2017 NBC Summer Partnership

Apply for the chance to be selected for an internship with NBC News Group in New York City and to be matched with an AAJA broadcast mentor!

The 2017 Application Deadline Has Passed

AAJA is now accepting applications for the 2017 NBC Summer Partnership. NBCUniversal will place up to four selected students as paid interns for their programs based in New York City. NBC News Group will determine the show placement of the interns, but students will have the opportunity to inform NBC News Group of their preferences. The selected participants will be paid hourly for their work, and must be able to work full time in New York City during the summer of 2017. A $2,000 housing stipend is available to candidates who live outside a 50-mile radius of the NBC Tri-State area offices. AAJA will also connect each partnership intern with a professional journalist mentor through the AAJA Broadcast Mentoring Program.

The 2017 NBC Summer Partnership application must be received (not just postmarked) by February 17, 2017.


  • Applicants must have a serious interest in pursuing a career in broadcast journalism.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled sophomores or juniors (or students who will still be enrolled full time in the fall of 2017) and on track to receive a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree from a college or university (limited to the United States). Recent graduates and current seniors graduating this spring will not be considered.
  • Production experience is not required, but preferred.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

AAJA student membership is encouraged for all applicants and required for the selected partnership recipients. Log in to your account to join/renew. Further eligibility requirements and more information is included on the application.


The 2017 NBC Summer Partnership application deadline was February 17, 2017.

Read the instructions and send the required materials to:

Student Programs
Asian American Journalists Association
5 Third St., Suite 1108
San Francisco, CA 94103

In the event that you cannot include your video work samples on a DVD, you may include links to your online samples in your résumé. Photocopies of your transcript will be accepted, though one must be an official copy. If you are concerned that your materials will not arrive in time, or if you have any questions about the application process, contact AAJA Program Coordinator Justin Seiter.

NBC Summer Partnership Past Participants


Akira Olivia Kuramoto is a student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism who has recently completed an internship with NBCUniversal’s Today Show. “My internship gave me access to important connections in the journalism world. I believe that because of my internship, my options for jobs after graduation are much more vast than they were before. There are many hoops that I no longer have to worry about now and I am so grateful for that,” Akira says. In the future, she hopes to establish a career in online journalism. Akira is currently producing a story for NBC Asian America.




Rachel Pak is a student at Wellesley College in Massachusetts focusing on media arts & sciences and English. “Before AAJA and this fellowship, I did not know how to approach the industry, and none of my friends or family could help me even if they wanted to do so. I am so grateful to AAJA for giving me this opportunity to connect with so many fantastic mentors at CNBC who taught me and pushed me to be the best I could be,” Rachel says. Since Wellesley College does not have a journalism program, Rachel is truly thankful for the opportunity to work as an NBC Summer Partner with AAJA. She currently works for Wellesley College’s student television station WCTV as an executive producer. Watch one her CNBC segments here and read one of her articles here.



Paayal Zaveri is a student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism who currently works as a reporter for Richmond Confidential. “The AAJA fellowship with NBC allowed me to work at CNBC this summer and learn about TV/video production. I also had the opportunity to hone my writing and reporting skills by contributing articles to CNBC.com and NBC Asian America. I also was able to network within CNBC and the larger NBC company to see what opportunities are available for after I graduate. It opened up a lot of possibilities for my future journalism career,” Paayal says. She is currently focusing on multimedia journalism in graduate school and learning about data journalism, data graphics, and coding to supplement the storytelling skills she acquired through her experience thus far. View her work with CNBC here and here.



2015 NBC Summer Fellows (from left to right) Aliya Bora, Janine Wolf, Jalena Keane-Lee, & Nick Sexton

2015 NBC Summer Fellows (from left to right) Aliya Bora, Janine Wolf, Jalena Keane-Lee and Nick Sexton

Read more about the 2015 NBC Summer fellows. Check out a story that Nick Sexton wrote for NBC News / Asian America.

Watch a CNBC segment that Aliya Bora worked on during her internship.