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.


Amanda La Rosa

Amanda La Rosa is an FIU student majoring in Journalism and International Relations. She was born in Cuba and moved to Miami at the age of 11. Growing up, she discovered her passion for the communications industry and global affairs. Through journalism, Amanda seeks to bring stories that will impact, inform, and sometimes inspire others. As a content creator for small start-up companies like Weeklist Online Magazine and international-based companies like Groupon, her passions expand beyond writing and reach videography, photography, and graphic designing. By taking on different projects, she has developed writing and editing skills within the political and entertainment field. Amanda hopes to enhance her research and writing skills by challenging herself in Washington D.C as she will be graduating this Fall.


Shannon McMullen

Shannon McMullen is a Broadcast Media major who is ready to graduate and take on the world. She’s always been passionate about writing and she wants to take that passion to television. Shannon is focused on a career in production, although her sights are set on being on camera. She’s learned to sharpen her skills in video editing through her internship at the CW where she gets to film, assist in interviews and piece together stories in Premiere Pro. Born and raised in Miami, Shannon is ready to leave the bubble and enter the big city to create new content in a fast paced, constantly changing environment.

Mariandrea Vergel Prieto

Mariandrea Vergel Prieto is an aspiring Journalist born and raised in Venezuela. Her exposure to the lack of freedom of speech in her home country shifted her interests towards the journalism world and made freedom of speech one of her main passions. Her goal as a journalist is to give a voice to those who don’t have one. She enjoys covering social issues as well as worldwide news, but she also has a passion for pop-culture and reporting about current trends that inundate today’s society. Mariandrea will be graduating this upcoming Fall Semester with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Media and a Minor in General Marketing.