The Sacramento Bee and NAHJ Bay Area proudly announce the kick off to its 2018 internship search.
The 10-week paid Jennifer Garza Memorial Internship will give you the skills to develop into a strong multi-platform journalist, while gaining practical education and professional experience in California’s capital. The entire time you will be guided by some of the best journalists in the region (from the publisher to the investigative reporters), all who will mentor you, expose you to area experts, and prepare you for our ever-changing industry.
Just ask Nashelly Chavez, a 2016 NAHJ Bay Area intern and the Sac Bee’s crime reporter
I interned at the Sacramento Bee during the summer of 2016. It was such an exciting and valuable opportunity because it gave me a taste of what it would be like to work at one of California’s top regional papers. What I liked most was being able to better tackle difficult stories as each week went by. Working with the support of my editors and other reporters undoubtedly helped me with that. I became a confident reporter because of my successes here. My assignments took me to Stockton following the arrest of a mayor, the front lines of a fire in Winters, Ca. and a use-of-force training with the Sacramento Police Department. Each day brought something new.
I would strongly recommend an internship at the Sacramento Bee to reporters interested in pursuing a career in journalism. I’m proud to now be working as the paper’s crime reporter and continuing to fine-tune my skills.
But if you are looking for a more recent perspective, here one from Nick Perez, the 2017
Interning at Sacramento Bee taught me a lot. I hit the ground running. I learned video and animation. My editor allowed me to experiment with new video formats and I watched it become the talk of the newsroom. I also learned a lot about Sacramento and how the various parts of city and state government work. The managing editor will work with you on things you want to do. This internship will help propel you in the field and work on your skills.
Apply to join The Sacramento Bee this summer as the 2018 Jennifer Garza Memorial Intern. This paid internship is made possible through a Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)community grant received by the local chapter for summer.
The deadline is March 9, 2018.
You must be an NAHJ member to apply. Please send a resume and samples of your work to: Scott Lebar, Managing Editor, Sacramento Bee email@example.com
Three students, members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ university chapters, have been chosen by The Sacramento Bee to join their newsroom this summer.
Nashelly Chavez and Erasmo Martinez of the San Fransisco State chapter, and Alejandra Reyes representing the UCLA chapter, will spend 10-weeks roaming California’s capital in search for stories that not only impact the local community, but the region and the state. All three will also have the opportunity to learn from seasoned reporters on staff and will be assigned a mentor.
This is the first time that TheBee accepts more than one NAHJ intern for The Jennifer Garza Memorial Internship, which honors former reporter Jennifer Garza (now deceased), who championed more diversity in the Bee’s newsroom. The summer internship program is a partnership between the Bay Area chapter of the NAHJ and The Bee. Each intern will receive a stipend of $3,750.
I can’t thank NAHJ enough for its commitment to giving young journalists an opportunity to find their footing in our profession. Three years ago we collaborated with NAHJ on establishing the Jennifer Garza Memorial Internship in honor of one of our reporters, who had been an intern with us before becoming a staff writer. She valued the program, as do we,” said Scott Lebar, managing editor at TheSacramento Bee, in an email. “Many of our interns get jobs. You will find them at the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Bay Area News Group, and, of course, The Bee. We can’t help make that happen without the kindness of others. I appreciate all NAHJ does, and am grateful for its members’ help and guidance.
Normally The Bee and the NAHJ Bay Area chapter fund only one internship; however, more financial resources became available this year to give the three deserving students an opportunity to gain more experience. The students all have different skills that complement what’s happening in the newsroom, Lebar added.
“We’re proud of our internship program at The Sacramento Bee, where we, too, are committed to providing education and experience — we put these interns to work as members of our newsroom staff — to the next generation of journalists,” he said. “They report, write, copy edit, take photographs, shoot video, create, work hard, and learn the values and ethics of being a watchdog for our community.”
Martinez, who also serves as the SFSU NAHJ chapter president, currently majors in Broadcast and Electronic Communications Arts and minors in Journalism. He hopes to contribute to the video team this summer at The Bee.
“I’d like to thank the Sacramento Bee and NAHJ for this exciting opportunity”, Martinez said. “I’ll take advantage of the internship to build upon my video production skills.”
Chavez, a December 2015 graduate of SFSU, majored in print and online journalism and minored in women and gender studies. While a Gator, Nashelly served as news editor, managing editor and editor-in-chief for SFSU student newspaper, Golden Gate Xpress. She currently interns at the San Francisco Examiner.
She feels honored to be selected as an intern for The Sacramento Bee and is excited for the stories and challenges that await her. Chavez also thanks NAHJ for putting together such an amazing opportunity.
A UCLA Communication Studies student, rising senior Alejandra Reyes has worked as a reporter since 2014 and served as the Daily Bruin’s assistant news editor on the Academics beat since 2015.
The Jennifer Garza Memorial summer 2015 intern was Stela Khury (here are some of the clips she shared with us). The NAHJ Bay Area chapter is able to partially fund the summer intern with funds received from PG&E. The Sacramento Bee matches the other amount of the paid internship.
“It really means a lot to us, the professional chapter, that The Bee hired this many interns”, said Claudia Cruz, NAHJ Bay Area chapter president. “It is our mission to help get more Latinos in newsrooms. This is a step. They gain skills, mentors, references, and bullet point on their resume which all leads to that first full-time job. This is a fantastic opportunity for them and it further builds on our partnership with one of our flagship regional newspapers.”
Supporting the NAHJ Bay Area Chapter
Throughout the year, the Bay Area Chapter hosts a variety of activities, workshops and applies for grants in order to raise funds for the chapter. Our most recent fundraiser was the participation fee for a Google News Lab training and it netted around $140 which will be used to help students pay for the registration fee for our national convention in Washington, D.C. this August. We’ve also we sold tickets – received as a charitable gift by AT&T – to a SF Giants game.
Another way we fundraise is simply by having members. Your membership fees help fund chapter activities. Want to join? Here’s the link.
The NAHJ Bay Area sponsored summer intern at the Sacramento Bee, Stela Khury has in her month at the regional newspaper brought awareness and recognition to the voices and issues of a community which in this case is that of the residents in California’s state capital.
She showed her chops covering reactions to the United States Supreme Court decision which makes same-sex marriage legal across the 50 states. She explained the difficulties a non-profit in Sacramento whose mission is to promote Brazilian culture to fundraise and renovate their center. She highlighted the efforts of Native American men want to leave behind a life of alcoholism and abuse to become better fathers. And, she also took us in the mind of a Sacramento teen cast to play the voice of the little girl Riley in this summer’s blockbuster from Pixar Inside Out.
Khury recieved a $1,500 grant from the NAHJ Bay Area chapter to help cover some of the cost associated with an internship at the Sacramento Bee. The funds were received as a grant from PG&E.
“Thank you again for the Bay Area NAHJ’s support,” Khury shared on the chapter’s Facebook page. “I’m doing my best to repay your kindness with good reporting!”
National Association of Hispanic Journalists is the largest organization of Latino journalists in the United States. Our mission is to increase the number of Latinos in the newsrooms. We also work toward fair and accurate representation of Latinos in news media.