Welcome to the application portal for the Office of Career Development at Columbia Journalism School. All opportunities posted are for currently enrolled students or recent graduates of Columbia Journalism School. Please carefully read each application description to determine if you are eligible to apply. 

QUESTIONS? Contact Jake Holzman, Program Coordinator, Office of Career Development: jacob.holzman@columbia.edu




New York, NY

RetroReport.org is a nonprofit news and documentary organization whose mission is to provide the historical backstory to today’s most important events. Our more than 200 long and short-form documentaries provide context to the fast-paced news of our world today using investigative journalism and narrative storytelling.

Our work appears on our website, and our YouTube channel and on the platforms of our partners including The New York Times, The New Yorker, PBS, Vice News among others. In 2019, the eight-hour series “Retro Report on PBS” was broadcast nationally on public television stations.


Retro Report accepts applications from current students for our reporting and video production internship. We are based in New York, NY. 

Interns assist our production staff on a variety of projects. We are looking for dynamic self-starters with interest and skills in any of the following areas:

  • Video Storytelling, Writing and Research
  • Field Shoots and Production
  • Digital Video Editing
  • Social Media Videos
  • Archival Film and Documents Research

Possible assignments include:

  • Joining a team working on a short or long-form documentary with duties including archival research, reporting, finding characters and field shooting
  • Writing weekly newsletter articles on current topics with a historical perspective accompanied by archival photos or video
  • Writing and editing short-form videos for Retro Report, social media platforms and our other audiences including educators
  • Pitching and editing a mini-doc for Retro Report


  • Primary Medium(s): video
  • Beat(s) the intern will work on: Investigative and Historical Documentary

COMPENSATION AND TERMS: Fall Internship starting in September. The Internship is 10 weeks. Salary is $800 per week. No additional benefits are included.

ELIGIBILITY*: M.S. and M.A. students graduating from Columbia Journalism School in May and August 2022 are eligible.

TO APPLY: Complete this online application, which includes uploading the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter: address it to "Karen Sughrue, Senior Producer"
  2. Resume (one page)
  3. Three clips or links to your work (unpublished is okay)

EXTENDED DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. (EST), JUNE 29, 2022

QUESTIONS? Email Jacob Holzman, Program Coordinator, Office of Career Development: jh4528@columbia.edu.

*Graduating students in the Master of Science and Master of Arts programs are eligible for CJS-exclusive internships, fellowships and grants. (Knight-Bagehot, Spencer, PhD. and Lede-certificate students are not eligible)

Policy: It is Columbia Journalism School policy that a student can only accept one exclusive Columbia fellowship or internship. If you accept a CJS Exclusive position, you are under obligation to inform the Office of Career Development and withdraw from other exclusive internship/fellowship applications that you have pending.

Exceptions to this Policy:

-Students may combine an exclusive fellowship/internship with a Pulitzer Center Reporting Grant.

-Students doing an exclusive fellowship/internship of 12 weeks or less are also eligible for the Reuters Institute at Oxford University program.

These are the only exceptions to this policy.

If you find yourself in a position of being offered more than one exclusive at the same time,  please be in touch with the Career Development team.  We will provide guidance and help you navigate.

Thank you for your interest in the Marilyn Lauren Scholarship Fund.


The Marilyn Laurie Scholarship fund provides $1,000 grants to graduating M.S. Journalism and M.A. Journalism students at Columbia Journalism School who have accepted full-time fall internships at high-quality news organizations that offer limited or low compensation.

The scholarships will not be awarded to any student whose news company is not paying at least the state’s minimum wage or the equivalent (like housing).

Students can use the scholarship for any costs related to their living expenses during their internship. Past students have used Marilyn Laurie funding to help pay for car rental, housing, food, or other costs directly related to your internship that you're not being reimbursed for by the company. Past students have gotten a Marilyn Laurie grant who accepted internships at the Miami Herald, CNN, the Dallas Observer, and other many other newsrooms.

ELIGIBILITY: Only graduating M.S. and M.A. journalism students from Columbia Journalism School who have full-time summer or fall internships lined up will be considered. Internships of longer duration are not eligible for Marilyn Laurie supplemental internship funding.


All applicants must complete this online application and must include the following information on the submission form:

  • A resume
  • Documentation of your internship offer and your acceptance. Documentation can be an email from your employer.
  • A brief cover letter that tells us about your internship: What, where, how long, the pay, and what you'll use the Marilyn Laurie Scholarship Fund for. The letter must also include a paragraph that details how much and what kind of student loan debt you'll have upon graduation.
  • If you have student loans from undergrad and grad school, tell us in the cover letter whether they're federal loans, foreign loans and unsecured loans, or a combination, and the amount you owe.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 11:59 p.m. (EST), August 1, 2022

QUESTIONS? Email Gina Boubion, Director, Office of Career Development: gb2219@columbia.edu

J-School-based Fellowship | New York City

Acting primarily as a researcher, the incumbent will assist in the completion of various writing projects of the Journalism School’s Dean Jelani Cobb. Preference will be given to recent Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism graduates. Postgraduates will be appointed as Postdoctoral Research Scholars, paid an annual base salary and be eligible for the University benefits package offered to officers of research.


  • Conducts research. Produces, evaluates and organizes materials for review by the Dean. Identifies subjects requiring greater depth of study. Accesses archives and other sources in thorough investigation of research topics as outlined by the Dean.
  • Acts as liaison should the Dean require support from other writers/researchers. Prepares and reports findings from assisting sources.
  • Identifies subtopics of research that may benefit the current project of the Dean. 
  • Responsible for the planning and coordination of all on and off campus research trips.
  • Acts in editing capacity when required by the Dean. Writes and edits as needed in support of the Dean’s projects.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education: Master’s degree; preference will be given to recent graduates of Columbia University School of Journalism (within the past three graduating classes: 2022, 2021 and 2020). The position is open to all graduates who can show eligibility to work in the U.S. and at Columbia University.

Skills: Candidates are expected to have the ability to conduct original, independent research, to work well in a team and to communicate the results of their research orally and in writing; must be able to work independently as well as under direct guidance; must be able to think creatively about research methodology and work under deadline pressures; must have strong editing, revision, summarizing and computing skills.

Term: One year appointment.

TO APPLY: To apply for the CJS Post-Doc Research Scholar position working with Dean Jelani Cobb at Columbia Journalism School, complete this online application, which includes uploading the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter: address it to “Dean Cobb”
  2. Resume (one page) that includes two professional references (both must be J-School references)
  3. Three to five clips

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 11:59 p.m. (EST), June 26, 2022

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