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NBCU Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Fellowship

The NBCU DEI Fellowship is fully funded from a generous grant from NBC Universal through June 2024. The foundation of journalism rests on its commitment to the unbiased exchange of information as it pertains to all members of society. The voice of the Press, therefore, is mine, yours, and ours. The Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media endeavors to uphold this crucial principle through a robust curriculum that champions for and promotes the practice of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion among its student journalists.

The NBCU Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Fellowship is a highly competitive program that allows our students to participate in and help shape a truth and fact-based news process that accurately and fairly represents our diverse global, national, and local communities. In partnership with NBCU Academy, our students will receive real-world insight and mentorship from NBCU News Group journalists, executives and management from editorial and production teams across NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo to work to champion the cause for a more equitable and inclusive journalistic practice.

How the program works

During this multi-semester program, NBCU Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fellows will enroll in a series of Special Topics courses that will explore the responsibility of journalists in advancing equity and fairness in reporting.  Course topics will focus on issues related to social justice, racial justice, gender equality, immigration, housing inequity, among others.

Selected students must have at least two semesters left to complete at time of participation and are eligible to receive a $10,000 award to help cover any course/program-related expenses, as well as, student housing, tuition subsidies, academic materials, field equipment, and program-related travel.

The curriculum structure will include:

  • Workshops and guest lectures by NBC Group journalists, executives and management
  • Immersive, in-field experience covering stories related to diversity issues for publication on the South Florida Media Network and/or other publications – NBCU fellows will be required to complete one semester at the Washington D.C. Bureau
  • Formal academic instruction: students register each term of participation into one 3-credit Special Topics course that can be counted toward a pending major-specific or elective requirement.

Students are expected to fully commit to attend all lectures, workshops, trainings, and events of this program during their participation semester(s).


  • Student must be in good academic and financial standing with Florida International University.
  • Student must be a junior or senior Journalism + Media major at the time of undertaking the fellowship/scholarship. Pre-approved exceptions for Graduate students with a demonstrated financial need may be possible.
  • Student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
  • Student must have demonstrated excellent storytelling, writing and multimedia skills.
  • Previous successful internship experience preferred
  • Student must have a commitment to work in support of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Student must have a commitment to creating content reflective of diverse communities that provide insight into contemporary challenge

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful” -Malala Yousafzai


  • Learn from professional and industry leaders in a highly competitive Journalism + Media program
  • Receive up to 12 academic credits to count toward your major-specific and/or elective requirements
  • Receive a $10,000 award toward FIU cost of attendance and program expenses
  • Spend a semester in our state-of-the-art Washington D.C. Bureau
  • Access to industry professionals including reporters, executives, and management
  • Robust portfolio of professional work and valuable work experience
  • Increase your professional and career network
  • Access to NBCUniversal recruiting events for internships and/or full-time employment

“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay
ourselves the highest tribute.” – Thurgood Marshall

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete the online NBCU Diversity, Equity & Inclusion application
  1. Complete a personal interview. This will be scheduled by the Journalism + Media office once your application has been reviewed should you meet our criteria.

Once your 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 and next steps in the process.  This is a highly competitive fellowship, so make sure to apply early!

Still have questions? Contact us and we will be glad to provide more information.