About the CBC North Internship

The objective of the collaboration is for CBC North and the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University to provide students enrolled in the journalism program with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and experience relating to the duties and activities of an editorial assistant in a northern newsroom.

Offered annually, this paid summer internship will provide reporting and writing experience to a student who has expressed a desire to learn more about Canada’s North and its Indigenous peoples. This unique internship will help young journalists better understand the history, diversity and realities of the North and Indigenous peoples through the provision of a work experience that can inform their journalism for the rest of their careers.

This is a paid internship opportunity in which students will be placed with CBC North. The student will intern as an editorial assistant for a two-month term with the option of extending the internship being at the discretion of CBC North. Carleton University has established a donor fund, named in honour of Mary McGuire, to support student travel and/or assist with accommodation during the student’s internship, if relocation is required.

For additional information, please contact Prof. Allan Thompson at allan.thompson@carleton.ca 

Application Process

Applications are due April 14, 2021

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to work with CBC North through an internship program that is exclusive to students in Carleton University’s journalism program.

This inaugural version of the two-month, paid internship can be taken up in either Ottawa or Winnipeg (In future, post-pandemic times the internships will take place in the North, but this is still an excellent opportunity). Because of ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions, this is likely to be a remote placement, but with the intern reporting to CBC North. The start date for the internship is subject to negotiation with CBC North but is likely to be this May or June.  CBC North also has the option to offer to extend the internship beyond eight weeks.

All students in Carleton’s journalism program are eligible to apply, but preference will be given to students who are in their graduating year or in the senior years of the program. The internships are open to both Bachelor of Journalism and MJ students.

Applications are due on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 5 p.m. using the form below

Applicants must submit: 

  • A current CV 
  • A brief statement of intent outlining why you are interested in covering Canada’s North (250 words) 
  • A brief synopsis of a story idea about Canada’s North that you would like to pitch to CBC-North (250 words)
  • The names of two references who can speak to your journalistic work. One of these references should be a faculty member at Carleton who has taught you in a reporting course.