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The mission of Carleton College is to provide an exceptional undergraduate liberal arts education. In pursuit of this mission, the College is devoted to academic excellence, distinguished by the creative interplay of teaching, learning, and scholarship, and dedicated to our diverse residential community and extensive international engagements.
Neil Isaacs and Frank Wright Fellowship in Investigative Journalism
Purpose: The Neil Isaacs and Frank Wright Fellowship in Investigative Journalism was established in 2006 by Ian Isaacs ‘77 and Cliff Wright ’78 to give Carleton students unparalleled experience in the world of investigative journalism. The paid summer fellowship is awarded to one sophomore or junior with demonstrated journalistic talent.
Fellows work through the Center for Investigative Reporting under the supervision of the Logan Distinguished Professor of Investigative Journalism, an endowed chair at the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. This position is currently held by Lowell Bergman, 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner for Journalism in the Public Interest.
Previous fellow Taylor Valore ’06 contributed reporting to the 2006 FRONTLINE documentary “The Enemy Within” and authored a story featured on the PBS website. Read more about Taylor’s experience below.
Responsibilities: Fellows can expect to be given a range of responsibilities in a fast-paced environment ranging from fact-checking to field work, to courtroom document research to conducting telephone interviews. Workdays can sometimes be long, but are always exciting. Fellows are given significant leeway in their responsibilities, and it is expected that they will take advantage of this opportunity. This fellowship is designed for self-starters and creative thinkers.
Funding: Selected fellow will be awarded $3000 for 12 weeks over the summer. No assistance is provided in setting up transportation or housing in Berkeley; these responsibilities are left to the fellow.
See website for this year's deadlines.
* Fellowship is intended for sophomores and juniors
* Students studying in any discipline are encouraged to apply
* Diverse academic and work experience are appreciated
* Previously published articles are not a requirement
* Superior writing and research skills are a must
Selection Criteria: Applicants must have superior writing and research abilities. Because conducting interviews and interacting with sources is an essential task of the intern’s work, excellent interpersonal skills are also important. Weight is also given to the applicant’s research and work experience, whether in journalism or in fields whose familiarity would contribute to insightful analysis. Finally, because of the sometimes-intense demands of the fellowship, the demonstrated ability to work in high-pressure situations is a factor. Fellows will be expected to be smart, adaptable, quick on their feet, and imbued with a strong sense of personal and professional ethics.
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