fall and Spring internships last about 14 weeks. Summer internships are normally about 10 weeks. The specific start and end dates will be determined with input from the intern and media organization.

What will it pay?

SFPA will provide a stipend of $400 per week.

Are there other benefits?

In addition to supplying the internship, SFPA will offer customized career advice and networking opportunities. This will include the assignment of a mentor, drawn from our pool of professional affiliates.

When is the deadline? / How do I apply?

For upcoming application deadlines and detailed instructions on how to apply, please visit TheCollegeFix.com/Internships.

 

 

 

About Us

 

Student Free Press Association

The Student Free Press Association is an individual membership organization of college-aged writers, bloggers, and new media journalists. We publish The College Fix, and offer remarkable journalism internships in Washington, D.C.

 SFPA is run by veteran journalists for the benefit of beginning journalists. We identify and support college students who seek to improve campus journalism, explore careers in the media, and commit themselves to the principles of a free society.

 

John J. Miller

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John J. Miller is chairman and executive director of SFPA. He is national correspondent for National Review and a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Philanthropy, and other publications. His books include The First Assassin, a historical thriller, as well as Our Oldest Enemy: A History of America’s Disastrous Relationship with France and A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America. He is the former editor of the Michigan Review at the University of Michigan. His personal website is HeyMiller.com.

 

 

Jennifer Kabbany

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Jennifer Kabbany is Editor of The College Fix  – a publication of the Student Free Press Association. From 2002 to 2013, she worked in various capacities for the North County Times and U-T San Diego newspapers as a City Hall, education and features reporter, as well as a weekly education columnist. Previously, she served as Associate Editor of FrontPageMagazine.com in Los Angeles, as well as held editorial positions at The Weekly Standard and The Washington Times. Jennifer graduated in 2000 with a B.A. from San Diego State University, where she served as Editor in Chief of The Daily Aztec.  Her personal website is www.FeatureArticleWriter.com. Follow her on Twitter: @JenniferKabbany.

Greg Piper

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Greg Piper is Assistant Editor of The College Fix. He spent several years as a technology policy reporter and editor for Warren Communications News in Washington, D.C., and guest host on C-SPAN’s “The Communicators.” Previously he led media and public relations at Seattle’s Discovery Institute, a free-market think tank. Greg is developing a Web series about a college newspaper, COPY, whose pilot episode was a semifinalist in the TV category for the Scriptapalooza competition in 2012. He graduated in 2001 with a B.A. from Seattle Pacific University, where he co-founded the alternative newspaper PUNCH and served as a reporter, editor and columnist for The Falcon.

Dave Huber

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Dave Huber is an Assistant Editor of The College Fix. He has been blogging about education, politics, and entertainment for over a decade, most of that time at The Colossus of Rhodey and the popular media bias site Newsbusters. He’s also served as a writer and editor-in-chief of Advanced Iron, an entertainment webzine. Involved in public education for 25 years, Dave holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Delaware and is a graduate student member of the National Association of Scholars. In association with the NAS in 2000, Dave chaired the Delaware Textbook Assessment Committee, which examined American and world history texts in the state.

 

Why should I join the SFPA?

Because it’s free.

Aren’t the worst things in life free?

You mean the best things.

Who may join?

College-aged journalists — anyone who participates in the campus media, wants to explore a career in the profession, and believes in the principles of a free society.

Do I have to work for a campus publication?

We would love it if you did, but no. We’re interested in traditional newspaper reporters and editorialists as well as bloggers, tweeters, podcasters, and viral-video makers.

What are the benefits of membership?

When you write an excellent news article or produce an outstanding video, we’ll introduce it to a national audience.

What’s the commitment like?

It’s as much or as little as you want.

Are there other benefits?

We’ll communicate with you regularly, suggesting story ideas and providing tips on how to execute them. We also offer paid internships.

Did you say paid internships?

Yes. They’re so awesome that you’d take them for free. But we’ll still pay.

How awesome are they?

Take a look at our list of fellows. You’ll see that they’ve worked for respected news organizations and have gained valuable professional experience as writers and editors. We also connect them with distinguished mentors.

Who are the mentors?

Check out our list. These are SFPA advisors who want to help students find their footing in journalism. They provide an additional level of support for our fellows, beyond what our fellows already receive from their host publications and SFPA staff.

How do I get one of these awesome internships?

Start by joining SFPA. Then share your best work with us. And apply for one of our top-notch internships. The application process is refreshingly simple.

Why are you doing this?

SFPA is a non-profit organization run by veteran journalists for the benefit of beginning journalists. We’re dedicated to spotting talent and developing it. Also, we’re genuinely nice people.

Join today. Have other questions? Contact us.

Join the SFPA

Are you a student or recent grad interested in a career in journalism? We offer students the chance to get their names in print and gain paid experience by writing for The College Fix. Plus, we offer paid summer internships at media outlets in Washington, D.C.

We’d love to get to know you better and let you know what we have to offer. Go ahead — sign up already!

If you have questions, go to the contact page and send us a message.

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