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Our Internships

Zak Keefer’s internship led him to cover the Indy 500. Here, he interviews driver J.R. Hildebrand. (Photo by Josh Weinfuss)

The National Sports Journalism Center believes strongly in providing its students with internship opportunities that will help them grow skills and develop valuable relationships with professionals.

Therefore, the center already has commitments from some of the nation’s top sports news organizations to take interns from our program. And, the list of internships is growing, some of which are highly competitive.

Our internship partners have included:

  • ESPN
  • The Associated Press in New York
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Big Ten Network
  • NCAA National Headquarters
  • Indianapolis Star (correspondents)
  • ESPN Radio/Indianapolis
  • Indianapolis Indians
  • Indiana Fever

Recent experiences:

Jason Bailey: Chicago Tribune and Indiana Pacers

It was encouraging to intern in a newsroom that remains dedicated to rich, in-depth journalism. As a sports copy editor, I improved my editing skills while learning to balance the need-it-right-now demands of a 24/7 news cycle with the accuracy journalism still requires.

Working from within a franchise — updating the Pacers website, interviewing players and editing videos — helped me understand sports journalism is much deeper than the surface. It’s crucial to build relationships with sources, which can widen access and expose new angles.

In addition to my internships, I covered the Kentucky Derby, Super Bowl week and the Big Ten men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. Those real-world experiences are encouraging because my work stands alongside that of professional journalists.

Brian Burnsed: NCAA

I earned an internship writing in the NCAA’s digital communications department after a tryout covering the Big Ten football championship for

As an intern, I flew across the country, shadowing and interviewing student athletes for a pair of feature stories for NCAA Champion magazine. I’ve also written more than 20 stories for and I routinely covered live NCAA championship events, including the 2012 Final Four.

I was brought on as a full-time contract writer in May, and will continue to write pieces for both websites and the magazine.  I hail from a news and business writing background, so the internship was immensely valuable given that it led to a full-time position and that it gave me the chance to garner more sports-reporting experience.

Zak Keefer: The Indianapolis Star

I was hired as a full-time temporary employee to help the newspaper cover the Super Bowl and the related festivities. I was hired on full-time shortly after as an online editor/reporter covering all sorts of things for The Star and, including the Colts, Pacers, college basketball, the Indy 500 and whatever else comes our way. In the past 10 months, I’ve covered the Big Ten football championship game, Super Bowl XLVI, the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament, the Final Four in New Orleans, the Pacers’ playoff run and the Indianapolis 500.


Learn more:

  • Contact National Sports Journalism Center by phone or mail:

    Indiana University
    The Media School
    940 E. Seventh St.
    Bloomington, IN 47405
    Phone: 812-855-3367


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