APSE kicked off its student programming for the 2021-22 school year on Sept. 27 with its first Student Chapter Talks. The Zoom panel — led by Aria Gerson, Vanderbilt beat reporter for The Tennessean, and The Athletic’s Leon Carter, the editorial director for talent and diversity — was all about internships, although it also covered entry-level jobs and more. Around two dozen student journalists attended, many from APSE chapters, including several from our newest chapter at North Carolina AT&T. Questions ranged from what internships to take to what needs to be in a résumé and cover letter.
A year ago while a senior at Michigan, Gerson had more time on her hands than she was used to, so she created a 23-page “How to Land a Sports Writing Internship” guide and curated a list of internships for the 2020-21 school year.
Her guide covered searching for internships, what the résumé and cover letter should say, interviewing, deciding to take the offer and how to find housing. You can find Aria’s guide here.
You can watch the panel here, or on the APSE News YouTube channel.
If you’re looking for guidance on internships, APSE has plenty to offer to students, editors and young journalists:
- APSE has compiled a list of available sports and news internships at APSE-member outlets, complete with contact info, pay and deadlines where available. See the list here and feel free to download it for your own use. Editors, if you would like to add your internship information to the list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sign up to receive APSE’s monthly newsletter by contacting Jake Adams at email@example.com.
- Follow on @APSE_sportsmedia and @APSE_Students on Twitter.
- Contact APSE if you’d like to talk with reporters and editors. Networking is a valuable tool in finding an internship and job. We are more than willing to help.
Stay tuned for more video seminars for APSE college chapters, students and other aspiring sports journalists. Learn more about student chapters and how to become one here.