Application period closed for 2020 AWSM Scholars program

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AWSM Board

The Association for Women in Sports Media is no longer accepting applications for the 2020 AWSM Scholars program. The deadline to apply was Oct. 15, 2019.

AWSM will award up to eight 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. The winners are expected to be officially announced in December.

The 2019 AWSM scholars spent their summers working at ESPN,, USA Today, CNN, the Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and USA Softball. The 2020 placements will be announced at a later date.

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).

Does it cost anything to apply?

The application is free for student members of AWSM ($25 annually; sign up here); $40 for nonmembers. Membership takes two business days to process.

When is the deadline?

The deadline for the 2020 program was Oct. 15, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. PST.

The application period for the 2021 program will open next year in the fall.

What do I need to apply?

  • Your resume
  • 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.
  • $40 or AWSM membership: If you aren’t a student member of AWSM, it is $40 to apply. An AWSM student membership is $25 per year. Student members get discounts to our annual convention, access to our membership database 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.

Are the internships paid?

Yes, the internships are guaranteed to be paid.

What if I have other questions?


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