Princeton Journalism Summer Program

The Princeton Summer Journalism Program is a paid-for journalism and college preparation program for high school student journalists from low-income backgrounds at Princeton University. The program’s goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism.

Classes at the program are taught by reporters and editors from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Daily Beast, Time, National Journal, New York Magazine, The New Republic, ESPN the Magazine, CNN and NPR, among other media outlets. Students meet with numerous Princeton professors, as well as Princeton’s president and admissions officers. They report an investigative story, cover a professional sports event, produce a TV segment, and publish their own newspaper. And they receive guidance on the college admissions process not only during the 10 days of the program, but also during the fall of their senior year of high school.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, February 26, 2016.

Eligibility Requirements


To be eligible for the program, students must meet the following qualifications:
  • Must currently be juniors in high school.
  • Must live in the United States.
  • Must have at least an unweighted 3.5 grade point average (out of 4.0).
  • Must have an interest in journalism.
  • Must have combined income of their custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, must not exceed $45,000.