Are you thinking of applying to the 2015 Student Scheme? There’s just under two weeks left to apply, so we’ve put together this short checklist, to make sure that you have everything you need to remember for your application.
1. The deadline to apply is 5pm on Friday, 13th February.
2. Make sure that your proposal involves travel to one of Irish Aid’s key partner countries. A full list of these countries can be found here.
3. Applications must focus on development themes. Check out the UN Millennium Development Goals for some inspiration.
4. Applications must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org using the official PDF application form, which can be downloaded here.
5. All applicants must submit three samples of work that demonstrates their journalistic capacity (if you’ve had articles published or reports broadcast, you can submit them. Alternatively, you can submit three assignment pieces from college).
Remember, this year a shortlist of applicants will be selected by the judges to attend an interview, where they will have the opportunity to ‘pitch’ their story idea to our panel of mentors, including: Foreign Policy Editor at The Irish Times, Paddy Smyth; Newstalk Producer, Sue Cahill; and Storyful.com Journalist, Della Kilroy, in addition to Press Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ross Church.
Previous winners of the Scheme have made lots of valuable connections through their projects and used the experience as a spring board for their journalism careers. One such winner, Sally Hayden, is now a full-time staff member at VICE Magazine. Read about her experiences here.
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