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Global Residency Program

Gain international exposure and build on your Medill training by spending 11 or 12 weeks in a newsroom abroad as an optional fifth quarter.

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Marianna Brady (MSJ17) on the job during her Global Residency at BBC.com in London. She worked on the mobile-and-new-formats team.

What is Global Residency?

Global Residency provides the opportunity for you to build on your skills, gain real-world experience and grow professionally as you produce content in a news organization outside of the U.S. You'll have the chance to work for organizations that are in countries where Medill has existing close ties, including Argentina, Hong Kong, the U.K., South Africa, Israel and Qatar.

During the 11- to 12-week Medill Global Residency program, you will complete a range of assignments similar in quality and quantity to those of an entry-level professional staff member while working under the supervision of an on-site editor and a Medill faculty member.

It is not unusual for students on global residency to produce high-profile stories that receive widespread international play. Increasingly, these stories are produced in multimedia formats and prominently displayed on major websites.

The Residency fills two units of academic credit along with a separate, one-unit Independent Study that helps contextualize your experience. In total, you’ll earn three units for your 5th quarter.

For more information, contact Lecturer Ceci Rodgers.

Student Placement

Students undergo an application process in the quarter preceding the proposed Global Residency.

If accepted, you will be placed in a residency after close consultation with the Director of Global Journalism Learning. The goal is to match you with a placement where the assignments and experiences build on your abilities and interests while meeting the requirements of the news site.

Individual placements include traditional daily field reporting and writing, editing and managing digital news content, video production, video shooting and editing, audio production and audience engagement and social media.

Recent Global Residency program sites

Global Residency alumni

Catherine Ngai (MSJ11)

Catherine Ngai (MSJ11)

Reuters in Dubai

Josh Lederman (MSJ11)

Josh Lederman (MSJ11)

AP in Jerusalem

Kristen Minogue (MSJ10)

Kristen Minogue (MSJ10)

Newsweek in Beijing

Laura Schocker (BSJ08, MSJ09)

Laura Schocker (BSJ08, MSJ09)

BBC in London

Simone Del Rosario (MSJ12)

Simone Del Rosario (MSJ12)

Russia Today in New Delhi

Tanvi Misra (MSJ14)

Tanvi Misra (MSJ14)

BBC in London

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