“What I did this summer” by the 2015 KPA Interns

Each summer, the Kentucky Press Association/Kentucky Journalism Foundation and the KPA Associates Division place a minimum of 24 college students in internship positions with newspapers and Associates members.

Students are deployed for 10 weeks to work in the “real world” with the hopes being that students will select a career in newspapers or public relations when they graduate.

The program began in 1993 with six interns placed and has just grown from there. In all, KPA and the KPA Associates pay more than $72,000 for the intern salaries each summer.

Students must either be a graduate of a Kentucky high school (if attending college out of state) or a student at a Kentucky college or university. They must have completed the freshman year. There is no stipulation on a specific major or career direction for students to qualify. Students apply to KPA and then host newspapers and companies interview students and select their intern.

In the summer of 2015, KPA/KJF placed 24 student interns in newspapers across the state. The KPA Associates Division placed interns with the Better Business Bureau and Kentucky Utilities.

Newspapers receiving interns included Bowling Green Daily News, Casey County News, Citizen Voice and Times, Crittenden Press, Danville Advocate Messenger, Dawson Springs Progress, Falmouth Outlook, Fort Campbell Courier, Grayson Record, Kentucky Standard, The Lake News, Levisa Lazer, Lexington Herald-Leader, Madisonville Messenger, Maysville Ledger-Independent, Morehead News, Murray Ledger & Times, Oldham Era, Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, Russell Springs Times Journal, Shelbyville Sentinel News, Stanford Interior Journal, Todd County Standard and Union County Advocate.

As the internship draws to a close, typically in mid-July, we ask the students to write about their experience, what they did, and what impact the internship might have on their career choice. Of all the interns placed in the program since its inception, more than 85 percent have said the experience encouraged them to seek a career in newspapers or public relations upon graduation.

This years intern experiences can be read at www.kypress.com/internexperiences along with those from 2014 and all the way back to 2006.