Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The Asian American Journalists Association is pleased to announce our continued partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal for the NBC News Summer Fellows Program!

The AAJA/NBC News Summer Fellowship gives students real world experience and exposure to one of the world's leading News divisions, which includes NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. NBCUniversal will offer fellows the opportunity to join one of the following NBC programs or platforms for summer 2021 as interns:

· America's #1 morning news program, The Today Show

· The top ranked evening program, Nightly News with Lester Holt

· Our primetime long form news program, Dateline

· Our 24 cable news channel, MSNBC

· Our top rated business news cable channel, CNBC

· Our digital organization, including our array of digital properties

The fellows selected will receive $16.50 an hour, plus overtime (over 40 hours per week) for 10 weeks during the summer. NBCUniversal will offer a $2,000 housing or technology stipend. The housing stipend is available for candidates who reside outside a 50 mi. radius from our Tri-State Area offices. The stipend will be provided for technology upgrades should we hold remote internships (see below note regarding COVID-19).

Production experience is preferred, but not required.

All the internships are located in 30 Rockefeller Center, with the exception of the placements at CNBC, which are located in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Transportation is provided to Englewood Cliffs, NJ from various location in Manhattan and Brooklyn (see below note regarding COVID-19).

The official start date of the program is Monday, June 7, 2021. If your academic schedule impedes your ability to start on this date, alternatives can be discussed.

Eligibility Requirements:

· Must be a current AAJA member

· Students must be willing to live in New York City or its environs for the duration of the internship.

· Must be 18 years old or older

· Must be enrolled full-time at a U.S. college or university

· Must be a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student

· Must major in journalism or a communications discipline

· Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above

· Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US without holding a VISA or sponsorship

· Recent graduates will not be considered.

Application Requirements:

· Application Form

· Resume

· Essay Question: In 150-200 words, state why you want to pursue a career in broadcast journalism and what you hope to gain from the internship experience.

· School Transcript

· 1 Letter of Reference

COVID 19: During this time, we ask that all applicants bear with us as we determine the best avenue for hosting Summer Fellows this upcoming Summer. We are awaiting information and developments about the state of the pandemic that will enable us to decide whether the internship will be held remotely or in person at our offices in 30 Rockefeller Plaza or at Englewood Cliffs. We will continue to keep applicants posted as we make decisions about our Summer programs.

The Asian American Journalists Association's Sports Task Force is pleased to offer several scholarship and fellowship opportunities for enrolled college students and young professionals to support their pursuit of careers in sports journalism and media.

The mission of the AAJA Sports Task Force is to elevate the voices of Asian Americans in sports and support aspiring Asian American sports journalists across multiple media platforms through mentorship and financial opportunities.

AAJA membership is encouraged for all applicants and required for the selected scholarship recipient. For membership, please apply online at aaja.org/join.

This form can be used to apply to any or all of the following AAJA STF opportunities.


Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship

The awardee will receive $2,000 in honor of Al Young, a longtime member and ardent supporter of AAJA who is an Asian American pioneer in sports media and is dedicated to empowering the voices of Asian American journalists. The scholarship is made possible thanks to the Sports Task Force and an annual donation by Al Young.

The scholarship winner will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, a strong commitment to the pursuit of a sports journalism career and dedication to AAJA’s mission of advancing Asian Americans and other underrepresented communities in media.

About Al Young

Al Young is an award-winning journalist who blazed many trails for Asian American sports journalists. He is the nation’s first Asian American sportswriter at a metro daily newspaper. He is also the first Asian American to cover the NFL as the New Haven Register beat writer for the New York Giants and Jets. While with the Register, he also wrote a weekly column that was the first in the country focusing on national and local personalities and trends in women’s sports.

Young’s career spans more than four decades. He was a writer and editor at the Boston Globe, USA Today, the New York Daily News, the New Haven (CT) Register and Bridgeport (CT) Post-Telegram.

In 2010, AAJA named Young to its inaugural honor roll as an “Asian American Pioneer in U.S. journalism.” He is a past president of AAJA’s Washington, D.C. chapter. Retiring in 2013 from the Boston Globe, Young is currently the advisor to the student newspaper at Quincy College in Massachusetts.

Eligibility and Rules

  • Applicants must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time with at least 12 credit units each semester at a junior college or university located in the United States
  • Applicants must be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing sports journalism as a career
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • The selected scholarship recipient must commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force
  • The winner must use the scholarship funds to directly support or advance their education. Potential expenses include tuition, room and board, textbooks or other course equipment or materials. The recipient must follow up with the Sports Task Force within 60 days of receipt of the scholarship to identify how they spent the funds

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PT

The winner will be notified by the end of February. If selected, you will be asked for documentation to support the information you provide. Likewise, all correspondence and award agreements will be generated from the personal information submitted below. So, please use proper spelling, capitalization and punctuation.

Questions? Email support@aaja.org with the subject line the name of the particular Scholarship. For more about the AAJA Sports Task Force, visit sportstaskforce.com.


Jimmie & Suey Fong Yee Fellowship

Two awardees — a current college student and a young professional — pursuing sports journalism and media as a career will receive $750 each to pitch and produce a print, digital, audio or visual story about Asian Americans in sports, plus free registration for the annual AAJA National Convention. The Sports Task Force will work with recipients to get the stories published at an outlet. The grants are made possible thanks to an annual donation by Don Yee of sports talent agency Yee & Dubin Sports, LLC.

The scholarship winner will be selected on the basis of their unique and compelling story pitch, demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, a strong commitment to the pursuit of a sports journalism career and dedication to AAJA’s mission of advancing Asian Americans and other underrepresented communities in media.

About Jimmie and Suey Fong Yee

Like many Chinese immigrants, Jimmie and Suey Fong Yee immigrated to the U.S. once China fell under Communist rule. They settled in Sacramento and worked hard to create a new life for themselves and their young family. They endured many hardships, but they envisioned and achieved a better future for themselves and their children. They were proud of their heritage as Chinese. One of the important values they taught their children was to be sympathetic to the plight, journey, and struggle of others. Just as the Yees received help from others, it was their wish to return their good fortune by helping other Asians striving to achieve their dreams.

About Don Yee

Donald H. Yee is a partner and founder of Yee & Dubin Sports, LLC., a sports management consulting firm that represents some of the nation’s leading professional athletes, coaches and broadcasters. Yee, a graduate of UCLA and the University of Virginia School of Law, also is a frequent speaker and writer on sports-related issues. He is a former adjunct professor of law at the University of Southern California law school and a visiting professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Eligibility and Rules

  • Applicants must pitch a story they can realistically produce with their resources and time
  • Unique stories that humanize Asian Americans in sports are highly preferred
  • Pitches can include stories that are local, regional or national

For currently enrolled students:

  • Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time with at least 12 credit units each semester at a junior college or university located in the United States
  • Applicants must be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing sports journalism as a career
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

For young professionals:

  • Applicants must have graduated from a community college or university, including graduate school, located in the United States within the past five (5) years.
  • Applicants must be currently and actively pursuing sports journalism as a career

The selected fellowship winners must follow through with their story pitches as well as commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PT

The winner will be notified by the end of February. If selected, you will be asked for documentation to support the information you provide. Likewise, all correspondence and award agreements will be generated from the personal information submitted below. So, please use proper spelling, capitalization and punctuation.

Questions? Email support@aaja.org with the subject line the name of the particular Scholarship. For more about the AAJA Sports Task Force, visit sportstaskforce.com.


Michael Kim Broadcast Fellowship

A sports broadcast journalist who has less than three years of professional experience will receive $2,000 to support career pursuits in honor of Michael Kim, the godfather of AAJA's Sports Task Force and a pioneer for Asian Americans in sports broadcast journalism. The scholarship is made possible thanks to the Sports Task Force and an annual donation by Michael Kim.

The scholarship winner will be selected on the basis of demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, a strong commitment to the pursuit of a sports journalism career and dedication to AAJA’s mission of advancing Asian Americans and other underrepresented communities in media.

About Michael Kim

Michael Kim is a groundbreaking anchor who opened doors for the Asian community at the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Kim was an anchor at SportsCenter for 17 years and was one of the original anchors who launched the innovate ESPNNews.

Kim now works as the anchor of The Stadium on Marquee Sports Network. Prior to ESPN, Kim won a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Show - Daily. Kim is a graduate of the University of Missouri.

Kim has been a proud member of AAJA for years and is a Sports Task Force legend who has supported the group from its inception.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must work in the broadcast sports industry in some form, either as on-camera talent or behind-the-scenes producer
  • Applicants must be within three years of college graduation and/or in their first television market
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need
  • The selected scholarship winner must commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PT

The winner will be notified by the end of February. If selected, you will be asked for documentation to support the information you provide. Likewise, all correspondence and award agreements will be generated from the personal information submitted below. So, please use proper spelling, capitalization and punctuation.

Questions? Email support@aaja.org with the subject line the name of the particular Scholarship. For more about the AAJA Sports Task Force, visit sportstaskforce.com.

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