NJC has graduated more than 2,250 journalists from its program, beginning in 1977. Today, we estimate almost 1,000 continue to work in media and media-related positions at a variety of organizations. In addition, NJC alumni have written more than 100 books, some of which have developed from ideas and projects at the National Journalism Center.
In 2001, NJC became a project of Young America’s Foundation. Today, NJC utilizes the Foundation’s many resources, speakers, and student and campus contacts to continue to reach and educate increasing numbers of young people interested in becoming truth-seeking journalists.
NJC alumni succeed after their internships because of the rigorous training they receive while in the program. The training consists of hands-on experience at trusted media outlets as well as educational seminars at Young America’s Foundation headquarters in Reston, Va. The focused classroom experience equips NJC interns with the skills they'll need to become valuable assets for their placements and future employers.
National Journalism Center interns hear from numerous speakers throughout each session. Speakers range from all mediums, including print, digital, radio, and broadcast, providing students with a broad understanding of journalism as a profession. Leading policy experts, commentators, and writers also ensure students learn the basic tenants of conservatism and free enterprise — ideas not taught at most journalism schools.
NJC participants are often rising seniors or recent graduates, so an emphasis is placed on developing valuable workplace skills to assist all students in their job searches. The program also offers networking opportunities, sessions on resume crafting and interview skills, and valuable career coaching during and after the program.