Amsterdam News Interns Building Newsroom Diversity

Garren Keith Gaynor

Class of 2010

Managing Editor of Politics and Washington Correspondent

Erica Ruth Brown

Class of 2009

Producer and Digital Reporter

Levar Alonso

Class of 2019

Associate Producer

The Amsterdam News Educational Foundation Internship Program

Building The Future Diversity of the Newsrooms of Tomorrow

Diversifying tomorrow’s newsrooms

With the intent on nurturing tomorrow’s journalists and publishers of color, ensuring the sustainability of Black newspapers and overall newsroom diversity nationwide, in the fall of 2021 The Amsterdam News Educational Foundation launched an ongoing business management, design and digital internship program, to complement its long standing and highly regarded editorial internship offerings.

A Legacy of Success

The list of prominent women and men of color who started their careers at NYAN includes and this expanded internship program builds upon that legacy.

The “NYAN Experience”

Each intern receives a stipend for their participation in this rigorous career development program that in addition to providing on the job training also provides training in LinkedIn development and job search best practices

Lasting Connections

In addition, C-Suite executives at NY Amsterdam News provide job references for all successful internship participants on an ongoing basis.

How to apply

Our program is competitive, receiving upwards of 100 applications at last count for 12 – 14 internship positions including 1-2 international remote applicants each semester accepted from Nigeria.

Applicants are sought from HBCUs (historically Black colleges and universities) nationwide and NYC based private and public universities and colleges.

Interns apply for Fall, Winter/Spring or Summer openings for in-person or remote opportunities and can choose from 10 hours to 20 hours weekly. Production and Graphic Design, Advertising and Development, Circulation and Distribution, Social Media and Digital interns report directly to Amsterdam News Chief Revenue Officer Siobhan “Sam” Bennett. Editorial interns must be in the NYC-metro area and will report to Digital Editor Cyril Josh Barker. Participants are also provided with significant opportunities to boost their professional profiles plus ongoing references as they seek opportunities in media or other fields.

Please indicate your preferred department on your application. We will do our best to honor your request. Placement will be based on overall needs of the publication.


Learn more about our previous internship classes.