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Politico Journalism Institute

Company Description

POLITICO is a global news and information company at the intersection of politics and policy. With publications based in Washington, D.C., New York and Brussels – and continued expansion into various state capitals in the United States – POLITICO has one of the most robust and rapidly expanding roster of journalists covering politics and policy in the world. Since its launch in 2007, POLITICO has delivered journalism about politics and policy making that is more authoritative in its sophistication and nonpartisan perspective than any competitor; that is more useful to people with a professional interest in public affairs; and that is more fun to read for a community of people who love the drama and sheer sport of politics. The central mission of POLITICO, from birth to our current period of growth, has been to help sustain and vastly expand nonpartisan political and policy journalism. We all believe informing readers and holding leaders accountable is and will forever be essential to smart governance, regardless of shifts in technology and consumption habits.

Fellowship Description

The POLITICO Journalism Institute (PJI) is an educational initiative focused on supporting diversity in Washington newsrooms. The intensive 10-day program, which is designed for college students, will be held May 29 to June 9, 2018, with hands-on training for up to 12 university students interested in covering government and politics.

In addition, two students are selected each year to return for a three-month residency in the POLITICO newsroom, where they will write, edit and produce content. The POLITICO Residency Program, also entering its fifth year, includes two paid positions and housing allowances. Both programs reflect POLITICO’s ongoing support of journalism education, a more diverse industry and recruitment of top-notch talent.

As partners in the POLITICO Journalism Institute, American University and the Maynard Institute will collaborate on curriculum development, selection of participants and classroom sessions, which will be led by professional journalists from Washington, D.C., area newsrooms. Programming for PJI includes interactive sessions, panels with industry leaders, mentor pairings with POLITICO journalists and an opportunity for participants to have their work published by POLITICO.


PJI students split their time between American University in Washington, D.C., and POLITICO headquarters in Arlington, Va.


May 29 to June 9, 2018


Jan. 15, 2018


All costs for PJI participants, including room, board and transportation, are covered by POLITICO.


Applicants who are rising juniors or seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities will be given preference. Student members of minority journalism associations are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Applications must be completed and submitted by 11:59 pm on Jan. 15, 2018. Click here to apply now.



Our Journalism Concentration & Minor

The Hunter College journalism program is offered as a concentration or a minor within the Department of Film & Media Studies. Its curriculum is built around production courses in journalism and analytical courses in media studies. Learn more about our course requirements.

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