2021 AWSM Scholars application period closed

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The Association for Women in Sports Media is no longer accepting applications for the 2021 AWSM Scholars program. The deadline to apply closed on Nov. 20, 2020.

AWSM will award female college students a $1,000 scholarship and placement in a paid internship in one of four fields: sports writing, broadcast production, social media and media relations. ESPN, NCAA Digital at Turner Sports, the Orlando Sentinel, Sports Illustrated, USA Softball and USA Today Sports are among the 2021 internship hosts, with more to be announced soon.

The winners will be announced later this year. 

Since 1990, AWSM has placed more than 200 female college students interested in sports media careers in paid summer internships. 

Our AWSM Scholars also each receive a $1,000 scholarship thanks to the ongoing support and generosity of our donors: Christine Brennan, Martin Doerfler, Kristin Huckshorn, Myra MacPherson, Jim Jenks, Tom Jolly, Jorge Rojas and the Associated Press Sports Editors.

AWSM Scholars frequently asked questions

Who is eligible?

The program is open to female college students who have completed at least one year of college (sophomores and above; grad students also eligible). Students graduating in 2021 are allowed to apply.

Does it cost anything to apply?

There is no application fee, but you must be an AWSM student member to apply. Our student memberships cost $25. You will be eligible if you begin your membership application by the internship application deadline. Membership takes two business days to process.

When is the deadline?

The deadline for the 2021 program is Nov. 20, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. PST.

The application period for the 2022 program will open next year in the fall.

What do I need to apply?

  • Your résumé
  • A headshot: Will be used only for promotional materials if you’re awarded a spot.
  • A personal statement: In 500 or fewer words, explain why you’re a good candidate for an internship.
  • Three to five work samples:  Such as links to articles or news releases; links to published work on YouTube that show your production or reporting skills; social media campaigns; or any other relevant work experience.
  • Three references: References should be able to vouch for your character and quality of work.
  • AWSM student membership: If you aren’t a student member of AWSM, it costs $25 to join. Student members get discounts to our annual convention, access to our membership database, our members only job board and lots of other perks.

Do I have a choice of what type of internship I am offered?

On the application form, you’ll be asked to indicate in which fields you’re interested in working: social media, broadcast production, sportswriting or media relations. You can choose more than one field.

If I’m offered an internship, will I have to move?

You will be required to be based in the city in which the company is located or be asked to work remotely. Employers have committed to working with interns if there are ongoing coronavirus safety restrictions during the summer internships.

Are the internships paid?

Yes, the internships are guaranteed to be paid.

What if I have other questions?

Email AWSM internship/scholarship lead coordinator Beth Maiman at bethmaiman@gmail.com.

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