Summer Fellowships

The Indianapolis Press Club Foundation believes in providing paid summer fellowship opportunities for deserving college journalism students.

We know the best education often comes on the job, so we work with local media to identify full-time internship opportunities to enable students to grow in their career.

Typically, we are able to offer two, 10-week fellowships paying $6,000 each. Previous fellowships have been offered through Chalkbeat Indiana, Fox59, Indianapolis Business Journal, Indianapolis Monthly, The Indianapolis Recorder and WFYI.

The 2020 Summer Fellows were selected in January 2020 (see below). We will announce opportunities for the 2021 Summer Fellows in late 2020.

Be sure to check our News page for IPCF updates.

Congratulations To Our Two 2020 Summer Fellows


Mikaili Azziz

IUPUI Sophomore

Mikaili Azziz, an IUPUI sophomore, will work at the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper.


Emily Isaacman

Indiana University Junior

Emily Isaacman, an Indiana University junior, will work at Chalkbeat Indiana.

We cannot wait to see the great stories they produce this summer.

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2019 Summer Fellows

Emily Cox

Emily Cox spent 10 weeks at WFYI.

“My fellowship was even better than expected,” said Emily Cox, a Ball State Univeresity graduate. “I got to cover challenging subjects/high interest events. I learned so much and gained great connections.

Read Cox’s stories here

Sorell Grow spent 10 weeks at IBJ.

“This fellowship program is a tremendous opportunity for students who want to pursue journalism because it can be so hard to find internships of this caliber that are actually paid,” said Sorell Grow, a senior at Butler University. “I am so grateful to have had this opportunity!”

“I was pleasantly surprised at how much freedom IBJ allowed me to write stories on a broad array of topics and styles –from quick breaking news to longform features,” Grow added.

Read Grow’s stories here

Sorell Grow

2018 Summer Fellows

Sarah Panfil

Sarah Panfil, Indiana University, worked at WFYI.

“In a field like journalism and media in general, it’s so difficult to find work that pays…. The fellowship allowed me to work full time for WFYI and I really felt like a part of the team.”

Panfil spent 10 weeks at WFYI and covered a wide range of topics that included politics, transit issues, homelessness and even sinkholes in downtown Indianapolis.​

Panfil’s WFYI stories

“I was scared to start daily news reporting/general assignment work because quick turnarounds were always difficult for me. This fellowship taught me to jump right in and get the work done.”

Shelby Mullis

Shelby Mullis, Franklin College, worked at Chalkbeat Indiana.

“I was very impressed with the fellowship. It gave me the opportunity to jump right into a newsroom and put my skills to work.”​

Mullis spent 10 weeks at Chalkbeat Indiana, an online, nonprofit educational news service. Among the topics she covered were charter schools, ethnic studies, learning disabilities and affordable housing for teachers.​

Mullis’ Chalkbeat stories

“Honestly, I wish my stay at Chalkbeat could have been longer than 10 weeks, but this is coming from someone who loves to stay busy and work…. I simply want to thank the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation for this opportunity.”

2017 Summer Fellows

Carley Lanich, the 2017 Fellow
(At her desk at Indianapolis Business Journal)

​Carley Lanich, Indiana University, worked at Indianapolis Business Journal

Carley Lanich, the 2017 fellowship winner, was chosen from a field of 26 applicants. An Indiana University student, Lanich spent eight weeks working at Indianapolis Business Journal.

“I learned so much at IBJ — both about journalism and business,” Lanich said. “I found mentors in my editors and fellow reporters and am excited to say I’m walking away with some work I am really proud of.”​

Lanich, a native of Indianapolis, came in second place in the foundation’s 2016 Thomas R. Keating competition. She is double majoring in journalism and political science and minoring in international studies.​

“I am so grateful to the Indy Press Club for making this such an incredible and valuable learning experience.”

2016 Summer Fellows

Alexandra Kincaid
(At Her Indy Monthly Desk)

Alexandra Kincaid, Ball State University, worked at Indianapolis Monthly.

“Throughout my eight weeks at Indy Monthly, I had multiple opportunities to report and write for both print and online, and while doing so, I was able to improve my skills as a journalist,” Kincaid said.” I was also able to gain a better understanding of the inner workings of the magazine industry and how the publication comes together.​

Kincaid enjoyed having her own office at Indianapolis Monthly.​

“Paid internships are difficult to come by, and your (the press foundation’s) generosity has allowed me to gain invaluable experience while not accumulating more student debt.”​

Kincaid also won the foundation’s Last Row Scholarship Feature Writing Award.

Sierra Hignite, Indiana University, worked at CBS 4/Fox 59

“I got much more out of my fellowship than I expected, Hignite said. “This was my second news internship in the Indy market and it was by far the more beneficial one.​

Hignite said having a paid internship made a big difference since the previous one had been unpaid.​

“I felt I was able to put in more focus on my internship and really give 100 percent of my focus since I didn’t have to balance it with another job.”