December 6, 2017

The Poynter Institute has officially launched a nationwide search for its next Google News Lab Fellow, who will work alongside journalists in our nonprofit newsroom this summer.

Can you quote the movie Spotlight? Do you subscribe to more media newsletters than you can count? Can you rattle off the names of your favorite reporters without missing a beat? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you should definitely apply.

The U.S. Google News Lab Fellowship is a 10-week program aimed at giving college students a valuable work experience at some of the country’s most prestigious journalism institutions. Each year, we choose one college student or recent graduate to help us inform and instruct journalists around the world. Fellows typically have several internships, an impressive clip file and a variety of different work experiences (Check out last year's cohort here).

In the past, Google News Lab fellows have contributed to Poynter in several different ways, including writing and reporting for, creating interactive graphics, growing our audience through social media and helping our faculty teach other journalists. Does all that — in addition to spending your summer minutes away from some of the country’s best beaches — sound appealing? Apply here by midnight on Jan. 15!

I was Poynter’s Google News Lab Fellow last summer after graduating from the University of Georgia and interning for the Los Angeles Times, and I can honestly say it’s one of the best media experiences out there for college students. By working alongside our ethicists, business analysts, editors and reporters, you’ll learn a ton about the news industry and the problems that face it. You’ll be assigned a mentor to ensure that you make the most of your time in Florida — and you’ll walk away a much better journalist because of it.

The Google News Lab Fellowship runs 10 weeks from June to August at our headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida. Our fellow will kick off their experience with a visit to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, where they’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at what the Google News Lab is doing to support the work of journalists around the world.

Fellows earn a stipend of $9,000 and a travel budget of $1,000, and the program is open to any student 18 years or older who attended a U.S. college as of Jan. 1, 2018. Successful applicants will hear directly from host organizations in early March.

If you have any questions about the fellowship, application process or Poynter in general, feel free to email me at

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Daniel Funke is a staff writer covering online misinformation for PolitiFact. He previously reported for Poynter as a fact-checking reporter and a Google News Lab…
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