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The Journalism + Media SFMN | Washington and SFMN | New York Bureau Programs are designed to offer students the opportunity to study in one of the most newsworthy locations and media centers in the world while networking with professional journalists, community leaders, and FIU alumni.

Each program offers hands-on academic experiences that reach beyond the traditional classroom structure. Through a combination of theoretical and experiential formats, students will engage in lively academic discussions, traverse each city while conducting investigative field work, and participate in professional workshops and events. Individually, each program will have its own unique focus and point of interest:

SFMN | Washington Bureau


SFMN | New York Bureau

The Washington semester program will focus on the intersection between politics and journalism.  Students will explore the relationship between politics and the media and gain a thorough understanding of the responsibility of the news industry as the “fourth estate”. Student reporters at the New York Bureau will focus their work on the ever-changing, sprawling megalopolis that is New York City. Like their Washington, D.C., colleagues they will learn how journalists cover what is a constantly moving target, how to develop sources and how to find stories. Their stories will cover both political topics and contemporary issues.

Applicants for the SFMN Big City Bureau Experience must:

  1. Be a junior- or senior-level Journalism + Media undergraduate student, a Spanish-language Journalism graduate student, or a recent alumni.
  2. Have a 3.0 minimum GPA
  3. Have completed a previous internship
  4. Be in good standing (academic, personal, and financial)
There are three easy steps to apply:

  1. Meet with your academic advisor to ensure that this program will work with your academic progress/plan (does not apply to alumni applicants)
  2. Complete the online Journalism + Media Big City Semester Experience application
  3. Complete a personal interview

Once the application has been reviewed and the interview conducted, you will be notified of your acceptance via email with the permission number to register for the associated course.

In an effort to best accommodate the needs of our students and offer the most cost-effective option we can, this program will not offer predetermined housing plans. Instead, students will have the opportunity to make their own housing arrangements in a manner that best suits their budget – be that staying with family, friends, or with a third-party housing provider. You can find a listing of recommended housing providers HERE.

Eligible students may qualify for a scholarship to offset the cost of housing on a funds available basis.

Contact Judith Villiers at for more information.


Sabrina Patruno

Sabrina Patruno is a Broadcast Media Major at FIU. Born in Venezuela, but raised in South Florida, she grew up emerged in two different cultures. Her aspiration in life is to host her own pop culture entertainment show. She interned at EVTV Miami, a Venezuelan news station in Miami, and loved to work in that environment. Sabrina graduates this upcoming Spring semester, and she is ready!

Rimah Khandwalla

Rimah, who prefers to go by Sayona, was born in Kenya and moved to Florida when her mother won the green card lottery. Coming from a third-world country, Rimah always knew that she wanted to make a difference in the world, and found her voice through journalism and broadcast media. She has a passion for speaking, writing, and being on camera hoping to one day become a news anchor.


Pablo Alvarez

Pablo Alvarez, a Cuban and Puerto Rican American, has an interest in writing anything and everything regarding politics, the environment, community stories and much more. He wants to write groundbreaking stories that matter to readers and have an impact on them

Mariandrea Vergel Prieto

Samantha is pursuing a major in Journalism and a minor in Political Science, with aspirations of being a political reporter to give a voices to the marginalized and forgotten members of society whose stories she feels deserve to be told. She has interned at the U.S Agency for Global Media and College Park Community paper.

Mariana Vargas

Mariana Vargas is a Senior at FIU majoring in journalism. She was born in Bogota, Colombia but grew up in Miami. Her passion for writing lead her to journalism. She strives to write stories that bring awareness to special causes and inspire others. She hopes to one day travel the world, writing stories of the different people she encounters.

Alexandra Yun

Alexandra is a senior, graduating in Spring 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She has been a part of internships such as the South Florida News Service and now the South Florida Media Network where she has been able to publish articles. Upon graduation, she wants to venture out of Miami and be in New York to explore different avenues of journalism.