Want to study abroad but think you can’t afford it? Think again, says Rachele Kanigel, who wrote this blog post as the co-director of ieiMedia’s new program in Kyoto, Japan.
One of the best ways to raise money for a study abroad program is to apply for a scholarship from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This federally funded program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.
Several students have won Gilman scholarships to study abroad with ieiMedia. This year, Amy Venn, a student at Valley City State University in North Dakota, won a Gilman scholarship to study in our Oslo, Norway, program, and you can see several of her blogposts here. In 2013 Taylor Gilman a journalism student at Metropolitan State University, won a $4,000 Gilman scholarship to study with ieiMedia in Istanbul. Kat Russell, a student at California State University, Northridge, won a $5,000 Gilman scholarship to study in Istanbul in 2011. You can read about her experience in this piece she wrote for MediaShift.
The Gilman program is designed to “broaden the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints,” according to the program’s website. It aims to “support students who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.”
This year the Gilman program will award more than 2,800 scholarships of up to $5,000. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need; the average grant is $3,000. About 27 percent of students who apply win Gilman scholarships.
The program is open to students from public and private institutions from all 50 states; Washington, DC; and Puerto Rico.
To be eligible for a Gilman Scholarship, an applicant must:
- Be a citizen of the United States;
- Be an undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions);
- Be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship;
- Be in the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program of at least two weeks for community college students and four weeks for students from four-year institutions, in a single country and eligible for credit from the student’s home institution. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement;
- Plan to study in a country not currently under a travel warning issued by the United States Department of State. (ieiMedia never holds a study abroad course in these countries when they are on the travel warning list.)
Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray study- or intern-abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.
The Gilman Program offers two summer application cycles for summer programs. The deadlines are Oct. 4 and March 7. People who apply in October will find out in late February; those who apply in March find out in May.
All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time on the date they are due. The online application system will close at this time and no more applications will be accepted. This deadline also includes uploading official transcripts from your current college or university and any transfer institution listed in your application.
Here are some tips for applying to the Gilman program:
- Before you begin the application, contact the appropriate offices at your school to determine the correct study abroad and financial aid adviser(s) who must certify your application. Some institutions designate a specific financial aid or study abroad adviser to certify all Gilman Scholarship applications.
- Submit your application at least a few days before the due date to ensure that you do not miss the deadline as a result of technical difficulties or because of heavy traffic on the Gilman website. Make sure your application is complete!
- Some institutions require a written release of information form before your advisers can certify your application. Failure to submit a written release of information form to your adviser, if required by your university, will delay the processing of your application.
- The Gilman application requires two essays: the Statement of Purpose Essay and the Follow-on Service Project Proposal. When writing your Statement of Purpose essay, stress what you hope to gain from the program and how it will help you fulfill professional and personal goals. For more information about the essays, visit the Gilman program website. (http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program/Application-Process/Essays)
- Eligible programs must be a minimum of four weeks (28 days)— or two weeks (14 days) for current community college students — in one country and can be as long as one academic year. Students who are interested in ieiMedia’s Kyoto program should also plan to participate in the optional three-day Japan English Model United Nations Conference immediately before the international reporting program, so that study-abroad experience will meet the 28-day requirement.
If you do not qualify for a Gilman scholarship, contact your financial aid office and study-abroad office to inquire about other funding opportunities.
“To be a reporter in Istanbul is to drop into the middle of the action.”
“This has been much more than a chance to live in Italy for a month–it’s been a chance to learn and apply valuable information that will make me more equipped for a professional career in media production.”
“I learned that journalism is so much more than disseminating news. It’s linking people from opposite sides of the world through a core human interest.”
These are the voices of ieiMedia’s 2014 students, who traveled this past summer to France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, and Northern Ireland to study multimedia journalism, narrative journalism, social media, international reporting, and creative writing. They produced videos, made photos, and reported and wrote about everything from flamenco and truffles to Syrian women in Turkey and the tension in Hebron.
Now we’re looking forward to next summer’s courses and to a new crop of equally inspired–and inspiring–students. And we’re hoping that your students, and perhaps you, will join us.
For summer 2015, we offer six international learning adventures:
- Valencia, Spain: narrative journalism
- Nice, France: multimedia journalism
- Jerusalem, Israel: international reporting
- Urbino, Italy: multimedia journalism, magazine journalism
- Armagh, No. Ireland: creative writing, multimedia journalism
- Istanbul, Turkey: international reporting, internships
In addition, we are proud to announce ieiMedia’s James Foley Memorial Scholarship in International Photojournalism in honor of the journalist tragically executed while covering the war in Syria. The winner of the $5,000 scholarship will attend our program in Urbino, Italy, to study with our award-winning photography faculty, including Pulitzer prize winner Dennis Chamberlin and former White House photographer Susan Biddle.
Keep in mind that our application deadline is February 1, 2015. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and will close as each program is filled. Apply early to secure a spot!
Please share this information with your students, colleagues, and friends.
In the summer of 2012, Leah De Graaf, now a senior in journalism and mass communication at Iowa State University, took part in ieiMedia’s Magazine Journalism course in Urbino, Italy. She produced three stories for Urbino Now, the magazine produced annually by the course. One story explored pausa, the Italian custom of taking a lengthy mid-day break. She also wrote a feature and sidebar about La Tavola Marche, a inn and cooking school run by two American ex-pats. Her feature won our best feature award for 2012.
This summer, Leah was one of 33 students chosen to take part in the ASME internship program, a prestigious opportunity for which more than 300 applied. She spent two months as an intern at Real Simple magazine, a publication of Time, Inc. Leah discovered that Real Simple is a much nicer place than magazines depicted in movies like The Devil Wears Prada, and that New York is a lot more crowded than Iowa. We checked in with her to find out what else she learned.
What was your job as an intern at Real Simple? What was a typical day like? Whom did you work with?
At Real Simple I was placed in the research department. I was working with a team of six staff researchers and one other intern. My major assignment while at the magazine was working on the Family Issue, an annual special issue. For this issue, I fact-checked three front-of-the-book articles and one food feature, and did the reporting for a sidebar of a feature story on “helicopter parents.” The rest of my free time was spent fact-checking other articles for the August, September, and October issues of the monthly print magazine. I worked on a really broad range of topics, which was one of the best parts. While we were waiting on stories to arrive on our desks, I also researched different topics for other editors and transcribed interviews. Towards the end of my time at Real Simple, I spent a few weeks in the fashion department helping the assistants check in and organize clothes for photo shoots.
On a typical day, I had a 20-30 minute commute to work on the subway. I arrived a little before 10 a.m., would check my email, and get started going through the stories on my desk. Most of the time I was checking specific names, quotes, prices, and stores against fact sheets and direct emails from PR representatives. Occasionally I got to talk to sources over phone and email to verify quotes or other questions from top editors. My supervisor would usually come say, “good morning” before 11 and talk about what copy was expected to move to research that day. Around 1 p.m. I usually took an hour lunch with other ASME interns working in the Time & Life Building.
Mondays were my favorite because I got to attend the weekly staff meeting where the deputy managing editor led us through the lineup and checked the progress of each story, with both editorial and design staff members. There were usually about 30 people from all of the different departments at these meetings.
Recently, internships have come under fire as a way to get free labor or make some unsuspecting young person handle all the grunt work. Based on your ASME intern blog post, it sounds like you had a much more rewarding experience. What made the difference?
I really think this all comes down to the leadership at Real Simple and the staff. Everyone was down-to-earth and easy to talk to. Yes, I was extremely intimidated sitting in the office of Kristin van Ogtrop, the managing editor, surrounded by not only her but the executive editor and the managing editor of RealSimple.com. It was clear by their body language how engaged they were in what I had to say, so I was more open and relaxed as a result. Kristin sat casually back in a cozy armchair, and Sarah sat with her whole body facing me on the same couch where I sat. As I told them about my experience at Real Simple, I could tell they genuinely cared about what I was saying. I wasn’t just some girl from Iowa. Of course, they were fascinated with the fact that I grew up on a hog farm.
Also, I was paid for the work I was doing. A lot of times it is the interns who are working for free that are given the grunt work the magazines don’t want to pay someone to do. Although, other interns in my same program were regularly sent on coffee runs and out on errands for editors, and they were paid the same as me. It just depends on the environment of the magazine you are working for.
ieiMedia is hitting the road! Students, faculty and college media advisers who want to learn more about our programs, teaching opportunities and academic partnerships can find us at:
- Associated Collegiate Press Midwinter National College Journalism Convention
Feb. 28-March 3, 2013
The Westin San Francisco Market Street
50 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Presentation: Don’t Just See the World, Cover it!
Friday, March 1
1:10 to 2:15 p.m.
- College Media Association Spring National College Media Convention
March 9-12, 2013
Sheraton New York Hotel
811 7th Avenue 53rd Street
New York, New York 10019
To make an appointment contact ieiMedia Executive Director Rachele Kanigel at rkanigel(at)ieimedia.com.
Turkish Airlines (www.turkishairlines.com) has launched the Turkish Airlines World Travel 101 Sweepstakes. This monthly promotion gives students attending an accredited U.S. college or university the opportunity to win a round- trip ticket to any of Turkish Airlines’ more than 200 destinations.
Students can enter via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/
Turkish Airlines will give one round-trip ticket to any of Turkish Airlines’ global destinations to two students each month from January to June 2013. Students can only enter once per month, regardless of the number of e-mail addresses or Facebook accounts they may have. Approximately a week after each month ends, the Judging Agency will conduct a random drawing from among all eligible entries received during the previous month.
Rules for the sweepstakes are available at http://www.
ieiMedia has no relationship with Turkish Airlines.
The competition for 14 scholarships and five internships is open to undergraduate and graduate students studying at American colleges and universities — and Americans studying abroad — who aspire to become foreign correspondents.
The OPC Foundation internships allow students to work in foreign bureaus of leading international news organizations, such as the Associated Press and Reuters, and at foreign English-language media companies like the South China Morning Post and Cambodia Daily. The foundation pays travel and living expenses for interns for one month.
Winning a prestigious OPC Foundation award has helped launch numerous careers in foreign reporting. If you’re looking for inspiration, see what some past winners are doing now.
Applications are due Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.
To apply, submit a Cover Letter, Resume and Writing Sample. Your name and school should appear at the top of each page. The Writing Sample of approximately 500 words should concentrate on an area of the world or an international issue that interests you. It can be in the form of a story, news analysis or a traditional essay. Recent winners have written on such diverse topics as playing black jack on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, political activism in Morocco, and social upheaval in China. Applicants are also encouraged to submit essays showing a strong understanding of, or interest in, global economic issues such as trade, finance, emerging markets, immigration or environmental impacts.
The Cover Letter should be autobiographical in nature, addressing such questions as how you developed an interest in this particular part of the world, a story pitch, or how you would use the scholarship to further your journalistic ambitions. We hear the judges respond well to applications showing strong reporting skills, color, and understanding or passion.
You may email, fax or mail your application. Email is preferred.
William J. Holstein
Overseas Press Club Foundation
40 West 45 Street
New York NY 10036
Winners will be contacted in December so that arrangements can be made for them to attend the Foundation Scholarship Luncheon on Feb. 22, 2013 in New York City. Recipients are expected to attend. David Rohde, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent and investigative journalist for Reuters, will speak at the luncheon, which will take place at the Yale Club.
For more information, contact Jane Reilly, Executive Director, at email@example.com or call 201-493-9087.
Urbino Project 2011 alumna Sydni Dunn landed four internships this summer, which must be some kind of record. But it’s not surprising considering the quality of her work for Urbino Now magazine and her track record with previous internships. Here’s what she had to say in a recent e-mail to me about deciding which opportunity to take.
“By the end of my search, I was offered positions at: The Charlotte Observer, The Times-Picayune, ASME and the Student Press Law Center. I was in a very nice situation to decide! The first two had to be ruled out for financial reasons (both unpaid), and I was torn between the last two. I ended up choosing the Student Press Law Center. I knew I would be placed at a fantastic publication [with the ASME intership], but I was nervous that we wouldn’t find out where until after we agreed to participate. And at the end of the day, I thought I would get more physical work at SPLC. I also got a media law bug earlier in the year and thought this position would help me determine whether I wanted to go to law school for First Amendment. I am now working at SPLC, a non-profit that advocates free press rights for student journalists, as a journalism intern writing daily blog posts and News Flashes for the website, writing magazine features and designing pages for our tri-annual publication and overseeing the layout/design of some additional materials (end of the year reports, etc). I’m really enjoying it, and I LOVE living in D.C. I am, however, itching to get back to a newspaper or magazine atmosphere.”
When Sydni returns to Louisiana State University to finish her degree this fall, she will be editor of the campus quarterly magazine, The Legacy. Way to go, Sydni!
(UPDATE November 12: In December, Sydni will return to Washington for a six-month internship with The Chronicle of Higher Education.)
Sydni Dunn, Urbino magazine program alumna and journalism senior at Louisiana State University, has landed a meaty internship at New Orleans’s Times-Picayune. (That well-respected paper is also home to Urbino multimedia instructor Bob Marshall.) Sydni’s profile for Urbino Now of the town’s last traditional barber, called “Snips of History,” was honored as best feature at the end of the 2011 program. Here’s Sydni’s dispatch:
I participated in ieiMedia’s magazine program in Urbino, Italy, during the summer of 2011. While in Urbino, I was able to immerse myself in the culture of the Le Marche region, explore my new surroundings and, best of all, write about it. I occasionally flip through Urbino Now, the magazine we created, and attempt to relive that summer through my classmates’ prose and photos. It works every time.
And though I am back at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, I cherish every moment I spent in Urbino with ieiMedia and continue to apply what I learned to my current journalism adventures.
I am now a senior at LSU studying print journalism, international studies and Italian. I am a staff writer for the University’s quarterly magazine Legacy; a freelance writer for the Baton Rouge newspaper The Advocate; a copy editor and Special Reports Chair for the University’s newspaper The Daily Reveille; and the City Desk news intern at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans.
I attribute my ability to work at such a variety of publications to ieiMedia and the lessons it taught me in being adaptable. Finding story ideas in a foreign place, conducting interviews alongside a translator and creating a travel magazine to capture the essence of Le Marche was such an invaluable experience. I now know that if I can thrive as a journalist in another country, there is no limit to what I can do in Louisiana.
For an aspiring international journalist, ieiMedia was the perfect gateway to explore my interest and help reinforce what I want to do with the rest of my life.
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