Summer Journalism Program

The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program


What is the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program? We welcome 35-40 high school students from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton’s campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism. The program’s goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students’ travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program. Students who attend the program come from across the country. The program will enter its sixteenth summer in 2017. It will take place from August 4 to August 14.

What is the program like? Classes at the program are taught by reporters and editors from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Politico, Sports Illustrated and CNN, among other media outlets. Students tour The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast and Bloomberg; cover a professional sports event; cover news events in the Princeton area; film and produce a TV segment; conduct an investigative project; author a group blog; and report, write, edit and design their own newspaper, The Princeton Summer Journal, which is published on the program’s last day. The program is also designed to give students a taste of what life is like at one of the best colleges in the country—students live on campus and eat in one of the university’s cafeterias—and to prepare them to apply to top schools. Students meet with Princeton’s top professors as well as the school’s president and its dean of admissions. Students attend seminars on every aspect of the college admissions process. SJP administers a diagnostic SAT or ACT exam provided by Kaplan Test Prep. The program’s 2016 schedule can be found here. After students return home, program staff remain in contact with them, assisting them during the college application process and helping them to apply for journalism internships once they are in college.

What have our students accomplished? Approximately 350 students have graduated from our program during the past fifteen years, and many return each summer to serve as mentors to our current students. We are proud of their academic and journalistic accomplishments. Since 2008, 61 of our students have gone on to Ivy League schools—plus, four have gone to Stanford, five to Swarthmore, seven to Georgetown, three to Wesleyan, eight to Berkeley, five to Barnard, three to Bowdoin, and three to Bard.

Our students have gone on to write for college newspapers across the country, including The Daily Princetonian, The Harvard Crimson, The Yale Daily News, The Brown Daily Herald, The Columbia Spectator, The Cornell Daily Sun, The Daily Pennsylvanian, The Amherst Student, The Wesleyan Argus, The Middlebury Campus, The Bowdoin Orient and The Georgetown Hoya. Our alumni have also landed jobs or internships at The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Foreign Policy, National Journal, The Huffington Post, The New Republic, The American Prospect, Newsweek, The New York Observer, Sports Illustrated, Huffington Post, Architectural Digest, The Star-Ledger, NPR, MSNBC and NBC, among other outlets.

Who is eligible? This program is intended for low-income students with excellent academic records who are committed to pursuing a career in journalism. To apply for the program, you must meet the following qualifications:

– You must currently be a junior in high school.

– You must live in the United States.

– You must have at least an unweighted 3.5 grade point average (out of 4.0).

– You must have an interest in journalism.

– The combined income of your custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, must not exceed $45,000. (Note: This program is for students from under-resourced financial backgrounds. If the combined income of your custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, exceeds $45,000 and you still wish to apply, you may attach a statement explaining why you believe your family qualifies as financially under-resourced.)

Who runs the program? The program was founded by four Princeton alumni from the class of 2001—Richard Just, Michael Koike, Gregory Mancini and Rich Tucker—who wanted to diversify the world of journalism. Today, the program is run by Richard Just as well as by Marin Cogan, Amanda Cormier, Eliza Gray, Walter Griffin, Lyne Lucien, Tonya Riley, Amanda Rinderle, Brian Rokus, Chanakya Sethi, Tasnim Shamma, Katie Zavadski, and Simon van Zuylen-Wood. Except for two student interns who are hired annually to help coordinate the program, everyone associated with the program is a volunteer. More information about the program’s directors can be found here.

Who funds the program? The program is funded by Princeton University, as well as by grants from foundations and donations from Princeton alumni. In 2016, we received more than 350 applications, but, because of funding limitations, we were able to accept only 11 percent of applicants. We receive so many applications because we are, to our knowledge, the country’s only high school program that seeks to propel low-income students into professional newsrooms by combining journalism education with intensive college admissions preparation—and pays all the expenses of students who attend. Every year, with guidance from the program’s staff, our students apply to, and are accepted at, the country’s best colleges, where they go on to write for top student papers and earn internships at the nation’s most influential newspapers, magazines and television stations. We would like to increase our class size to meet the extraordinary demand among low-income students for spots in the program, and we are therefore currently seeking a donor to help us expand the program in future years. More information about how to donate to the program can be found here. If you  would like more information about the program, the best way to reach us is via email at sjp@princeton.edu.

Summer Journalism Program

Attention Juniors!!   Now is the time to start planning for your summer.

Applications are now available for Princeton University’s summer journalism program.

The all-expenses-paid journalism program is for high school juniors from low-income backgrounds 

In this program, students learn reporting skills from celebrated journalists, report and write their own newspaper, and are paired with a counselor who oversees their college admissions process. SJP alumni have gone on to jobs and internships at The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, and many other news outlets.

The application process for the 2017 summer is now open. The application can be found at www.princeton.edu/sjp and is due at 11:59pm EST on Friday, February 24, 2017.

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Your Job Campaign

Beginning June 1st,





See flyer below.  Your Job Campaign is open to Atlantic City students grades, 8 through 12th.

Your Job Campaign_Summer 2016

2016 GEAR UP Summer Program


With fewer job opportunities and few summer youth programs available for teens, Atlantic Cape Community College has an excellent alternative, fun, and exciting way for you to enjoy your summer.

What:  GEAR UP!!

When:  July 11th – August 18, 2016

Where:  Atlantic Cape Community College – Atlantic City Campus
1535 Bacharach Blvd, AC, NJ

Sign up events will be held at: Atlantic Cape’s AC Campus Cafeteria, 1535 Bacharach Blvd, AC, NJ

Attend FREE field trips, participate in hands-on math, science and language arts classes and select the GEAR UP Academy of your choice.  Choices include:

  • Science
  • Culinary Arts (Baking/Pastry)
  • Art
  • Engineering

For additional questions contact Mr. Robert Kusmiesz, Assistant Director at (609) 343-4811

Click GEAR UP SUMMER PROGRAM 2016 for flyer.

Student Volunteers Wanted!!

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking for student volunteers. If you are available, June 27th – August 19th and you are a Sophomore or Junior in high school, you should consider the position.

Student Volunteers 2016

The FAA is located at The William J. Hughes Technical Center in Pomona and is responsible for aerospace safety.  Although this is an unpaid position, the experience and knowledge you will gain are immeasurable.


  • Be a United States Citizen;
  • Must meet the minimum age allowed for Federal employment, which is 16, as described in OPM’s regulations on child labor at 5 CFR 551.601;
  • Be actively enrolled not less than half-time in high school;
  • Be nominated by your educational institution;
  • Sign and comply with the conditions of the volunteer student service agreement.  This must also be signed by the academic institution;
  • Comply with New Jersey state Child Labor Laws and complete an employment certificate form A300, also known as “working papers”; and
  • Comply with the FAA personnel security requirements which will include being fingerprinted.


Submit a resume, unofficial transcript (official transcript will be required, if selected), and a letter of recommendation from the educational institution.

All documents may be submitted by mail or email to:

Monique Heriegel

Human Resource Specialist

FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center

ACT Regional HR Services Division, AHF-E300

Atlantic City International Airport, NJ 08405

(609) 485-6754



Summer STEM Program

Beginning in January, applications will be accepted for the Navy’s summer programs.

The two main programs are STEM and Naval Academy Summer Seminar. 

STEM:  This program is designed to encourage rising 9th to 11th graders to pursue a course of study in engineering and technology throughout high school and college.  The USNA STEM program will be held at USNA on the following dates:

June 6-11    Rising 9th Graders

June 13-18    Rising 10th Graders

June 20-24    Rising 11th Graders

Applications will be available on January 4, 2016: http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/STEM/

SUMMER SEMINAR:  This is a one week program offered exclusively to students who have just completed their junior year in high school to experience all aspects of the Naval Academy including the academic program and midshipman life.  Sessions will be held on the following dates:

June 4-9

June 11-16

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