NCR Bertelsen Editorial Fellowship Program

NCR offers a year-long paid fellowship designed to provide recent college graduates with firsthand newspaper experience.

The fellowship application process for 2021 is now open. The application deadline has been extended to April 19.

Program Description:

Fellows work as a full-time staff members in the newspaper's Kansas City, Missouri, headquarters or in a major U.S. city where they live or are based. Fellows gain firsthand experience in a fast-paced virtual newsroom, reporting online news and features, helping with newspaper production, and maintaining including social media and multimedia. Normal business hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Central time, Monday through Friday. Some work will happen outside normal hours, including evenings and weekends. Fellows receive a monthly stipend.


  • Report and write for NCR's website and print edition as assigned by an NCR editor.
  • Help maintain the NCR website under the supervision of the managing editor.
  • Participate in the production of the biweekly newspaper, which includes writing news briefs and photo captions, and other duties assigned by the managing editor.
  • If interested, fellows may help in the design and layout of print pages.
  • If interested, fellows may develop multimedia presentations for the NCR website, including podcasts, videos, etc.
  • Working with the NCR news editor, fellows will set goals based on interests.

Program Dates:

The fellowship program begins in late July/early August 2021 and runs for a year, ending in late July/early August 2022.

To Apply:

Send a cover letter, a resumé and three writing samples to In the cover letter, explain how you learned of this opportunity and why you think you would be a good fit for NCR. If selected for an interview, applicants will be asked to provide references.

Meet Our 2020 Interns

Madeleine Davison
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Former NCR Bertelsen Intern Maria Benevento (Photo: Toni-Ann Ortiz)

About the Bertelsen Fellowship Program:

After joining the NCR Board of Directors in 2010, Tom Bertelsen set up an endowment fund to support promising young Catholic journalists. These young writers were orginally known as "Bertelsen Interns."  The program was renamed a fellowship program in late 2020. Their talents have helped shape NCR's editorial product as they have brought with them new journalistic skills and interests and fresh vantages on the church and wider social issues.

"The NCR internship gives young journalists the opportunity to report on important issues related to religion and public life. I explored the intersection of faith with immigration, accountability, culture and race. Whether it's reporting on climate change driving migration to the U.S., racism within the Catholic Church or downsides of medishare ministries — I was supported in every story by an excellent team. As a woman journalist of color, I was always encouraged to write on issues faced by people of color and amplify BIPOC voices. I was considered an integral part of the team and the confidence I gained from that showed in my work, which I'm very proud of. NCR fosters an environment of growth, encouragement and inclusivity." - Sarah Salvadore, Former NCR Bertelsen Intern

"The Bertelsen internship was a great way for me to kick off my career in journalism. As an intern, I was treated as a critical member of the NCR team, and had the opportunity to report on important topics like sexual abuse and climate change. And when I thought it might even be a good idea to pitch a multi-episode narrative podcast about a couple of eccentric peace activists, my editors gave me a shot!" 
- Jesse Remedios, Former NCR Bertelsen Intern

"As an intern, one of the things I most appreciated was the immediate practical reporting experience, probably the best way possible for me to quickly improve my reporting skills. I was assigned stories from day one and NCR encouraged me to develop a focus on my areas of interest, such as immigration and faith-based activism. I especially enjoyed getting to travel out of state on reporting trips three times, including a seven-day trip to Texas in September 2018 to cover the midterm elections in El Paso and a national Hispanic ministry gathering near Dallas."
Maria Benevento, Former NCR Bertelsen Intern