Online Reporter Project

Online Reporter Project LogoThe Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) Foundation, with the support of the Pennsylvania Society of News Editors (PSNE) offers a unique three-day internship for college sophomores, juniors and seniors enrolled in journalism or communications programs. This is a great opportunity to build your resume and make contacts for that first job!

During the three-day conference at The Hershey Lodge, Monday, April 1, through Wednesday, April 3, 2019, student interns will have the chance to work one-on-one with industry professionals to produce a live website, conduct interviews, report on industry issues, cover conference presentations and awards programs, and have a chance to network with news media companies and exhibitors from across Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia and more, by covering America East News Media & Technology Summit.

Students who are interested in reporting, shooting video, taking photographs, designing a website and copy editing should apply. *This is an unpaid internship (possible academic credit), with registration to the conference, overnight accommodations, and meals paid by the PNA Foundation.

Deadline to apply for the 2019 Online Reporter Project Internship is Friday, December 7, 2018.

Notification of acceptance will be sent to students by mid-January.

Submit your completed Application Form with a 500-word essay on “Why I want to participate in the 2019 Online Reporter Project.” Also, include a resume describing your academic and extracurricular activities, including your experience in journalism. Submit six clips or a portfolio of photos, graphics, screen grabs or working URLs.

Completed application packages must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, December 7, 2018. Send to: Online Reporter Project, c/o PNA Foundation, 3899 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA  17110.

Download the Application


​”Editors at the York Daily Record/Sunday News have found that the interns with the Online Reporter Project are worth talking to about current or future job openings. The project attracts smart and engaged young journalists who are eager to start journalism careers. In recent years, we hired someone to work on our old night news and digital desk and who later moved into a beat reporting job at the paper. Our sister paper, The Hanover Evening Sun, also has hired from the project’s talent pool.”

Tom Barstow, former Assistant Managing Editor – Regional Design Center


QUESTIONS? Please contact Teresa Shaak, Manager, Foundation Projects, PNA Foundation at 717-703-3003.

*This project is partially funded by a silent auction held each year. Auctioned items are typically donated by news organizations from across the state and bid on by the attendees at the event. Popular donations in the past have been sporting event tickets, signed memorabilia, hotel packages, artwork, gift cards, and area baskets. If you wish to donate an item to support this important project, please contact Teresa Shaak, Manager, Foundation Projects, at or (717) 703-3003.

Thank you to the 2018 Online Reporter Project Interns (and mentors) for the wonderful coverage of this year’s event!

  • Zoe LaPorte, Misericordia University
  • Megan Milligan, Temple University
  • Anh P. Nguyen, Temple University
  • Ashley Stalnecker, Ithaca College

2018 Coverage may be view here.

A special thanks to our editorial mentors:

  • Liz Allen, recently retired from the Erie Times-News;
  • Marta Gouger, Editor, Times News, Lehighton; and
  • Mike Sisak, Social Media/UGC Editor, Associated Press.

See past winners here.