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Journalism Residency

Put what you’ve learned into practice during the Journalism Residency program, where you will work alongside professional journalists for one quarter at one of Medill’s numerous media partners, giving you the real-world experience to propel your career.

Adam Mahoney stands in the Chicago Sun-Times office smiling and holding a copy of the newspaper.
Adam Mahoney (BSJ21) completed his Journalism Residency at the Chicago Sun-Times where he covered stories on elections, the coronavirus, education and more.

Learn by doing

In the Journalism Residency program, you can immerse yourself in a media outlet in Chicago, across the country or around the world. Medill’s priority is always the health and safety of our students so we may make adjustments to planned travel based on guidance from Northwestern’s Office of Global Safety and Security.

You’ll report, write and produce content on multiple media platforms for companies that range from Popular Science to Discover to Or, practice your new skills at public relations and marketing companies. Wherever you go, you’ll develop new skills, test old ones, sharpen research tactics, explore new communication methods and build your confidence working under deadline pressure.

But you won’t be alone. A faculty mentor will work with you to ensure your time in the program results in development of your career. Medill also ensures that if you need aid, grants are available to help make sure your Journalism Residency isn’t a financial burden.

Medill’s Journalism Residency program is optional for undergraduate students.

Work for media heavyweights

We work with you to match your interests to your site, from award-winning newspapers to cutting-edge digital publications.

Sample recent Journalism Residency locations

Broadcast (TV)

  • KSAT-TV (San Antonio, Texas)
  • MAK Pictures
  • Motion Picture Corporation of America
  • NBC NEWS Partnerships
  • Univision
  • WCAV-TV (Charlottesville, Virginia)
  • WEEK-TV (Peoria, Illinois)
  • WGEM-TV (Quincy, Illinois)
  • WJFW-TV (Rhinelander, Wisconsin)
  • WKOW-TV (Madison, Wisconsin)


  • 19th News
  • Axios
  • Business Insider
  • Bustle
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • The Draft Network
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • Facebook
  • Forbes
  • Golf Channel
  • LinkedIn
  • Military Times
  • Refinery29
  • Stats Perform
  • The Ringer
  • Texas Tribune
  • U.S. News and World Report
  • Vox
  • Washington Post
  • WePlayed
  • YR Media


  • Boston Globe
  • Chicago Sun-Times
  • Chicago Tribune
  • The Colorado Sun
  • Denver Post
  • Jackson Hole
  • The Kitsap Sun
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Observer (Sarasota, Florida)
  • Sacramento Bee
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Texas Tribune
  • The Wall Street Journal


  • AAP News
  • Audubon
  • Backpacker
  • Discover
  • Foreign Policy
  • Inc.
  • Make It Better
  • New York Magazine
  • People
  • Popular Science
  • Smithsonian Magazine
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Sunset
  • The Cut
  • Variety
  • Vulture
  • Washingtonian
  • Washington Monthly


  • Futuro Studios
  • Golf Channel
  • Kivvit
  • Latino USA (NPR)
  • MAK Pictures
  • PBS’ POV
  • Picture Show Films
  • Sikich
  • WLRN Miami Herald News

Marketing/public relations

  • 360i
  • Bustle Digital Group
  • CME Group
  • DDB Chicago
  • Edelman
  • Kivvit
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • MSL
  • Prezi
  • SimplyBe
  • Weber Shandwick
  • Yelp
  • Zendesk