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AP Internship Program To Return In 2012

Though the 2011 internship program at the Associated Press is dead, the good news is that the internships will return in 2012, AP spokesman Paul Colford confirmed to Richard Prince.

“The Associated Press is putting all of its internship programs on a one-year hiatus, as well as our attendance at journalism recruitment conventions, as we focus our financial resources on our essential core businesses,” Colford said. “We will resume an internship program in 2012…”

The announcement that the programs will just skip a year “was met with skepticism,” Prince writes. In 2007, the AP announced a one-year hiatus for a program that paired minority student journalists with AP writer/editor mentors for a five-day workshop. That program never returned.

We also suspect that the program will not return in 2012, but for a different reason…. Read more

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AP Prez Curley On Interns: ‘We Must Focus Resources On Getting Projects Accomplished’

That’s what AP president and CEO Rob Curley told Rhonda LeValdo, president of the Native American Journalists Association, in response to an e-mail from her asking the AP to reconsider its reconsideration of its famous internship program.

Curley’s response, which read a full 15 words long, makes the “reconsideration” sound like an all-out cancellation.

AP spokesman Paul Colford wouldn’t confirm to Richard Prince, who has been following the story, that a meeting to select next year’s interns was still scheduled for Dec. 2.

“I have nothing further on this at the moment. Happy Thanksgiving,” Colford told Prince.

Decades-Old AP Internship Program In Jeopardy?

Associated Press logoThe news that the Associated Press may be cutting its internship program for minorities has been making its way around the Internet, but the situation is more serious than that.

The AP no longer has a minority-focused internship program—that was dissolved about ten years ago to make way for a much bigger, broader program—but the AP is “examining all programs, including internships, as part of the companywide budgeting process during this challenging time,” spokesman Paul Colford told MJD.

The AP currently offers six different internships ranging from photojournalism internships to interactive graphics to an internship at the “nerve center” at AP’s headquarters. They’re all paid, and they provide summer employment to a goodly number of undergrads and grad students.

Simply announcing that the programs are being “examined” doesn’t portend anything incredibly ominous—yet—but we’ll keep an eye out.