Please read this entire page before filling out a BPEF internship application form, as it contains important information about how the internship program works.
The BPEF Internship Program accepts applications from college sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students. Applicants must have completed their sophomore year of college by June and be a full-time student. A GPA of 3.0 or higher within your major is required.
BPEF summer internships run 10-12 weeks and are usually based on the needs of the host companies. Selected applicants are notified on a rolling basis. Most summer internships begin in late May or early June and end in August or early September.
BPEF interns usually work at least 35 hours a week, unless special arrangements are made between the intern and the company for a part-time schedule.
Compensation and Course Credit
Compensation for paid internships is typically between $10-12/hr. The pay period at most of the participating companies is twice a month.
Internships that are unpaid and "for-credit only" will be compensated by the employer through tangible educational benefits in addition to the normal workload. Examples include: a set one-on-one weekly time with editor/supervisor to discuss more detailed aspects of the publishing industry; inclusion in industry conferences or meetings; or publication of a pre-determined number of bylined articles. For-credit internships are subject to approval from the intern's school or professor.
How accurately students follow the application instructions is taken into consideration as well as grammatical and typing errors within the cover letter and application. Students are also selected on the basis of their background in editorial, communications, media, marketing, design, technology, research and other media-related fields. Experience in business-to-business media is not required. Backgrounds can include:
• Academic courses in journalism, preferably in reporting, writing and editing.
• Participation in campus journalism, preferably as an editor on the newspaper, campus magazines, electronic editions or yearbook.
• Previous summer internships or jobs at magazines or newspapers, or other journalistic experience.
• Academic courses and/or experience in the specific area you choose (marketing, production/design, etc).
BPEF makes every effort to match interns with companies based on the applicants specific areas of interest, previous experience, and geographic preferences as noted in the application form. However, an exact match is not always possible, and the final placement decision is based on the needs of the participating companies. BPEF interns will experience the same level of personal guidance and attention regardless of the specific internship placement. Therefore, please keep an open mind about all of the participating companies.
Please keep in mind that it takes BPEF some time to evaluate the large volume of applications we receive. Students will be contacted if there is a position available that matches his or her skills, but that does not necessarily guarantee an internship. All final internship decisions are made by the hiring company.
Interns are responsible for their own travel, housing, food and personal expenses. The cost to stay in student housing/dormitories typically runs anywhere between $1,500 - $2,500 for a 10-12 week period depending on the location. Most summer housing providers require at least a three-week deposit up front, and some require payment in full before the scheduled move-in date. Please be prepared to pay for your housing as soon as you are notified of your specific internship placement.
BPEF will make every attempt to provide housing suggestions whenever possible, depending on location of the internship. Please bear this in mind before selecting a city. If you are unable to afford the expense of relocating for the 10-12 week summer internship period, please choose a geographic area close to your hometown, or where you know you will be able to stay with family or friends.
To apply for a BPEF internship, please fill out this online form. Please note: The application submission period for summer 2014 is now closed. Submitted applications will be for summer 2015.
To check the status of your internship application, click here